Hike The Green Desert for fun, adventure, and exercise!
Hiking is a great way to exercise while exploring the surprisingly lush Sonoran Desert either by yourself or with your family. The I Hike For Health program is not just hiking, it is also a virtual scavenger hunt. This hiking challenge will reward you for hitting the trails and achieving distance goals. Stop by the Kris Eggle Visitor Center to pick up the rules and a hiking log.
1. In order to qualify for the award, you must hike a minimum of 5 miles (8 km).
Suggested Hiking Routes: (Roundtrip Distances)
Victoria Mine Trail: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
Hiking in the Desert
Do not hike beyond your own limitations. Drink at least one gallon of water per day in this arid environment. Eat plenty of snacks, and make sure to replace your electrolytes by eating salty foods. The sun can be very hot; wear a hat and use plenty of sunscreen.
Hiking is a great way to exercise and stay in shape. For every mile you walk, you will burn around 100 calories (1/2 candy bar). Count your steps at home and challenge yourself to keep hiking in the over 400 units of the National Park System not just for your enjoyment, but for your health too.
Earn your next Hike for Health pins at the following Arizona parks:
Last updated: November 2, 2017