More Trails Reopened on Mt. Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains)

The Coronado National Forest has updated the Bighorn Fire Closure Order to include the reopening of trails impacted by the Bighorn Fire. Most trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains remain closed, including the majority of the front range trails close to Tucson. Passage 10, 11, and 12 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail have been reopened. Passage 11b – Pusch […]

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Long-Term AZT Detour on Passage 42

On October 6, 2020, the District Ranger for the North Kaibab Ranger District approved the continued closure of a 2-mile segment of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in the interest of public safety. This area cuts through a narrow canyon section of the Arizona Trail that was badly burned in the Mangum Fire. This section of the Arizona Trail will […]

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Mangum Fire Area Partly Re-opened in Kaibab National Forest

Lake Powell Life News by Halley Simpson FREDONIA, Ariz., September 16, 2020 — A significant portion of the Mangum Fire closure has been reopened to the public.  The Kaibab National Forest has lifted some road closures as well as the nearly 80,000-acre area closure that spanned the northernmost part of the North Kaibab Ranger District. The Kaibab National Forest continues to […]

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Involvement with the Arizona Trail

by Eric Smith I first heard about the Arizona Trail in 1987.  In 1988, while attending a volunteer conference at Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, Dale Shewalter gave an enlightening presentation on the Arizona Trail.  Progress was already underway on the four national forests.  I was “hooked” from the moment I learned of the project. In mid-1990, I called Dale to […]

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Joel McCurry

Creation of the Arizona Trail  on the Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest The Kaibab National Forest played an important role in the initial development of the Arizona Trail.  Dennis Lund, the Kaibab National Forest’s Recreation Staff Officer, hired Dale Shewalter, the trail’s visionary and a local Flagstaff school teacher to start the coordination between the different agencies and entities […]

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A Charmed Life

Remembered by Phyllis Ralley, Photo by Larry Snead Dale Shewalter once told me a story about how he was backpacking in Ponderosa pine country and hiked past a spot, under a beautiful Ponderosa, that was a perfect place to place his tent. It was still a bit early so he decided to keep hiking to another spot. That night there […]

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