Best Hikes for Kids in Phoenix: City of Phoenix 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: Scottsdale, and East Valley. West Valley hikes can be viewed here.) Bookmark for reference and tag your Phoenix friends!
This post has all the best hikes in Phoenix – as in having the location address of Phoenix, AZ. 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.
Best Hikes for Kids in Phoenix: City of Phoenix Edition
North Overbank Trail, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area – 3.5 miles, paved
South Overbank Trail, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audobon Center – 3 miles, paved
Judith Tunell Trail, South Mountain – 1 mile, paved
Fat Man’s Trail, South Mountain – 2.4 miles round trip
Circumference Trail and Basalt Trail, Deem Hills Recreation Area – 2.5 miles round trip
Tres Rios Wetlands – 3 miles in and out (free permit needed), stroller friendly
Apache Wash Loop Trail – 2.8 miles round trip
North Mountain National Trail, Phoenix Mountain Preserve – 1.7 miles round trip
Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail, Phoenix Mountain Preserve – 2.2 miles, round trip
Reach 11 Barrier Free Nature Trail – 1.8 miles round trip, partially paved
Dreamy Draw – currently closed in 2022, will update when completed!
LV Yates to “Two Bit” Peak Loop, Phoenix Mountain Preserve 40th street – 2.7 miles round trip
Hole in the Rock, Papago Park – 0.3 miles in and out
Butte Loop, Papago Park – 2.2 miles round trip
LoPiano Bosque Habitat – 1 mile, in and out, stroller friendly