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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 natural environment.

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Arizona State Legislature Approves $ For Arizona Trail Fund

Arizona State Legislature Approves $ For Arizona Trail Fund

We are excited to share the news that a $250,000 appropriation for the Arizona Trail Fund was included in the State of Arizona's 2023 budget! Thanks to your support and advocacy, we did it!!! This funding will allow Arizona State Parks to hire conservation corps and state approved trail work professionals to accomplish priority maintenance and construction projects on the Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail Association will triple the impact of the state’s investment through federal funding, private donations, and...
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Forest Closures on Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Affect 73 Miles of the AZT

Forest Closures on Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Affect 73 Miles of the AZT

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will temporarily close certain areas to public access beginning June 17 due to fire danger and for public safety, while all other parts of the national forests outside of the closure areas remain open but in Stage 2 fire restrictions. This includes the Arizona Trail Passages 31 (Walnut Canyon), 32 (Elden Mountain), 33 (Flagstaff Urban Route), and 34 (San Francisco Peaks) between AZT mile 554.4 and 613.5 (using the FarOut app). All trail users are cautioned...
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Pipeline Fire Forces Closure of 47 Miles of Arizona Trail Near Flagstaff

Pipeline Fire Forces Closure of 47 Miles of Arizona Trail Near Flagstaff

The Pipeline Fire started on June 12 near the Fort Valley Trail System and quickly consumed over 22,888 acres between Schultz Creek and Highway 89. Driven by dry conditions and winds in excess of 50 m.p.h., the fire necessitated an immediate evacuation of all campers and visitors on the Forest. On June 13, the Coconino National Forest issued an official closure order, which includes 47 miles of the Arizona Trail. Please don't venture onto any road or trail between I-40,...
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Call Your State Representatives Today to Support the Arizona Trail Fund

Call Your State Representatives Today to Support the Arizona Trail Fund

State budget negotiations are happening TODAY, and we need you to contact your state representatives and senators to advocate for the Arizona Trail Fund. Will you take just a few minutes to call the three individuals who represent you within the Arizona State Legislature? Find your state reps here: https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/ When you call, please let them know: 1) you're a constituent, and mention the town or city where you live 2) tell them how important the Arizona Trail is to...
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Statewide Fire Restrictions Underway — Know Before You Go

Statewide Fire Restrictions Underway — Know Before You Go

Beginning Thursday, May 26, all National Forests and most other public lands throughout Arizona will implement Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Please be aware of these restrictions and do your part to help care for our forests, mountains, deserts and canyons during this high-risk time of year. During Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, the following is prohibited: Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, including within Developed Recreation Sites. This prohibition also includes smudge pots and wood stoves....
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Arizona Trail Reopened After San Rafael Fire in Canelo Hills

Arizona Trail Reopened After San Rafael Fire in Canelo Hills

The San Rafael Fire started on May 7 in the grasslands south of Patagonia, Arizona. The fire impacted over 11,620 acres. Firefighters have been able to stop the fire's spread along a portion of the Arizona Trail near Canelo Pass. In the interest of public safety, Passages 2 (Canelo Hills-East) and 3 (Canelo Hills-West) were closed between Parker Canyon Lake and Harshaw Road Trailhead, but reopened on Monday, May 16. To see the fire perimeter in relation to the AZT,...
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Website Changes Coming for ATA Members, Donors & Volunteers

Website Changes Coming for ATA Members, Donors & Volunteers

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of transitioning to a new online platform specifically designed to meet the needs of our donors, members, and volunteers who are the backbone of the ATA – people like you! Here are some upcoming changes: Single Sign-In - If you currently have both a member account and a volunteer account with the ATA, you’ll now be able to access that information in one place. More information about this one-stop-shop...
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Desert Sunset Socks Now Available

Desert Sunset Socks Now Available

Check out our new Arizona Trail socks with earth tones and mountain skylines, made for trail enthusiasts looking for a high-performance sock ideal for warm weather activities. These Aireator® socks from DeFeet are renowned for their cool feel, fast-drying capabilities, and supportive fit. Socks are comfortable, colorful, and are constructed from yarns made from recycled water bottles (60% Nylon, 39% Coolmax, 1% Lycra). Stellar design from the ATA’s own Graphic Designer Shannon Villegas! Socks are available in S, M, L...
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Fire Restrictions to Begin May 5 on Public Lands Throughout Arizona

Fire Restrictions to Begin May 5 on Public Lands Throughout Arizona

Beginning Thursday, May 5, Stage 1 fire and smoking restrictions will be in effect on the Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests, as well as lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Arizona State Land Department. Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, and wood stoves are prohibited, except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or a developed recreation site. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest...
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Camping and Campfire Restrictions Near Flagstaff

Camping and Campfire Restrictions Near Flagstaff

Due to extreme fire danger, the Coconino National Forest has issued a closure order for camping and campfires near Flagstaff. There is no overnight camping permitted along the following passages and mileages (using the FarOut app): Passage 31 (Walnut Canyon) from Sandys Canyon Trail (mile 554.8) to Walnut Canyon Road (mile 565.2) Passage 32 (Elden Mountain) from Railroad Tracks (mile 567.5) to Heart Trail (mile 576.0) Passage 33 (Flagstaff Urban Route) from Sandys Canyon (mile 0) to Fort Valley Trails...
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New AZT Bandana

New AZT Bandana

Just in time for Spring, we are proud to offer these new Arizona Trail bandanas! These are 100% cotton and feature the Arizona Trail’s path as it crosses the state. Perhaps the most functional item to bring with you on the Arizona Trail, a bandana can be used to shade your neck and face; pre-filter water; cool your skin; wrap around a wound; keep dust and hot air out of your airway; and add Arizona flare to your hiking, mountain biking, and...
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US Forest Service Announces New Policy for Managing E-bikes

US Forest Service Announces New Policy for Managing E-bikes

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced that internal guidance on how future e-bike use is managed on national forests and grasslands has been finalized. The updated guidance clarifies existing policy and provides guidelines to local Forest Service employees that may be considering expanding e-bike access at site-specific locations. The Forest Service currently allows e-bikes on all Forest Service roads that are already open to motorized vehicles, as well on 60,000 miles of motorized trails, which represent 38%...
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New Economic Impact Study Proves Benefits of Nature and Restoration Economy in Southern Arizona

New Economic Impact Study Proves Benefits of Nature and Restoration Economy in Southern Arizona

Nature and the resources and benefits it provides are key inputs to production processes that stimulate economic growth. They enhance quality-of-life and contribute to the health of regional economies through ‘nature-based’ industries that depend on them, supporting jobs, income, and economic development. At the same time, how these natural resources are managed can either build or degrade the natural resource base within a region, and positively or negatively affect the regional economy. With support from a broad coalition of stakeholders,...
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Contact Your Representatives to Support House Bill 2789

Contact Your Representatives to Support House Bill 2789

House Bill 2789 (Arizona Trail Fund) is being voted on by the State Legislature, and we are asking you to contact your representatives and ask them to support this bill in the House this week! It will be heard by the Senate shortly thereafter. This bill would expand use of the Arizona Trail State Fund beyond trail construction and maintenance to include water source development, gates, signs, and improved public access. For every dollar the State of Arizona commits to...
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Arizona State Legislature Approves Outdoor Recreation Resolution

Arizona State Legislature Approves Outdoor Recreation Resolution

On February 3, Arizona Senator TJ Shope’s outdoor recreation resolution passed on the Senate floor with unanimous, bipartisan support (28-0). The resolution was then transmitted to the House where it was unanimously approved. We are so proud of the Arizona State Legislature recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation for community wellness and our state's economy! Please take a moment to call or email your state representatives and thank them for their support!    The complete text of SCR1010 can be...
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Don’t Miss the Annual Meeting this Saturday!

Don’t Miss the Annual Meeting this Saturday!

Join us for the 28th Annual Meeting of the Arizona Trail Association at 10 am on Saturday, February 5th on Zoom and Facebook Live as we present accomplishments from 2021 and our big goals for 2022. You'll learn how your contributions helped protect and maintain the 800-mile Arizona Trail, in addition to reports on Trail Operations, Volunteer Program, Youth Outreach & Education, Veterans, and much more. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the meeting. Join the...
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Important Information For Thru-Hikers and Riders For Spring 2022

Important Information For Thru-Hikers and Riders For Spring 2022

If your thru-hike or thru-ride is scheduled for Spring of ‘22, you picked a prime time! With decent winter precipitation and mild temperatures, chances are this Spring could be an epic wildflower year with fresh flowing streams and pleasant weather. But no promises. The one thing you can be sure of is the adventure of a lifetime. The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) invites you to experience the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) on foot, mountain bike or horseback along 800...
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Check Out Our Five-Year Strategic Plan

Check Out Our Five-Year Strategic Plan

Every five years, the Arizona Trail Association develops a Strategic Plan to help guide staff and board strive as they fulfill the mission and vision of the organization. As annual work plans are developed and as issues arise, the Strategic Plan provides the framework for sound decision-making. Thanks to input from ATA members and the hard work of the Board of Directors over the past year, a new Strategic Plan has been developed. You are encouraged to read the Strategic...
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New AZT Neck Gaiter Features Plants of the Sonoran Desert…and a Gila Monster!

New AZT Neck Gaiter Features Plants of the Sonoran Desert…and a Gila Monster!

Whether you’re hiking, running, biking, riding, or rolling along the Arizona Trail, wrap yourself in one of these versatile and stylish neck gaiters, featuring the official critter of the Arizona National Scenic Trail: the Gila Monster. It’s the ultimate trail accessory — providing skin protection and a cloth face covering when you need it. Use it as a sun guard/wind guard for your neck and ears; mask or face covering; scrunchie/hairband; hat; wristband; scarf; and many others! The tubular design...
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Southernmost Mile of the AZT Reopens After 18-Month Closure Due to Border Wall Construction

Southernmost Mile of the AZT Reopens After 18-Month Closure Due to Border Wall Construction

The National Park Service announced on December 30 that the southernmost mile of the Arizona Trail will reopen again on December 31 after a nearly 18-month closure. “We look forward to reopening the first passage of the Arizona Trail (AZT) this week,” said Southeast Arizona Parks Superintendent Matthew Carroll. “During the spring hiking season, many begin their northward journey at Monument 102 on the US/Mexico border within Coronado National Memorial. "Visitor and contractor safety needs required us to close the Yaqui Ridge Trail during border wall construction and subsequent make-safe activity,” said Carroll. “Now that contractor activity will be...
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