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 natural environment.

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Temporary Detour Around Abandoned Mine Cleanup Project

Temporary Detour Around Abandoned Mine Cleanup Project

The Coronado National Forest is in the process of cleaning up an abandoned mine between Temporal Canyon Trailhead and Walker Basin Trailhead north of Patagonia. From November 30 – December 20, 2022, a portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail is closed to protect public safety. We have established a safe and scenic detour utilizing recently built trail and Casa Blanca Canyon Road. Click here for a map. If you are traveling SOUTHBOUND: Instead of continuing west toward Tunnel Spring Trailhead through...
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Handmade AZT Mugs for Supporters

Handmade AZT Mugs for Supporters

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with a donation to the Arizona Trail Association. Through your ongoing generosity we are able to maintain the treasure that is the Arizona National Scenic Trail and protect it for future generations. Since 1994, the Arizona Trail Association has accomplished incredible things – all with support from members, donors, business partners and others who believe in our mission. People like you! At the ATA, we encourage a life filled with outdoor activities, making meaningful connections with people and landscapes, and embracing the ethics of...
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Raffle Tickets on Sale Now for 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid

Raffle Tickets on Sale Now for 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid

Thanks to our friends at the Jim Click Automotive Team, we’re excited to encourage you to purchase tickets for this year’s raffle for a new Ford Lariat Maverick Hybrid, airfare for two to anywhere in the world, and $5,000 cash. Tickets are available for $25 each or 5 for $100 and will only be on sale online until December 9. Over half our tickets have been sold, so don't wait! • Grand Prize: 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid • 2nd Prize: Two round-trip,...
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AZT VETS Program Featured in Tucson Weekly

AZT VETS Program Featured in Tucson Weekly

Caring for our military veterans is an awesome responsibility, particularly toward vets who may be dealing with the after-effects of combat or other stressful service, and while we might think of the Veterans Health Administration as the vehicle for that care, there are other ways to help. That is where the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) enters the picture. For nearly two years, the ATA, a nonprofit established in 1994 to manage the 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT), has administered a...
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Pin Drop Travel Trailers Partners with Arizona Trail Association to Support Stewardship of Trails and Public Lands

Pin Drop Travel Trailers Partners with Arizona Trail Association to Support Stewardship of Trails and Public Lands

The Arizona Trail Association recently announced a partnership with Pin Drop Travel Trailers that will support stewardship of trails, public lands, and the people who enjoy them. “We are so excited to be able to partner with a local business that’s created the ultimate travel trailer for adventures in Arizona’s wild outdoor spaces,” said Matt Nelson, Executive Director of the ATA. “Our Pin Drop trailer will support staff, volunteers, conservation corps and others as we work together to maintain the...
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Walnut Canyon Reroute Complete

Walnut Canyon Reroute Complete

The recently completed Walnut Canyon Reroute is officially open! This important initiative to take a few miles of the AZT off old forest roads south of Flagstaff, was a successful collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association, Coconino National Forest, Arizona Conservation Corps, Arizona State Parks & Trails, Flagline Trails, and awesome volunteers. If you haven’t experienced this new ribbon of trail between Fisher Point and Old Walnut Canyon Road Trailhead, get out there and enjoy it on foot, mountain bike...
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Copperstate Farms Supports the Arizona Trail through Premier Legacy Partnership

Copperstate Farms Supports the Arizona Trail through Premier Legacy Partnership

The ATA is proud to announce a partnership with Copperstate Farms, a vertically integrated Arizona cannabis operator. As a Premier Legacy Partner, Copperstate Farms is donating $20,000 to support new trail construction and maintenance. “Copperstate Farms is proud to be a locally owned company, and we love this state,” said Fife Symington IV, CEO and co-founder at Copperstate Farms. “Arizona is filled with natural beauty, and the Arizona Trail is one of the best ways to discover its wonders. As...
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Mangum Fire Detour is Now Fresh Trail

Mangum Fire Detour is Now Fresh Trail

During the summer of 2020, the Mangum Fire scorched 71,450 acres on the Kaibab National Forest and significantly impacted three miles of the Arizona Trail within Orderville Canyon along Passage 42 (Kaibab Plateau North). Since the trail was located within the canyon bottom and the fire burned at high intensity, this segment of AZT has been closed for two years in the interest of public safety. Trail users have been rerouted along forest roads through blackened forest nearby. But thanks...
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Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

Due to significant precipitation received across the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests of northern Arizona, fire restrictions and certain area closures will be lifted starting at noon on Tuesday, June 28. Fire-related area closures will remain in effect around the perimeters of the Pipeline and Haywire fires but have been reduced in size. The decision to lift fire restrictions was made based on the amount of precipitation both received and forecasted across both forests. While a ban on campfires and smoking has...
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Statewide Fire Restrictions Underway — Know Before You Go

Statewide Fire Restrictions Underway — Know Before You Go

Most National Forests and most other public lands throughout Arizona are current under 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. Smoking outside. Blasting,...
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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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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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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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