Passage 15 – Tortilla Mountains

The Arizona Trail Association, with Bureau of Land Management funding, just relocated 0.8 miles of the trail south of Florence.  The trail passed very close to a key water source which raised concerns from the grazing permittee, and BLM had committed to eventually moving the trail.  Environmental clearances were finished just days before the funding expired, so this week was […]

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Passage 17 – Alamo Canyon

Hikers reported trail damage at the wash crossing immediately south of Picketpost TH.  The creeks there flash flooded during summer storms, deepening the wash a couple feet or more, and creating a dangerous drop-off.  And not far away, the Forest Service needed help with a gate on the LOST relocation project in Arnett Canyon. With the drop in temperatures the crew […]

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Passage 40 – Kaibab Plateau South; Passage 41 – Kaibab Plateau Central

The North Kaibab Ranger District (NKRD)—the “north rim” in common terms—is a fabulous, distant pristine forest offering cool summer temperatures, billowing white clouds in incredible blue skies, and green forests, when much of Arizona is wilting in the summer heat. The ATA has traditionally held at least one summer event to take advantage of these conditions, attracting stalwart volunteers willing to drive the […]

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Passage 28 – Happy Jack

Volunteers installed four of the iconic AZT steel gates on the north end of the project.  Forest closures threatened the effort but the crew was able to get the work done within the time allowed, although extra water and several fire extinguishers were added to the equipment list.  Six more gates are planned for this season but will have to wait […]

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Passage 28 – Happy Jack

Work resumed today on the Happy Jack Single Track project with installation of a kiosk at Gooseberry Spring TH, and relocation of the steel AZT Sign from Pine Spring TH to a new TH at Bargaman Park.  An ATA Volunteer Vacation completed 1.7 miles of new trail last season, and things are starting to roll for this season. The HJST […]

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Earth Day Trail Work in the Santa Ritas

We coordinated two trail work events in Southern Arizona to commemorate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, and to finish some much needed trail rehabilitation at Enzenberg Canyon in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains (AZT Passage 5). Saturday, April 21, we coordinated with a high school group from the Coronado Youth Corps (CYC) to repair a gate latch […]

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Passage 17 – Alamo Canyon

The Arizona Trail Association has two proven strategies for significant trail improvement—the “cast-of-thousands” one-time work event and multiple, regularly scheduled smaller events.  Mazatzal Mountains Regional Steward John Matteson organized the latter this year, taking on several tasks along the trail within the region but adventuring beyond as the opportunity arose.  A core group of volunteers joined in this year and […]

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Training the Next Generation of Trail Stewards

Coronado Youth Corps (CYC) is a paid trail internship program based in Tucson to engage high school age youth to maintain and improve the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT). American Conservation Experience (ACE) partnered with ATA to provide a special Trail Skills Institute class for 13 CYC members to learn about sustainable trail design and gain experience evaluating, maintaining, and […]

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Trail Skills Institute Module 1&2 – March 2018

The skills training offered by the ATA in partnership with American Conservation Experience (ACE) has become hugely popular, and many classes are selling out well in advance. Such was the case with the Module 1&2 training scheduled for Superior on March 17th. Fifteen volunteers gathered near the Picketpost Trailhead to learn about trail context, how to study the effect of […]

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Passage 25 – White Rock Mesa

Brandon N. of Scout Troop 938 in Surprise, AZ completed his Eagle Scout project today.  He organized a work event to replace the four deteriorated trail signs at Oak Spring.  ATA provided the signs and equipment and Brandon marshaled the forces needed for the work. The group met at the trailhead on Hard Scrabble Road, carefully sorted tools and gear […]

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Passage 26 – Highline Trail

Colonel Devin Rehab Project-The Last Hurrah! Several years ago Arizona Trail Association embarked on an ambitious project to realign the trail off a utility road to a scenic walk through the woods. A great deal of preparation and back office work came to fruition in 2017 with a nice grant through Arizona State Parks and enthusiastic support from volunteers. The project […]

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Spring Steward Conference 2018

Our Spring Steward Conference was a great success. Eighteen stewards from all over Arizona gathered at Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail to celebrate stewardship and learn from local experts. The training included a half-day first aid session taught by Todd Nardi; Aaron Seifert presenting on the GIS maps available to Stewards; and an overview of the Temporal Gulch Reroute […]

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Passage 13 – Oracle

It’s fun to build new trail, especially when recent rains have softened the desert floor! Nineteen SaddleBrooke hikers braved 30-40 degree temperatures to develop a more user friendly re-route of the Oracle Passage of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Teams dug out shrubs and smoothed the trail tread for a better hiking, biking and equestrian experience. SaddleBrooke hikers cheered a […]

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Passage 13 – Oracle

January 17, 2018 Nineteen intrepid SaddleBrooke hikers braved a chilly morning to improve trails in Oracle State Park. A special effort was made to clear the trails of sticker bushes and obstacles for runners participating in the upcoming Oracle Rumble for the benefit the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Lots of excellent work was accomplished in 3 hours, with one group […]

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