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 the Arizona Trail Association, is packed with trail descriptions, maps, photos and detailed information on backcountry safety, water sources, geology, botany and other topics.

“I wanted it to be as comprehensive as possible but still fit in a backpack,” said Nelson, executive director of the nonprofit association. “It’s meant to be something you can take with you on the trail to help you find your way almost step by step.

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