On the trail: Sandy Canyon provides views of peaks, meadows and canyons

Navajo-Hopi Observer (July 9, 2019) by Stan Bindell

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Sandy Canyon is an easy hike minutes from Flagstaff that offers canyons, meadows, caves, flowers and butterflies.

The great part of Sandy Canyon is that the three mile hike is not long and it is part of the Arizona Trail. Hikers can do as little or as much as they like. The Arizona Trail is 790 miles and is open to hikers, equestrians and bikers, but no motorized vehicles.

The Arizona Trail sign tells those on it that they are responsible for their own safety and preparedness. It also warns those on the Arizona Trail that they may need route finding skills and may face unexpected situations such as weather, natural hazards venomous creatures and lack of water. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but must be leashed.

The sign does not mention anything about fire, but with multiple fires going on in the state right now, those headed for sections of the Arizona Trail may want to check for fire for the section they are planning on visiting.

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