Romantic Hikes in Arizona

If a huge romantic getaway is not in the cards for you this year, perhaps a romantic hike is better suited for Valentine’s Day. Arizona is home to some amazing places to hike and explore. If you and your date would rather see the sights, then you are in luck. These are the most romantic hikes in Arizona.

  1. Papago Park – Hole in the Rock
    625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Located near the Phoenix Zoo and in the middle of town, Papago Park has a very romantic trail to hike this time of the year. Hiking in this area will showcase colorful wildflowers and endless desert landscape. The best part is making your way to the famous Hole in the Rock. If you time it just right, you can get amazing sunset photos as the sun dissipates over the city below.

  1. Piestewa Peak
    5994 E Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85016

For one of the most grand views in all of Arizona, hiking Piestewa Peak will take you to new heights. It is the 2nd highest point in the Phoenix mountains. Keep in mind, this hike is not easy, but the views from atop are breathtaking and perfectly romantic.

  1. Camelback Mountain – Echo Canyon Trail
    6131 E Cholla Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85018

    Another trail not suited for beginners, Echo Canyon in Phoenix will make you work for your romantic hike. The scenery is beautiful with a 1,278 foot ascension and the perfect opportunity for pictures and romantic vibes.
  2. Dobbins Lookout
    10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

This is a trail where you can choose to hike or just drive straight up to the lookout point. There are lots to explore, including Scorpions Gulch. Just make sure when you go, it is not a Silent Sunday. You can easily spend 10 minutes or 2 hours at this location so be prepared for an adventure. 

  1. Pinnacle Peak Trail
    26802 N 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

For beginners or those not wanting to pant their way to the top, Pinnacle Peak Trail is friendly and romantic. Stroll beside wildflowers along a 3-mile trek that is home to many desert creatures, like quail, jack rabbits, cactus wrens, antelope ground squirrels, scampering lizards and maybe a road runner. 

  1. Tom’s Thumb TrailHead
    23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Hike along Tom’s Thumb Trailhead for unforgettable sights, gigantic rock formations and spectacular views.  The beginning of the trail is somewhat mellow and well manicured. You will get to enjoy desert flora and ancient saguaros. About a half mile in,  you will notice a steeper grade and your pulse will likely intensify. Once you reach Tom’s Thumb you can indulge in romantic, panoramic views of the mountains and valleys that surround you. 

  1. South Mountain Park
    10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Did you know that South Mountain is the biggest municipal park in the United States? That right there should tell you why this is a park to visit for your next hike. It is considered the Phoenix Point of Pride and it provides beautiful sceneries, historic sites, and large entertainment spots. This is truly an exciting and romantic spot in all of Phoenix. 

  1. Quartz Peak Trail
    Laveen Village, AZ 85339

A variety of Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife greet you along the trails of Quartz Peak. Located just outside of Phoenix, this trail has scenic rocky mountain landscapes with a birds-eye view of the surroundings. It also has one of the most brilliant sunsets in and near Phoenix, for a surefire way to spend a romantic hike with a loved one. 

  1. Wind Cave Trail
    Wind Cave Dr, Mesa, AZ 85207

Bring your dog and your date to this 3.2-mile, moderate trail. The views are breathtaking and there’s a cave to explore along the way. The natural beauty is astounding and near endless. This is one romantic trail you do not want to pass up. 

  1. Brown’s Ranch Trail
    Brown’s Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Right near Pinnacle Peak Trail, Brown’s Ranch Trail is another great romantic trail to add to your list. It is a smooth and easy to handle trail that is home to many wildlife creatures, wildflowers and cacti. 

  1. Granada Park
    6505 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

This park is perfect for a romantic stroll with a date or the whole family. It also is perfect for packing a picnic as you can enjoy the beautiful scenery near the lake or in the ample green spaces in the surroundings.