The Arizona Trail
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people.

The Arizona Trail Association's mission is to build, maintain, promote, protect and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.

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Summer Newsletter Now Available

Click here for the most recent edition of the Arizona Trail News. Inside this 12-page publication youíll find exciting news and information on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, including:
- Arizona Trail Featured in National Geographic Visitor Center-Grand Canyon
- Best Trail Segments for Horseback Riding
- REI Grants Support the AZT
- Trail Improvements Coming to Pinal County
- Gateway Community Spotlight: Summerhaven
- Wanted: Arizona Trail Stewards
- Remembering Bob Bohannon
- and much more!

The full-color version is available online now, and the printed black and white version will be mailed to members and supporters within the next week. Enjoy the Arizona Trail News, and share it with friends today by forwarding the link or downloading and sending the pdf.

Deer Head Fire in Rincon Mountains

A lightning strike in the Rincon Mountains has caused the Deer Head Fire within Saguaro National Park. It was first detected on July 24 at approximately 11:11 a.m. It is estimated to be approximately 70 acres as of July 25. The fire is burning near an elevation of 7,500 feet in steep, rugged terrain. Vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine, oak and brush. The area has burned six times since the 1940s, and most recently during the 1994 Rincon Fire. Fire behavior is currently moderate, dampened by humidity and recent rain.

The Deer Head Fire is in the vicinity of the Heartbreak Ridge Trail, and Passage 9 (Rincon Mountains) of the Arizona Trail is currently closed from Manning Camp to Italian Spring. Backcountry visitors are encouraged to check with the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center for current conditions and updates on trail closures.

For updated information please visit or call the parkís Fire Information Hotline at (520) 733-5150.

Wildfire Forces Arizona Trail Closure

The Mogollon Rim Ranger District has closed a portion of the Arizona Trail due to the General Fire. Approximately 5.3 miles of the AZT is currently closed (from FR 300 to FR 123) along Passage 28 (Blue Ridge) within the Tonto National Forest. For details and an alternate route around the fire, see our trail conditions page.

Ocelot Near the Arizona Trail

In April and May, an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) has been photographed in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson near Passages 4 and 5 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Considered one of the rarest cats in the United States, ocelots have only been documented a few times in Arizona and Texas over the past 50 years. The spotted cat was photographed by a federally financed University of Arizona project whose remote cameras have also repeatedly taken pictures of an adult male jaguar in the same area. Anyone studying tracks along the Arizona Trail after summer monsoon rains are encouraged to know the difference between mountain lions, jaguars and ocelots, and to report findings to the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (602) 942-3000.

Because of this recent discovery near the proposed site of the Rosemont Copper Mine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service communicated with the Forest Service that itís now legally required to start a new round of reviews on the mineís impact on endangered species, according to a May 22 article in the Arizona Daily Star.

To sign a petition in support of protecting critical habitat for ocelots and jaguars, click here.

The Arizona Trail Trek

From March 14- May 31st Sirena Dufault hiked across Arizona to raise awareness for the Arizona Trail- to date $17,800 has been raised for the Arizona Trail Association! See journals, pictures, news stories and updates here.

The Arizona Trail Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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