Women in their 50s stay healthy hiking the Arizona trails

The Mountain Mamas call themselves ‘four menopausal women with grown kids,’ and they all have one thing in common. FOX 10’s Anita Roman reports. Go here to watch the video. The Arizona Trail (AZT) is a scenic but rugged path stretching border to border from Mexico to Utah. Extreme heat, freezing temperatures, strenuous elevation changes and poisonous critters are just a few of […]

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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% […]

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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 […]

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Schultz Pass Road Temporarily Closed to Motorized Vehicles

Schultz Pass Road is closed to motorized vehicles while crews work to move slash piles from the Schultz Creek trailhead to the staging area at Schultz Pass. This closure is expected to be in effect for a few more weeks. Coconino National Forest officials say while Schultz Pass Road will remain open to non-motorized use, several eleven-foot-wide articulating dump trucks […]

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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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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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