Across The Finish Line

The Trek (June 28, 2022) by Richard It was a disappointing start to the day. I’d chosen my hotel, in part, because of its free breakfast, but they wouldn’t be serving anything that morning. Oh well. Some days your Pop-Tarts have no frosting. Other days, you find an extra tortilla in the pack. The trail giveth, and the trail taketh […]

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Water Treatment Advisory Within Grand Canyon National Park

Due to loss of chlorination at Roaring Springs, visitors traveling within the Inner Canyon north of the Colorado River need to treat all potable water sources with a water filtration system. This includes: Bright Angel Campground Phantom Ranch Cottonwood Campground Manzanita Rest Area Roaring Springs Supai Tunnel North Kaibab Trailhead In addition, waterline issues between Roaring Springs and the North […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Wind your way on the AZT: Arizona Trail between Marshall Lake and Fisher Point offers a quiet way to enjoy the return of warmer weather

Arizona Daily Sun (June 26, 2022) by Larry Hendricks I lean back against a log and listen to the ponderosas tell stories to the land. The stellar jays and crows share secrets in a language I want to understand. I count flower petals and pine needles that bounce on the breeze. The dog pants and laps cool water from my […]

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This easy lakeside walk erupts with sunflowers in late summer. Here’s where to see them

Arizona Republic (June 21, 2022) by Mare Czinar At the tail end of the twin reservoirs of Upper and Lower Lake Mary, an airy draw closes in on the murky meanders of Walnut Creek. Cutting through dry stubble and emergent grasses, the entrenched creek course snakes south through coniferous woodlands in Coconino National Forest. Earthen dams on the creek contain […]

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Into Arizona’s High Country

The Trek (June 21, 2022) by Richard According to the weather report, temperatures in the Phoenix metro area were 10 degrees above normal. Meanwhile, about 30 miles to the northeast, I was walking a dirt road through the Four Peaks Wilderness. The road’s elevation is about 4000 feet above that of Phoenix, so the temperature was actually pretty comfortable. The […]

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Wind your way on the AZT: Arizona Trail between Marshall Lake and Fisher Point offers a quiet way to enjoy the return of warmer weather

Arizona Daily Sun (May 22, 2022) by Larry Hendricks I lean back against a log and listen to the ponderosas tell stories to the land. The stellar jays and crows share secrets in a language I want to understand. I count flower petals and pine needles that bounce on the breeze. The dog pants and laps cool water from my […]

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Kearny To Four Peaks

The Trek (June 14, 2022) by Richard The town of Kearny has a reputation for being one of the friendliest “Gateway Communities” on the Arizona Trail. In my opinion, its reputation is well deserved. I didn’t have to wait for long beside Highway 177 before a local resident (thanks, Frank!) stopped to give me a ride. He dropped me off […]

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Pipeline Fire Forces Closure of 47 Miles of Arizona Trail Near Flagstaff

The Pipeline Fire started on June 12 near the Fort Valley Trail System and quickly consumed over 22,888 acres between Schultz Creek and Highway 89. Driven by dry conditions and winds in excess of 50 m.p.h., the fire necessitated an immediate evacuation of all campers and visitors on the Forest. On June 13, the Coconino National Forest issued an official […]

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Pivot Cycles and The Cyclist’s Menu partner in Patagonia, Arizona

VeloNews (june 10, 2022) by Betsy Welch Pivot Cycles, the Arizona-based bike brand, has announced a multi-year partnership with The Cyclist’s Menu (TCM) in Patagonia, Arizona. The relationship between Pivot and TCM will focus on gravel and sustainable recreation development in the borderlands region of southern Arizona. The Cyclist’s Menu was founded in 2014 by Heidi and Zander Ault. For nearly […]

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Sky Island Dots, Desert Dashes

The Trek (June 7, 2022) by Richard Even at lower elevations, views from the Arizona Trail were impressive – there were no pesky trees to get in the way. There was also nowhere to hide from the sun, so I’d get up at least half an hour before sunrise, and take less than an hour to break camp. By the […]

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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 […]

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Should Lael Wilcox’s Arizona Trail FKT Come with an Asterisk?

When one of bikepacking’s best athletes set a fastest known time on a legendary route, ultradistance cycling’s corner of the internet exploded in controversy around the meaning of the term “self-supported” On April 21, 34-year-old bikepacker Lael Wilcox pedaled into the Stateline Campground on the border between Arizona and Utah. She had just finished the Arizona Trail, an 827-mile route, […]

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22 Family Adventures For The Bold

Fatherly Magazine (May 24, 2022) by Jennifer Holmes & Tyghe Trimble Sometimes you just want to go to the beach. Swim, lounge, nap, enjoy a cocktail at 4:59 p.m. It’s a relaxing vacation but, let’s be honest, not very memorable. It’s not the kind of time you’ll look back on later in life and say, that trip sure was something, […]

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14 Gorgeous Places to Visit in Arizona

The Discoverer (May 2022) Autumn is the best time of year in the Southwest. While dropping temperatures mean breaking out the sweaters and heaters everywhere else in the country, in this corner of the U.S. it means the weather is just right for some outdoor exploring. While most minds immediately jump to the Grand Canyon when thinking of Arizona, there […]

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The 8 Best Long-Haul Backpacking Trails

Adventure Journal (May 17, 2022) by Brendan Leonard Memorial Day is just a couple weeks away, which kicks off long-distance hiking season for many. With that in mind, we present some of our favorite big hikes that are well-known. The lesser-known ones? We’ll keep those to ourselves. – Ed. You can probably name The Big Three long-distance trails in the […]

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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 […]

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A sign of the times: First sign erected on the Arizona trail to be preserved

Williams-Grand Canyon News (May 3, 2022) by Joe Giddens The historic wooden sign, which marks the first officially recognized section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, is getting a new permanent home. “It’s weathered badly and been renovated a couple of times,” said Arizona Trail Director Shawn Redfield. “But that’s a losing battle. It’s going to be taken down and […]

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New life breathed into historic trail

Payson Roundup (April 29, 2022) by Michele Nelson Cheers and applause greeted the cutting of the ribbon to launch Phase 1 of the Highline Restoration Project on April 23. Partners that helped raise $350,000 to fund the completion of Phase 1 of the Highline celebrated at the Pine Trailhead with awards, locally made empanadas from Strawberry’s Pie Bar and hugs […]

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Cycling Inequality: Where Are The E-Bike Adventure Trails?

Cleantechnica (April 26, 2022) by Jennifer Sensiba In Part 1, I introduced the problem of inequity in accessing non-motorized trails and wilderness areas. People with disabilities not only can’t effectively use mountain biking trails in many areas, but just can’t reasonably get into wilderness areas at all. Now, I want to finish that discussion, provide a real-world example, and then provide […]

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Lael Wilcox completes FKT of the Arizona Trail in nine days, eight hours, and 23 minutes

Velo News (April 22, 2022) by Betsy Welch On Thursday, ultra endurance cyclist and bikepacker Lael Wilcox got off her Specialized Epic Evo at the Arizona-Utah border after a very long ride. The 35-year-old celebrated a Fastest Known Time (FKT) of the Arizona Trail (AZT) with a ride of nine days, eight hours, and 23 minutes, besting the previous record by 2:20. Wilcox set […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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