Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, and to some the desert is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. One of the best ways to take it all in is by taking advantage of the many off-roading trails near Phoenix. It’s also a great way to take advantage of your truck’s off-road capabilities, so kill two birds with one stone and check out these 15 great AZ off-road trails.
East of the greater Phoenix area and just north of Apache Junction, Apache Trail is a fairly easy trail that takes you through Tonto National Forest, near the Salt River, and ends near Roosevelt Lake. Much of it is paved, so it’s a great beginner trail with some excellent views. Just make sure you’re paying attention as there are numerous blind turns and switchbacks.
Also on the northeast side of Phoenix, Bulldog Canyon is a shorter offroad trail that starts in north Mesa and ends near the Salt River with great views of the Superstition Mountains. Make a day of it and do some Salt River tubing after the off-roading to really enjoy the nature in the area. Bulldog Canyon does require a permit, but you can obtain one online and have it within two days.