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Best Hikes for Kids in Phoenix: Scottsdale Edition

Best Hikes for Kids in Phoenix: Scottsdale Edition. We’re excited to launch a mini-series of posts covering kid-friendly hikes to enjoy – and a different area each week. This post has all the best hikes in Scottsdale PLUS Cave Creek, Carefree, and Fountain Hills. Hiking is a great way to soak up this beautiful winter weather, explore the desert, and get exercise as a family!

Best Hikes for Kids in Phoenix: Scottsdale Edition. We’re excited to launch a mini-series of posts covering kid-friendly hikes to enjoy – and a different area each week. (Upcoming in the series: East Valley hikes; check out past posts for the City of Phoenix, and West Valley hikes.) Bookmark this post for reference and share it with your Scottsdale friends!

This post has all the best hikes in Scottsdale PLUS Cave Creek, Carefree, and Fountain Hills. Hiking is a great way to soak up this beautiful winter weather, explore the desert, and get exercise as a family!

Remember, a trail might be 3 miles, but you can only go 1 mile if that fits your family better. Bring water, hats, and sunscreen – and have fun!

Reviews on most of these hikes can be found on our website. Alternatively, we have linked to other helpful posts.

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale Nature Trail – 0.9 miles, stroller friendly

Scottsdale Nature Trail – 0.5 miles, connects to Scottsdale Greenbelt and the canal

Scottsdale Greenbelt, starting at Mountain View Park – 2 miles, paved

Pinnacle Peak – 3.5 miles in and out, can go just 1/2 mile for amazing views

Marcus Landslide Trail – 3.8 miles in and out

Kovach Family Nature Trail – 0.5 miles, stroller friendly

Wagner Trail Loop , McDowell Mountain Regional Park ($7/entry)- 2.2 miles

Fountain Hills Botanical Garden – 0.7 miles in and out, free

Arizona Canal Trail, starting at Arcadia Park – 3.6 miles in and out, paved

Blue Wash Trail – 2.8 miles in and out

Fairy Duster Loop, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area – 1.3 miles ($3 entry fee)

Metate Trail, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area – 2 miles ($3 entry fee)

Jewel of the Creek – 2.5 miles

Desert Awareness Park – two easy nature trails, less than a mile

Bajada Nature Trail – 0.7 mile loop, stroller friendly

Fountain Park Overlook Trail – 1.8 miles

Best Hikes for Kids in Phoenix: Scottsdale Edition

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  • Jana Tingom

    Jana is a homeschooling mother of three children, and lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris. She enjoys traveling, reading and coffee. Follow @phoenixwithkids on Instagram for daily photos around Phoenix!

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