Arizona Ranks as the Best State for Winter Hiking

Arizona is the best state to visit for winter hiking, according to a recent study conducted by Viator, a Tripadvisor company. 

To determine the best winter hiking state, travel experts created a points-based index system that analyzed the number of hike trails, the number of hike trails per 100,000 people, the minimum, maximum and average temperature, average precipitation levels and the average rating of hike trails in each state. 

The research revealed that Arizona ranks as the top winter hiking state with an overall score of 8.04 out of 10. The highest-rated trail in Arizona is the Devil’s Bridge Trail near Sedona. The moderately difficult hike scored a 4.7 out of 5. 


Arizona has over 3,200 hiking trails that have an average rating of 4.5 out of 5. The warmer winter climate realizes an average temperature of 64 degrees and an average precipitation of 2.83 inches, making for ideal hiking conditions. Arizona was followed by New Mexico (7.73/10), California (7.43/10) and Utah (7.35/10). 

When hiking in winter, choosing the trail that is right for you is important. Using resources and apps like AllTrails can provide key information about length, elevation and difficulty. Make sure to check the weather and trail conditions as well as dress appropriately before venturing out for a day of exploration. In winter, it is important to maximize daylight, which means it is best to set off early and choose sunnier trails. As always, bring water and snacks for the journey ahead. 

With these tips in mind, you can be sure to safely enjoy one of Arizona’s many hiking trails. For more information about popular trails in Arizona, visit

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