Welcome to the Arizona Trail

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 800 diverse miles across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, history, communities and people. The Arizona Trail Association’s mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.

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Latest Trail News

New Mug for Members!

New Mug for Members!

We are excited to share the latest Arizona Trail Commemorative Mug! Handmade by Deneen Pottery, this fourth mug in the series features a scene of Grand Canyon National Park from the South Kaibab Trail portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, complete with a pair of California condors. These robust vessels are finished with a colored glaze inspired by the rock layers within the canyon. They'll make whatever you enjoy drinking even more enjoyable. Arizona Trail mugs are not for...
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The Arizona Trail Just Got Better

The Arizona Trail Just Got Better

We are delighted to share the news that the Alder Ridge Project is now complete. Thanks to the hard work of conservation corps members from American Conservation Experience, machine operator extraordinaire Rob Bauer, and Arizona Trail Association (ATA) staff and volunteers, there is now 6.7 miles of new trail on the Tonto National Forest. Please join us in celebrating this grand accomplishment! The Alder Ridge Project eliminates 8.2 miles of AZT that has been co-located along a powerline road east...
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Whose Land?

Whose Land?

The Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) at the University of Arizona invites you to join them in exploring the Arizona Trail during the month of April while also recognizing the ancestral lands upon which we hike, run, pedal and ride. To participate in this wellness challenge and cultural education initiative, post a photo from your AZT adventure on Instagram, tag @uarizonanalsa, and share whose ancestral land you’re on. NALSA hopes to log a total of 800 miles with student...
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Support the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project

Support the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project

Your support is needed to help us reach our fundraising goal this Spring to support construction of the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project. Please DONATE securely online today! Our goal is to raise enough money between March 22 - April 3 to sustain the next phase of trail construction. This project will remove the AZT from 17 miles of paved and dirt roads near the town of Patagonia with 32 miles of sustainable singletrack. This improvement will make the Arizona Trail...
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Another Snow Day on the Arizona Trail

Another Snow Day on the Arizona Trail

After the hottest, driest year on record, precipitation has finally returned to Arizona, blanketing much of the state with rain and snow over the past week. As hundreds of individuals make their journey north on the Arizona Trail, this surprise springtime weather will be a blessing -- replenishing natural water sources, sustaining wildlife, and giving every plant clinging to life a much-needed drink. Northbound thru-hikers and thru-riders should be prepared for all four seasons and dramatic changes in temperature, especially...
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Arizona Trail Through Santa Catalina Mountains Reopens After 10-Month Fire Closure

Arizona Trail Through Santa Catalina Mountains Reopens After 10-Month Fire Closure

Today, the Coronado National Forest rescinded the Fire Closure Order for the portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail that has been in place since the Bighorn Fire started in June, 2020. Thanks to Arizona Trail Association staff, stewards and volunteers, as well as the crews at Arizona Conservation Corps and staff from the Santa Catalina Ranger District, the AZT is now open through the Pusch Ridge Wilderness (Passage 11)...just in time for thru-hiking season!
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US House of Representatives Passes Grand Canyon Protection Act

US House of Representatives Passes Grand Canyon Protection Act

The Grand Canyon Protection Act passed the U.S House of Representatives today! This important conservation legislation would protect the Arizona Trail from dangerous uranium mining north and south of Grand Canyon National Park. Thank you, Congressman Raul Grijalva, and all Representatives who voted in favor of the Act (Gallego, Kirkpatrick, O'Halleran, Stanton). Now, it’s on to the Senate. Please encourage your Senators to protect public lands, water sources, indigenous rights, wildlife, and Arizona’s outdoor recreation economy by voting in support of...
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Border Wall & Southern Terminus Closure Update

Border Wall & Southern Terminus Closure Update

The southern mile of the Arizona Trail and the southern terminus remain closed and off limits to the public. The trail and terminus have been closed since border wall construction began in July of 2020. A total of 1,250 feet of cement-filled steel barriers have been installed near Border Monument #102. Although President Biden's Proclamation on January 20, 2021 terminated the national emergency on the southern border and ordered a 60-day pause in border construction projects, Coronado National Memorial has...
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27th Annual Members Meeting Now Online

27th Annual Members Meeting Now Online

If you missed the ATA’s Annual Members Meeting on Saturday, February 6, the Zoom Webinar is now on our Facebook page and also on our YouTube channel. If you are a member, donor, volunteer, business partner, agency staff, grantor, gateway community representative, trail angel, or general lover of the Arizona National Scenic Trail -- THANK YOU for your support.
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Four Peaks Opens After Seven-Month Closure

Four Peaks Opens After Seven-Month Closure

On Friday, February 5 the Tonto National Forest rescinded the Bush Fire Closure Order that has affected over 32 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail's Passages 20 (Four Peaks) and 21 (Pine Mountain) since the Bush Fire started in June of 2020. Thanks to the hard work of the Arizona Trail Association, Arizona Conservation Corps and Conservation Corps New Mexico, some of the hillsides impacted by the Bush Fire have been stabilized and deadfall has been removed. However, hikers...
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Important Information for Arizona Trail Thru-Hikers and Riders – Spring 2021

Important Information for Arizona Trail Thru-Hikers and Riders – Spring 2021

As we embrace a New Year and look forward to a healthier 2021, the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) invites you to experience the Arizona National Scenic Trail on foot, mountain bike or horseback along 800 scenic and diverse miles between Mexico and Utah. This letter is specifically intended for those attempting a thru-hike or thru-ride in the Spring of 2021, but the information applies to anyone recreating on the Arizona Trail (AZT) this year. The Arizona Trail is your trail,...
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

All of us at the Arizona Trail Association wish you a healthy and happy New Year filled with outdoor adventures, inspiring landscapes, and quality time with friends. Remember, the Arizona Trail is your trail. We invite you to explore and enjoy it, and also to Join, Volunteer and Donate to support our mission to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the trail as a unique encounter with the land. We are looking forward to great things in 2021 and hope you'll...
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Passage 43 Reopens After Five-Month Fire Closure

Passage 43 Reopens After Five-Month Fire Closure

The Bureau of Land Management's Arizona Strip Field Office recently rescinded the fire closure order that has kept the Buckskin Mountain Passage off-limits since the Pine Hollow Fire started in July 2020. The northernmost 10.6 miles of trail between Winter Road and Stateline Campground are open again, but all Arizona Trail adventurers should use caution within the burn zone. Falling trees, unstable soils, and the possibility of flash floods during rain storms present unnecessarily hazardous conditions. Please report any trail...
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How Has the AZT Helped You During the Pandemic?

How Has the AZT Helped You During the Pandemic?

Since March, more people have been heading into the great outdoors than ever before. We are proud that the Arizona Trail has received record visitation, and provides a safe outdoor space at a time when we need it most. If you’re among the many who have visited the AZT and Arizona’s public lands during the pandemic, we want to hear your story. Please take a moment to fill out this simple form online. If you prefer to upload photos, video...
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Learn Trail Maintenance Skills Through New Videos Online

Learn Trail Maintenance Skills Through New Videos Online

We are pleased to premier our new Trail Skills Institute Video Series on the ATA's Youtube channel. The videos were produced in partnership with Flagline Trails, American Conservation Experience (ACE) and Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) by Outdoor Evolution Media. They are being filmed in various locations across the state and include tips on trail maintenance in the wide variety of environments the Arizona Trail covers in its 800 mile journey from Mexico to Utah. Click here to see the first...
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Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding E-Bikes on the Arizona Trail

Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding E-Bikes on the Arizona Trail

After a year of research and gathering input from Arizona Trail users like you, the ATA is proud to release its final report on Perceptions of Conflict Surrounding Future E-Bike Use on the Arizona Trail. This research was motivated by changes in how federal agencies are managing electric-motorized bicycles (e-bikes) and Secretarial Order 3376, which may allow e-bikes on non-motorized trails on lands managed by the Department of the Interior. Before making official comments on behalf of the Arizona Trail...
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Show Your Love for the AZT with Silver Jewelry Handmade in Flagstaff

Show Your Love for the AZT with Silver Jewelry Handmade in Flagstaff

Display your love for the Arizona Trail with original jewelry handcrafted in Flagstaff. Backcountry guide and jewelry artist Ryanne Sebern has created a stunning line of silver earrings and necklaces with copper accents inspired by the AZT. She has also added stamped designs to appeal to hikers (boot print), equestrians (horseshoe), and mountain bikers (bike). Six different designs are available to choose from at the Arizona Trail Online Store. ATA members login to get a discount. Whether you’re on the trail or around town, these fine pieces...
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Ask Arizona’s Senators to Support the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

Ask Arizona’s Senators to Support the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

Please join the Arizona Trail Association in urging Senator Martha McSally to protect Grand Canyon by co-sponsoring the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act (S.3127). The bill, which already passed the House in a bi-partisan manner, was introduced in the U.S. Senate late last year by Senator Kyrsten Sinema. The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act would protect over 1 million acres surrounding Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining by making permanent an existing but temporary 20-year moratorium on mining...
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Reporting Trail Conditions

Reporting Trail Conditions

Did you know the Arizona Trail Association relies on you to understand current trail conditions? You’re the eyes, boots, wheels and hooves on the trail, and most of what we know about current trail conditions comes from trail users like you. That’s why we encourage you to communicate things like downed trees, blowouts from erosion, fallen signs, litter, bees, and whatever else you see while you’re out there. To make it easier to address the issue and communication effectively with the...
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Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law

Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law

On August 4, the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law. This is the most important piece of conservation legislation in half a century! The Act provides full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which protect lands and waters Americans treasure most, and improves access to the outdoors for urban communities. The Act also dedicates $9.5 billion over five years to address the maintenance backlog within National Parks and on trails nationwide. The Great American...
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