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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Be Part of AZT in a DAY on October 9th

Be Part of AZT in a DAY on October 9th

Register today to hike, run or ride a segment of the 800-mile Arizona Trail, and help make history as we attempt to complete the entire trail in one day. Together, we can do it! Choose your segment and register for free today by visiting our AZT in a DAY event page. If you have any questions, please email karrie@aztrail.org.
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New Arizona Trail Tech Shirts & Cycling Jerseys

New Arizona Trail Tech Shirts & Cycling Jerseys

We are excited to announce the release of our Summer 2021 long sleeve tech shirts and cycling jerseys, featuring an original design from Shannon Villegas inspired by the San Francisco Peaks Passage of the AZT. All proceeds from the sale of this product will directly benefit mountain bike projects on the AZT, including rollover gates, singletrack construction to replace roads, and youth mountain biking programs. We searched far and wide to find the best fitting, most comfortable, and technically advanced...
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Avoid Wet Trails

Avoid Wet Trails

Now that monsoons have returned (with a vengeance), it’s important to avoid wet trails. As tempting as it may be to head for the hills after a storm, the hard work that our trail stewards and volunteers do to maintain the Arizona Trail can be destroyed when people hike and ride on muddy trails. The damage that feet, tires and hooves do to the saturated trail lasts much longer than memories of a fun day out. It typically only takes...
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Online Training for Volunteers and Trail Lovers!

Online Training for Volunteers and Trail Lovers!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what happens at ATA volunteer events? Whether you're just curious and want to know more before you come or you're a regular volunteer who wants to know more about why we're digging in that particular spot, the videos created for our Video Trail Skills Institute are just what you need! If you watch all the videos and complete a simple quiz after each one, you can earn our Video Trail Skills Institute Certificate,...
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Arizona Trail Virtual Adventure

Arizona Trail Virtual Adventure

Registration for the AZT Virtual Adventure is now open. This do-it-yourself virtual event encourages you to set a mileage goal and track your progress along the 800-mile Arizona Trail. Pick a distance you feel comfortable with (50, 100, 200 or all 800 miles) and take as long as you need to get there. You can manually enter your mileage on our new online tracking system and see your progress as it relates to the AZT between Mexico (mile 0) and Utah...
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Slate Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail north of Flagstaff

Slate Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail north of Flagstaff

The Slate Fire has forced a closure of the Arizona Trail north of Flagstaff near Babbitt Ranch. In the interest of public safety, the northern half of AZT Passage 34 (San Francisco Peaks) is currently closed between Kelly Tank (mile 603.3) and Cedar Ranch (mile 616.2). Trail users are discouraged from visiting Passage 35 (Babbitt Ranch) as the fire advances further north. The Slate Fire was first reported on June 7 and has grown to over 11,148 acres (as of...
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Lead Coach Wanted for Gear Girls Program in Flagstaff

Lead Coach Wanted for Gear Girls Program in Flagstaff

If you love mountain biking and want to help make mountain biking a more equitable sport, consider joining our team as a Lead Coach! Gear Girls coaches serve as instructors and role models for the next generation of young women riders. Coaching with us is an opportunity to share your skillset, positively influence girls’ lives in your community, and combine your passion with your work. Gear Girls uses mountain biking, trail work, and snow sports to build confidence, outdoor competence,...
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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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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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