The Grand Enchanment Trail runs 700 miles across Arizona and New Mexico with breathtaking views and rugged hiking. The route links existing hiking trails, dirt roads, drainage courses, and occasionally runs cross-country, providing an adventurous, rewarding, and highly varied hiking (non-motorized travel) experience that nonetheless feels natural and fluid like a more traditional long-distance trail.

Many aspects of the Grand Enchantment Trail are unique to distance hiking.

Mountains in the Sonoran Desert
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The Grand Enchanment Trail begins and ends at the edge of large urban areas – Phoenix in the west and Albuquerque in the east. This allows hikers to access the route with unparalleled ease, yet without diminishing the wilderness experience in any way. National Forests touch the boundaries of both cities, and thru-hikers find themselves out of civilization’s grasp less than an hour from downtown.

The trail maps are divided into segments and are well described on thier web site. For detailed info on each segment, go to their web site at

Segment one and two encompasses 46 miles that starts at Forest Route 78 at Dutchman Trail #104. First Water Trailhead is accessible by 2WD passenger vehicle. A self-service pay station is here – required only if parking a vehicle. First Water Trailhead (no water available) also has restrooms, an information board, and a trailhead register. Click here for Segment One & Two description info.

The Superstition Wilderness of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest encompasses a unique, diverse, and dramatic landscape of canyons, mesas, and volcanic peaks, much of it occuring in the lower and upper Sonoran desert biomes with their equally unusual communities of plant and animal life. As such, this segment is truly a feast for the senses; a fitting place to begin or end an extended journey on the Grand Enchantment Trail.

Check out a trip report from Everytrail Member jeremyjoslin on Segment One & Two of the Grand Enchanment Trail.

Arizona Desert Trek 2008 at EveryTrail

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