Take a Hike! Energizing Study Breaks in Northern Arizona

With classes now in full swing, it's important to have a few study break options to keep energy high, stress at a minimum, and your brain and body in top shape.  What better way to revive yourself then to put on your walking shoes and head out for some fresh air in Northern Arizona?

Whether you are a teacher, instructor, professor, or student - we all can use some time to rest and revive. These top-notch walks will have you re-energized and ready for the next assignment.

Buffalo Park, Flagstaff - Photo Credit: Friends of Flagstaff's Future

Buffalo Park, Flagstaff - Photo Credit: Friends of Flagstaff's Future

NAU Students in Flagstaff

Buffalo Park, Flagstaff - This mostly flat, 2.3 mile loop has intersecting trails throughout. It also features activity stops along the main route for those looking for an extra workout. - MORE 

Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) Trails, Flagstaff - This city-wide network of non-motorized, shared-use pathways offer an incredibly diverse range of experiences; some trails are located along busy streets, while others traverse beautiful natural places - canyons, riparian areas, grasslands, meadows, and forests - all within the urban area of Flagstaff. - MORE
***Access the trail from locations on NAU campus and across town.

Lower Granite Creek Discovery trail, Prescott Photo Credit: City of Prescott

Lower Granite Creek Discovery trail, Prescott Photo Credit: City of Prescott

Yavapai College Students in Prescott

Prescott Downtown Courthouse Square, Prescott - The historic Courthouse Square is referred to as the "Heart and Soul" of downtown Prescott. With green lawns and shady trees lining the square, a quick walk around the perimeter (0.4 miles) is sure to clear your head. - MORE

Butte Creek Trail, Prescott - This trail begins at Stricklin Forest Park on Sherwood Drive and parallels Butte Creek running partially through a scenic canyon. The City portion is 1.3 miles, but the trail continues on and connects to a larger trail system. - MORE

Lime Kiln Trail, Dead Horse Ranch State Park Photo Credit: AZ Central

Lime Kiln Trail, Dead Horse Ranch State Park Photo Credit: AZ Central

Yavapai College Students in the Verde Valley

Jail Trail, Cottonwood - An easy hour of hiking along a well marked path through large Cottonwood trees and along the Verde River this is a perfect reprieve and a great venue for bird watching. This trail is designed for those with leashed pets. - MORE

Lime Kiln Trail, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood - A heart pumping hill climb up rocky terrain to a plateau with incredible vistas and desert landscape. You can turn around at the gate, or continue on where you can connect with other trails with in the State Park system. - MORE

Historic Downtown Square, Clarkdale - A perfect quick, level walk within a neighborhood. Stroll along a sidewalk bordering a large grassy field, and children's playground with the town's historic Gazebo. This is another perfect setting for dog walking. - MORE

McDonald Trail, Camp Verde - Best kept local secret. Right across the street from Verde Lakes subdivision, this trail travels up to a cave dwelling with great views of Camp Verde and the Verde Valley. - MORE