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Gems in Central AZ - 5

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gem Favorite Cliff jumpers take advantage of the scenery for excellent action shots (we saw one person jump from the top of the waterfall)

Fossil Creek Falls

(16) Pine, AZ
gem Favorite This is just a sampling of the hieroglyphics you'll see along the trail.

Hieroglyphs

(18) Apache…, AZ
gem Favorite Sunrise from Goldmine Mountain.

Goldmine Mountain Peak

(8) Queen C…, AZ
gem Favorite View of Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well

(10) Lake Mo…, AZ
gem Favorite Ancient Montezuma Castle built into the rocks.

Montezuma Castle

(7) Camp Verde, AZ

Recommended Routes in Central AZ - 92

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Favorite View from the end of the trail. From here you may choose to walk onto the bridge or for those with a fear of heights can stay right here and enjoy the view as well.
Intermediate

Devil's Bridge Trail

1.6 mi 2.5 km 342' Up 104.32 m Up 342' Down 104.24 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Difficult

Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

3.2 mi 5.2 km 1,193' Up 363.49 m Up 1,190' Down 362.66 m Down

Paradis…, AZ
Favorite Two rocky heads stand alongside the Bear Mountain Trail.
Difficult

Bear Mountain Trail

4.6 mi 7.4 km 1,932' Up 588.9 m Up 1,932' Down 588.9 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite View north from near summit of Tom's Thumb.
Difficult

Tom's Thumb

4.4 mi 7.1 km 1,084' Up 330.45 m Up 1,084' Down 330.28 m Down

Rio Verde, AZ
Favorite Tree hanging on the edge of the rock!
Intermediate

West Fork Oak Creek Trail

5.4 mi 8.7 km 510' Up 155.34 m Up 510' Down 155.51 m Down

Sedona, AZ
Favorite Atop the mesa
Intermediate

Brins Mesa - Soldier Pass Loop

8.0 mi 12.9 km 970' Up 295.76 m Up 970' Down 295.57 m Down

West Se…, AZ
Favorite The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Difficult

Superstition Ridgeline

11.2 mi 18.1 km 3,431' Up 1045.89 m Up 3,286' Down 1001.49 m Down

Apache…, AZ
Favorite Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Intermediate/Difficult

Peralta Out and Back

4.5 mi 7.2 km 1,338' Up 407.81 m Up 1,337' Down 407.66 m Down

Gold Camp, AZ
Favorite Bell Rock.
Intermediate

Courthouse Butte Loop

3.9 mi 6.3 km 302' Up 92.2 m Up 303' Down 92.4 m Down

Village…, AZ

Central AZ Running

  • 5,361 Miles 8,628 Kilometers of Trail
  • 92 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Gems Gems
  • 433 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 666 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 240 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central AZ - 1,247

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0.5 mi 0.9 km #1Cathedral Rock Trail
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ
Difficult
West Sedona, AZ 64 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #2Siphon Draw Trail #53
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ 41 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3Echo Canyon Summit Trail
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 52 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ
Difficult
Paradise Valley, AZ 46 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #5Hangover Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Sedona, AZ 17 
1.3 mi 2.0 km #6Doe Mountain Rim Trail
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 17 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #7Cibecue Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cibecue, AZ
Intermediate/Difficult
Cibecue, AZ 10 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #8Boynton Canyon Trail #47
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ
Intermediate
West Sedona, AZ 19 
2.4 mi 3.8 km #9Dynamite Trail
Intermediate
Queen Creek, AZ
Intermediate
Queen Creek, AZ
8.0 mi 12.9 km #10Superstition Ridgeline Trail
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ
Very Difficult
Apache Junction, AZ

Photos of Central AZ - 1,165

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Dawn from the top of Flatiron Trail
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
The saddle above Flatiron Trail, lit by the city, about 2:30AM. For me, the moment the camera earned its pack weight.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Shot from the adjacent Made In The Shade Trail off of Slim Shady Trail, which is just slightly higher and gives a better view of Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte
Nov 24, 2019 near Village…, AZ
The small dam after monsoon rain.
Jul 27, 2021 near Prescott, AZ
Atop the mesa
Jul 21, 2021 near Sedona, AZ
Moonbow on way up Carney slope.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Moonbow halfway up the initial Carney Spring climb.
Jan 25, 2020 near Apache…, AZ
Sunset over Phoenix while descending Camelback
Mar 8, 2019 near Paradis…, AZ