Gila River Flowing Fast

For anyone planning on crossing the Gila River near the historic townsite of Cochran to access Passage 16 (Gila River Canyons) of the Arizona Trail, be aware that the flow of the Gila River at this location is controlled by water released from the San Carlos Dam upstream and, with seasonal runoff, is highly variable. When in doubt, don’t cross […]

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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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Use Caution

The AZT along the AZ/Mexico border continues to be impacted by people crossing illegally into the United States. Many new side trails are being created by dispersed foot traffic and AZT users should avoid mistakenly taking these trails intersecting the Arizona Trail (sometimes the AZT is less distinct than these foot paths). Trail users may meet immigrants along this passage, […]

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Eyes Out For Cairns

The trail traverses long stretches of gently sloping volcanic boulder fields. Cairns mark the way along the low-use trail, which can become rather obscure from grassy overgrowth in the spring. Cairns are the same color as the surrounding rocks, so users must train their eyes to recognize them more by shape than color.

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Trail Restored

Nature has restored much of the land along this passage from the devastation wrought by the 2012 Sunflower Fire. Thanks to a grant from Arizona State Parks and significant work by the ATA and American Conservation Experience youth corps, users will find freshly maintained and newly constructed trail north of McFarland Canyon, along West Fork Trail 260 and Cornucopia Trail […]

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