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 […]

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Behind the FKT: Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy on Blitzing the 788-Mile Arizona Trail

Gear Junkie (April 12, 2021) by Mary Murphy With trails like these, something always goes wrong. Luckily, the Stringbean pushed through an ankle injury and miles of snow to complete the Arizona Trail in record time. Last week, accomplished thru-hiker Joe McConaughy (trail name “Stringbean”) finished his latest FKT attempt, running nearly 800 miles. He started south of Tucson, Ariz., up […]

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Speed Hiking for Science

Backpacker (April 13, 2021) by Mary Beth “Mouse” Skylis What does hiking 800 miles in less than two weeks do to your body? Ultrarunner and FKT holder Joe McConaughy hit the Arizona Trail to find out. Thru-hiking a long trail is one of the harshest tests of endurance out there. Doing it in record time, like Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy did […]

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Instagram Model Will Bike 800 Mile Arizona Trail and Post Every Day on Her OnlyFans to Save Her Partner from Cancer

PR Newswire (April 14, 2021) In mid-2020, Instagram model Ona Artist’s partner of 12 years was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer and given a 50% chance of survival. Then when his intensive chemotherapy regimen made him unable to work and the medical bills started piling up, she knew she had to do something. So, she joined OnlyFans. Now […]

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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, […]

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Invasive Tree Removal and Restoration Project for McMillan Mesa Natural Area

Signals (April 5, 2021) The 300-acre McMillan Mesa Natural Area is one of the last intact native grasslands within the city of Flagstaff and provides habitat for deer, prairie dogs, American kestrels, and other fauna. To preserve the native grassland, the city of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program will work with partners to remove invasive trees, starting on April 7, 2021. […]

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Después de Donald Trump, un muro fronterizo inconcluso y aún polémico

New York Times en Español (16 de marzo de 2021) Por Simon Romero y Zolan Kanno-Youngs La prisa para construirlo duró hasta el último día del mandato del expresidente. El esfuerzo dejó secciones raras e incompletas de una barrera cuyo destino está ahora en manos del presidente Biden. Durante mucho tiempo, los excursionistas que completaban el Sendero de Arizona, una ruta de 1287 kilómetros que […]

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New York man rescued after hitting heavy snow during Arizona Trail hike

KTAR News (March 16, 2021) by Kevin Stone A New York man hiking along the Arizona Trail was rescued after unexpectedly getting stranded in deep snow 12 days into his trek, authorities said. The 41-year-old started his excursion in Superior on March 2 and had been camping out along the way, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday in a […]

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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 […]

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Trump’s Incomplete Border Wall Is in Pieces That Could Linger for Decades

New York Times (March 16, 2021) by Simon Romero and Zolan Kanno-Youngs  A last-minute rush to build lasted through Donald J. Trump’s last day in office. The effort left odd, partially completed sections of a barrier whose fate President Biden must now determine. The sweeping view of undefiled wilderness on the border with Mexico long rewarded hikers who completed the Arizona Trail, […]

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How To Spend A Day In Quirky Patagonia, Arizona

Travel Awaits (March 12, 2021) by Cindy Barks Equal parts outdoor hotspot and artsy Western outpost, Patagonia, Arizona, packs an improbable number of fun attractions into its community of fewer than 900 people. Located about 18 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, charming Patagonia is among the communities known as Sky Islands (Sonoita, Elgin, and Patagonia) for their relatively high elevation and […]

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KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Silver Ridge at Rocking K, a New Home Community in Southern Arizona’s Newest Master-Plan

Valdosta Daily Times (March 12, 2021) KB Home today announced the grand opening of Silver Ridge, a new, gated community of single-family homes in Rocking K, one of Tucson’s most highly anticipated master plans. Silver Ridge at Rocking K, nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Rincon Mountains, is located within the community of Vail, southeast of downtown Tucson. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Arizona Trail Remains Closed at Southern Terminus

Backpacking Routes (February 23, 2021) by Hugh Owen Seven months after the southernmost mile of the Arizona Trail (AZT) was closed because of border wall construction, open trenches, unstable soil from blasting, and abandoned construction areas continue to make the trail unsafe for hikers. The AZT (also the Yaqui Ridge Trail) from the Joe’s Canyon Trail junction south to Border Monument 102 […]

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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 […]

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What’s It Like To Fall in Love on a Long Hike?

Outside Magazine (February 13, 2021) by Grayson Haver Currin The first night Magpie asked Constantine to make out, he demurred—at least initially. The two long-distance hikers had met ten days or so into a thru-hike of the remote Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT). For three weeks they burned through the miles and, that night, crammed into a double bed in a stranger’s house in Washington, they […]

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Encouraging Kids to Explore Outdoors Safely

Tucson Electric Power/UniSource Energy Services Newsletter (February 2021) As interest in outdoor activities escalated during the pandemic, the Arizona Trail Association stepped up its efforts to educate youth about our surroundings and encourage them to get outside in a safe manner. Through the Seeds of Stewardship program, the association is giving free, outdoor classes to students; providing online, printable guides for […]

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ARIZONA TRAIL: This epic trail, from Mexico to Utah, is right in your backyard

Vail Style Magazine (February 2021) by Kevin Boerup As darkness fell on the high, lonely desert at Cienega Creek one summer night in 1887, a Southern Pacific passenger train suddenly slammed on its brakes. Gunfire pierced the night and the Doc Smart Gang stepped out of the darkness. After robbing the train, a sheriff’s posse was soon formed, and the […]

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