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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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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Register for AZT in a DAY Today

Register for AZT in a DAY Today

On Saturday, October 9, hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts from across Arizona will stage themselves along the Arizona National Scenic Trail, ready to complete the entire trail in a single day. Each person will have a few miles to complete and 24 hours to do it. Want to join in the fun and help us make history? Register for free here. “This is no small feat,” said Karrie Kressler, coordinator for the challenge. “We’re going to need hundreds of committed folks...
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Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Reopen on July 6

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests Reopen on July 6

The Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will reopen to the public beginning 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6. This includes most of Passages 27 - 42 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The decision to reopen the forest was made based on the amount of recent rainfall that occurred across all three districts of the forest. Recreation technicians ask for patience as they work to remove gates, locks and barriers throughout the coming days. Stage 2 fire restrictions will be...
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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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Backbone Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail Near Pine

Backbone Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail Near Pine

The Backbone Fire has forced a closure of the Arizona Trail west of the town of Pine. In the interest of public safety, AZT Passage 25 (Whiterock Mesa) and a portion of Passage 26 (Highline) is currently closed between East Verde River (mile 430) and Bray Creek (mile 462). Trail users are discouraged from visiting any portion of Passage 26 as the fire advances further west. Nearby communities of Pine and Strawberry have already evacuated. The Backbone Fire was first...
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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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Telegraph Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail Near Superior

Telegraph Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail Near Superior

The Telegraph Fire is the first major wildfire of the season to force a closure of the Arizona Trail. In the interest of public safety, the AZT's Passage 17 (Alamo Canyon) is currently closed, and trail users are discouraged from visiting Passage 18 (Reavis Canyon) in case the fire advances north of Highway 60. The Telegraph Fire was first reported on June 4 and has grown to over 173,202 acres (as of June 18). It was human-caused, but details have...
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Celebrate National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 5th

Celebrate National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 5th

Do you love trails? Does time spent on the Arizona Trail enrich your life? Then join us in celebrating National Trails Day® on Saturday, June 5 along with American Hiking Society and trail organizations nationwide! Here are just a few ways you can participate: Hit the Trail! Get out on the Arizona Trail, or any trail, on June 5th to hike, run, pedal or ride. Post photos on social media and share a personal story about why trails are important...
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Fire Restrictions Implemented Statewide

Fire Restrictions Implemented Statewide

Due to key criteria being met for restrictions, public lands throughout Arizona have implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in an effort to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires. Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following activities are prohibited: Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. Discharging a firearm, including target shooting, except while engaged in a...
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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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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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