Supporting the Arizona Trail Via Foot and Fun

The Desert Leaf “Day Tripping” by Bill Norman If this “Day Tripping” columnist could complete a hike of 817 miles in 24 hours or less, a miracle would have been wrought. Instead, I hiked five miles as part of a particularly momentous foot journey from the border with Mexico north to Utah. The 800-plus-miles trek follows the route of the […]

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Discovering a new, yet very old hiking trail

Ahwatukee Foothills News by Jason P. Skoda I am training for my fifth Grand Canyon hike and third trip to Havasupai Falls. In doing so I wanted to find a new hike instead of my usual trek around South Mountain starting out at the 48th St. entrance. It’s beautiful and challenging in some areas, but I wanted something new. And […]

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Arizonans share their ‘Second Acts’ in life

The Arizona Republic by Connie Cone Sexton Fifty-two miles into Sirena Dufault’s quest to walk the entire 820-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, the tongue of her right shoe pulled out. She could only laugh about it, hoping it might be the worst thing that happens during the 10 weeks or so she has mapped out for the trek. Dufault, 40, […]

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Walking 800 miles for the Arizona Trail

CopperArea.com by John Hernandez The Arizona Trail Association is currently involved in a fundraising campaign to support the future of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The funds will go toward trail maintenance and protection; repairing segments of trail damaged by wildfire and erosion; installation of steel gates that keep motorized vehicles off the trail; and map printing and distribution. The […]

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Must Have: “Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail”

Tail Winds Magazine by Elaine Mariolle “Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail” is a spectacular guide written by Matthew J. Nelson, executive director of Arizona Trail Association, and is a must-have for hikers, equestrians and cyclists who wish to explore the more than 800 miles of trail, that stretches from the United States-Mexico border to the Utah […]

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Arizona Trail Association Celebrates 20 years of building trail and partnerships

AmericanTrails.org by Matthew Nelson Arizona — the very word evokes images of breathtaking landscapes, exotic animals, star-filled skies, and dramatic sunsets. From rolling grasslands and lush Sonoran Desert to alpine peaks and one of the world’s deepest canyons, it is a land of biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. [To read the rest of this article, click here.]

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Trekking the Arizona Trail

Hike, bike or ride via horseback through the state’s varied terrain, from Southern Arizona to the Grand Canyon Arizona Guide by Tim Vanderpool It was 1985 when a plucky schoolteacher named Dale Shewalter trekked the length of Arizona, from Nogales to the Utah line. Shewalter’s goal was simple: to showcase his dream of connecting disparate trails into a single route […]

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The Arizona Trail Trek Celebrates the Arizona National Scenic Trail and Invites Hikers, Runners, Backpackers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians to Join in the Adventure

Arizona Trail Association Tucson, Arizona by Sirena Dufault It took 30 years for the dream of the Arizona Trail to become a reality, and in 2011 the cross-state trail was completed, linking deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people. [To read the rest of this press release, click here.]

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Arizona Trail is bare and bikable

Arizona Daily Sun by Randy Wilson Bare winters in Flagstaff can be endured — providing you are willing to change equipment. That was my motto last Saturday as I switched out skis for a mountain bike at 9,000 feet on the Arizona Trail. It’s a February ride I had never expected to take — and probably won’t ever take again. […]

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The Fence Post

Desert Harvest by Donna Derosia The February edition of The Fence Post (a community newsletter for the Robles Junction/Three Points community) features an article on the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the new guidebook. [To read the complete article online, click here]

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Jaguar tracks found in the Santa Ritas

Arizona Daily Star by Tony Davis It’s been known for a well over a year now that a jaguar has been photographed in the Santa Rita Mountains, near the proposed Rosemont Mine site. But only a little more than a week ago, volunteers for the Tucson conservation group Sky Island Alliance found and photographed the first jaguar tracks to have […]

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New Guidebook Spotlights Arizona Trail

Arizona Daily Star by Douglas Kreutz You can hike just a few miles on the Arizona National Scenic Trail — or trek its entire length of about 817 miles from Mexico to Utah. In either case, a comprehensive, richly illustrated new guidebook could enhance your experience. “Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail,” by Matthew J. Nelson and […]

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National Trails Guide Interview: Desert Jewels

National Trails Guide Having completed the Triple Crown and most recently the Arizona National Scenic Trail, Fred Gaudet has been given a unique moniker on behalf of his accomplishments: “Triple Crown with a Desert Jewel!” Fred persevered through plenty of physical and natural challenges until he reached his goals. We interviewed him on behalf of our National Trails Guide fans […]

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Flagstaff’s Original Tourism Adventure Retraced: Ultrarunners Follow Historic Stagecoach Route to Grand Canyon

Flagstaff Business News by Bonnie Stevens It may well have been Northern Arizona’s first ultimate wildland adventure for tourists and the start of organized tourism in Flagstaff. In 1892, the Flagstaff Board of Trade, in partnership with the railroad, promoted the Stagecoach Line from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. Public relations efforts included a free trip for travel writers, who […]

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Dismounted Trail Patrol: A Mediterranean miniature donkey makes friends on the Arizona Trail

Tail Winds Magazine by Emily Gindlesparger “Did I ever tell you what ‘ass’ stands for?” Leigh Anne Thrasher asks me in her lilting Texan dialect as we’re driving carefully on Catalina Highway. When she’s not pulling the trailer on back, with the precious cargo of Jasmine the donkey inside, she admits she drives like a maniac, her pink-polished nails gripping […]

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Searching 4 Flow on the Arizona Trail Race

Mountain Flyer Magazine by Eszter Horanyi People race for different reasons. Some like to suffer. Some like the camaraderie. Some like to geek out on gear. I race in search of flow, for that Zen-like state in which time ceases to have meaning and I am completely immersed in the present moment. Few races this year have created such a […]

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Taking on the Arizona Trail 300

Outside Magazine by Aaron Gulley In April, I rode 300 miles in a through-push on the Arizona Trail in an annual bikepacking race that bills itself as “No entry fee, no prizes, absolutely no support.” Friends and family asked me why I did it—why I do any of these endurance races. Everyone acts like there’s some quick, straightforward answer. For […]

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Desert getaway: the Arizona Trail

Sunset by Dina Mishev An epic backpacking trip is one way to see the Arizona Trail. But a chill hiking weekend in the throwback town of Superior will do just fine, where you’ll find frontier ruggedness mixed with a Mayberry-in-the-desert vibe. The Arizona Trail, the Southwest’s answer to the Appalachian Trail, stretches from the state’s Mexican border to Utah. While […]

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Trailblazers

The Marana News by Matthew Nelson From saguaro-filled deserts near Tucson to the breathtaking San Francisco Peaks looming above Flagstaff, the natural wonders of Arizona provide unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers alike. Hikers, backpackers, trail runners, mountain bikers and equestrians agree that when it comes to exciting trails through inspiring landscapes, there is no place like the […]

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Morning hikers honor January 8 shooting victims

Tucson Sentinel by B. Poole Hikers gathered in small groups across Southern Arizona on Saturday to hit the trails in tribute to the 24 people shot at a Tucson grocery store two years ago. “Anything that creates a greater sense of community, I want to support,” said Dan Moyer, 61, a retired Flowing Wells School District counselor who hiked the […]

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