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.
Arizona Trail Turns ThirtyThis year, the Arizona Trail is celebrating its 30th year. So what do you get a 30-year-old who has everything? How about a tool trailer to haul supplies to work events, a few new trailhead signs, or hardhats and gloves for volunteers? Any donation you make between now and November 1 will go toward the purchase of these necessary items.
Tool Trailer - $2,500
Help us celebrate the 30th birthday of the Arizona Trail by clicking the
donate button above or mail us a check. Many thanks!
New Trailhead SignsThanks to support from REI and Arizona State Parks, we are delighted to announce the installation of two new signs at Mt. Peeley Trailhead and Picketpost Trailhead in the Tonto National Forest. These full-color interpretive signs feature a regional map of the Arizona Trail, overview map of the state, information about the trail and the ATA, and much more. They are an excellent way to represent the Arizona National Scenic Trail and are often how people first discover the AZT.
The Mt. Peeley and Picketpost Trailhead signs are the first in a series of new trailhead signs being designed and installed all along the AZT. Each sign is designed locally by Sarae's Studio in Tucson, with support from the ATA's GIS Director in Flagstaff, then fabricated by RockArt in Mesa.
Individuals and businesses are encouraged to sponsor a sign; contributions of $1,000 or
more get your name on the sign! Contact us for
more information, including proposed locations of future trailhead signs.
Arizona Trail Adirondack Chair RaffleBuy your raffle tickets today for an opportunity to win a hand-painted Adirondack chair that celebrates the beauty and biodiversity of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The chair was designed and painted by Jody Rypkema, a Pioneer Title Agency Coconino County Title Office employee. Jody has been a decorative painter for several years and has painted several Adirondack chairs, always donating them to non-profit organizations for fund raising events. The chairs have been some of the highest value auction items at many events in Flagstaff.
As part of the Pioneer Title Agency “Take A Hike” 30th anniversary celebration Jody adopted Passage 32 and did her part by hiking the passage earlier this year. She was asked to also assist in raising funds for the ATA by painting a chair that captures the essence of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Don’t miss this opportunity to win this one-of-a-kind chair that will look ideal on your deck or in your home. The drawing will be held after the Arizona Trail Day event in Flagstaff on September 12. You could be the lucky winner!
For more information, to see the chair and to buy tickets, go to our
Volunteer Work Training SessionsLearn the art and science of trail maintenance and construction through our NEW Volunteer Work Training Sessions, offered at four locations throughout Arizona in 2015. Are you interested in learning more about properly monitoring, maintaining and constructing trails? Are you a steward of the Arizona Trail or are you interested in helping out with trail projects? Do you like to get your hands dirty while learning valuable skills at the same time? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then make your reservations today for the upcoming trail trainings!
Dates for the ATA Volunteer Work Trainings include:
This collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) and American Conservation Experience (ACE) will teach valuable skills to volunteers, including those who have been involved in trail projects for many years. Drawing upon thousands of hours on the trail and in the classroom, including some of the most daunting trail projects you can imagine, ACE staff will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles.
Registration for the two-day trainings is only $125 per person and includes professional instruction, a Trail Assessment Handbook, four meals and lots of fun! Space is limited so please register today. Professional educators and trail builders from American Conservation Experience are donating their time and talent to help train you to become better stewards of the land; all funds generated from these courses will cover basic program costs and any remaining funds will go back to the trail. Scholarships are available for youth, veterans and others (contact for more information on scholarships).
Each two-day training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential
learning, designed to benefit seasoned trail dogs and first-timers alike. For more information,
please visit our Volunteer Trainings page.
The Arizona Trail Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Legacy Partners Program