Get outside, soak in the sunshine, and hit our trails by foot to experience the desert up close and personal. Mesa is surrounded by hiking trails for all ages with varying levels of difficulty and distances to choose from. Though Mesa boasts miles and miles of desert hiking trails, we’ve selected a few of our favorites for you.


All of the trails below are dog friendly. If you are looking for more dog friendly activities for your trip to Mesa, check out our blog here.


Kid Friendly - Merkle Trail

This 0.9 mile loop trail at Usery Mountain Regional Park is perfect for any visitor wanting to experience the Sonoran Desert and see all that it has to offer. Rated as easy, Merkle Trail is kid-friendly and although it is not paved, it can easily handle a stroller. If you want to kick it up a notch, the connecting Vista Trail allows you to climb up and over the small peak that Merkle Trail loops around.


Unique Sights - Hieroglyphics Trail

The Hieroglyphics Trail in the Superstition Mountains has some unique offerings for being in the Sonoran Desert. Technically you won’t find hieroglyphs (pictures that are drawn onto the face of a rock or other surface) on this trail, but instead you will see petroglyphs (pictures that are carved onto the surface of stones). You also will be able to see water hidden here in the desert. This trail is 2.9 miles out and back and rated as easy.


Off the Beaten Path - Pass Mountain Trail

Avoid the popular and crowded Wind Cave Trail, and check out Pass Mountain Trail instead (it starts at the Wind Cave Trailhead at Usery Mountain Regional Park). This 7.4-mile, moderate rated loop gives you views of the Salt River, Four Peaks, and the Goldfield Mountains. Best yet, you’ll have the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife on this hike.


Best View - Siphon Draw Trail

Nothing is quite as rewarding as a breathtaking view at the end of a hike. You’ll have to put in the work for it though since Siphon Draw Trail in the Superstition Mountains is rated as difficult. It is a five-mile hike to the top of Flatiron, where you will be able to take in uninterrupted views of the valley. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the top!


Snap your outdoor adventures and tag them with #VisitMesa. Happy trails to you!