Not everyone thinks of hiking when they think “vacation,” but hiking is a great way to get to know a new place. When you go out on a hike you have the opportunity to enjoy nature and get some exercise, and on a guided hike you learn something about the surrounding area. Bonus, hiking requires almost no special gear, just good athletic shoes. Hiking in Arizona is an incredible and unique experience, you get to see cactus up close and quickly realize just how wild the desert really is. It’s important when hiking in Arizona to always carry water, plan your route in advance, and tell someone where you are going. Preparation will keep you safe on any hike, but it’s particularly important when hiking in a new place.