Do you love surprises? Well, some of the best hikes in Arizona are so amazing that they'll leave you in awe! Grab your hiking boots and prepare for an unforgettable trip.

Okay, so the state is filled with a ton of hiking trails, but these spots are pretty darn scenic. 

From red rock formations and a volcano to a massive rock that looks like a legit thumb's up, you'll get rewarded with epic views after all of your hard work. 

Boynton Canyon Trail might just fill you with a sense of calm as many people claim that it's home to one of the state's healing vortices.

While Humphrey's Trail is not for the faint of heart, the challenging trek is for adventure seekers who love a long journey and a bird's eye view of the world below. 

There's something for everyone! All you have to do now is figure out which one you'll try first. 

Happy hiking. 

Lava Flow Trail

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Length: 1-mile roundtrip

Location: Loop Road, Flagstaff, AZ 

Why You Need To Go: This paved path lets you explore the base of Sunset Crater, and pets are allowed too!

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Boynton Canyon Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.5 miles

Location: Boynton Canyon Trail, Sedona, AZ

Why You Need To Go: Some people believe that this spot is home to a magical healing vortex so you can get some R&R in nature while rejuvenating your body and mind. 

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Echo Canyon Trailhead

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 1.2 miles

Location: 4925 E. McDonald Dr., Phoenix, AZ

Why You Need To Go: The peak of this summit has breathtaking views of the Valley. It's worth all of your hard work.

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Soldier Pass Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 4.5 miles roundtrip

Location: Sedona, AZ

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through red rocks and be rewarded with views of rock formations, cliffs, and more! 

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Humphrey's Trail

Difficulty: Very Difficult

Length: 5.5 miles one way

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Why You Need To Go: If you want a bird's eye view, this spot will make you feel like you're on top of the world. 

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Tom's Thumb Trail

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 2.2 miles

Location: 23015 N. 128th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Why You Need To Go: There's about a 1,000-foot elevation gain as you reach the rock that looks like a thumb's up!

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Peralta Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 6.2 miles

Location: Peralta Road, Gold Canyon, AZ

Why You Need To Go: The entire way, you'll get stunning nature views, and the top is no different.

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The sweat is worth all of the surprises awaiting you!


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