Fire Restrictions on Coconino & Kaibab National Forests

Due to key criteria being met for restrictions, the Coconino National Forest and Kaibab National Forest will enter Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions on Friday, May 14 at 8 a.m. in an effort to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires. Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are prohibited, except within a […]

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Biden’s Immigration Promises Bring Disappointment, Negotiations And Accusations

KJZZ (April 26, 2021) by Michel Marizco There’s arguably no more divisive infrastructure project in the U.S. right now than this border wall I’m standing in the shadow of. I’m here with Kate Scott of the Madrean Archipelago wildlife center in Arizona’s Cochise County. We’re in the Pajarito Mountains west of Nogales where most of the work stopped on the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Four Peaks Opens After Seven-Month Closure

On Friday, February 5 the Tonto National Forest rescinded the Bush Fire Closure Order that has affected over 32 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail’s Passages 20 (Four Peaks) and 21 (Pine Mountain) since the Bush Fire started in June of 2020. Thanks to the hard work of the Arizona Trail Association, Arizona Conservation Corps and Conservation Corps New […]

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Passage 43 Reopens After Five-Month Fire Closure

The Bureau of Land Management’s Arizona Strip Field Office recently rescinded the fire closure order that has kept the Buckskin Mountain Passage off-limits since the Pine Hollow Fire started in July 2020. The northernmost 10.6 miles of trail between Winter Road and Stateline Campground are open again, but all Arizona Trail adventurers should use caution within the burn zone. Falling […]

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New trails open along the Bighorn burn scar as Coronado National Forest crews work to reduce hazards

KOLD News 13 (December 10, 2020) The Coronado National Forest is taking steps to reduce hazards on designated National Forest System trails in the burn scar of the Bighorn Fire. Forest staff completed saw work to remove leaning and fallen trees and shrubs at Mint Springs, Marshall, Aspen, Palisades, Box Camp, Upper Green Mountain, and Butterfly trails to prepare the […]

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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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Pine section of Arizona Trail re-routed

Payson Roundup (October 6, 2020) by Michele Nelson The Arizona Trail Association knows no hiker enjoys walking along a forest service road, especially when power lines accompany the route. “Roads suck,” said Matthew Nelson, executive director of the ATA. But that’s exactly what hikers on the Arizona Trail’s Passage 25 found between the East Verde River and Pine. Adding insult […]

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Long-Term AZT Detour on Passage 42

On October 6, 2020, the District Ranger for the North Kaibab Ranger District approved the continued closure of a 2-mile segment of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in the interest of public safety. This area cuts through a narrow canyon section of the Arizona Trail that was badly burned in the Mangum Fire. This section of the Arizona Trail will […]

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Washout near manzanita creek impassable for equestrians

A recent washout of the North Kaibab segment of the Arizona Trail within Grand Canyon National Park has presented an insurmountable obstacle for equestrians. The hazard is located just south of the Manzanita Creek Footbridge (south of the Manzanita Rest Area) at AZT mile 706.6. This is approximately 5.7 miles south of the North Kaibab Trailhead, and 1.4 miles north […]

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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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Saguaro NP Reopens Trails and Campgrounds on Mica Mountain Closed Due to Fire in Rincons

Tucson, AZ – Saguaro National Park announces the reopening of Spud Rock and Manning Camp Campgrounds and all trails closed due to the Mica Bowl and Spud Rock Fires burning on Mica Mountain in the east district of the park.  The Mica Bowl Fire has been burning within natural features with minimal fire activity, no observable smoke, and no growth […]

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