Local Trail Dog swings his pick on the Arizona Trail

Sierra Vista Herald

by Dana Cole

Stretching from the border with Mexico northward to Utah, the Arizona Trail is considered one of the country’s premier long-distance trails. From start to finish, groups of committed volunteers have been working behind the scenes in building, designing and maintaining the trail as it makes its 817 mile border-to-border trek. Sierra Vista resident Bernie Stalmann is one of those volunteers. He has spent countless hours swinging a pick on the Arizona Trail, earning a well-deserved designation as “trail dog.”