Women in their 50s stay healthy hiking the Arizona trails

The Mountain Mamas call themselves ‘four menopausal women with grown kids,’ and they all have one thing in common. FOX 10’s Anita Roman reports. Go here to watch the video. The Arizona Trail (AZT) is a scenic but rugged path stretching border to border from Mexico to Utah. Extreme heat, freezing temperatures, strenuous elevation changes and poisonous critters are just a few of […]

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Josephine Fire Forces Closure of Arizona Trail in Santa Rita Mountains

The Coronado National Forest and fire crews are battling the Josephine Fire, a wildfire in the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness in the Santa Rita Mountains. The fire was first reported early Tuesday morning east of Josephine Peak near the Arizona Trail north of Walker Basin Trailhead. As a precaution, the U.S. Forest Service was asking the public to avoid the Arizona […]

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A sign of the times: First sign erected on the Arizona trail to be preserved

Williams-Grand Canyon News (May 3, 2022) by Joe Giddens The historic wooden sign, which marks the first officially recognized section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, is getting a new permanent home. “It’s weathered badly and been renovated a couple of times,” said Arizona Trail Director Shawn Redfield. “But that’s a losing battle. It’s going to be taken down and […]

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New life breathed into historic trail

Payson Roundup (April 29, 2022) by Michele Nelson Cheers and applause greeted the cutting of the ribbon to launch Phase 1 of the Highline Restoration Project on April 23. Partners that helped raise $350,000 to fund the completion of Phase 1 of the Highline celebrated at the Pine Trailhead with awards, locally made empanadas from Strawberry’s Pie Bar and hugs […]

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Desert Sunset Socks Now Available

Check out our new Arizona Trail socks with earth tones and mountain skylines, made for trail enthusiasts looking for a high-performance sock ideal for warm weather activities. These Aireator® socks from DeFeet are renowned for their cool feel, fast-drying capabilities, and supportive fit. Socks are comfortable, colorful, and are constructed from yarns made from recycled water bottles (60% Nylon, 39% […]

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Fire Restrictions to Begin May 5 on Public Lands Throughout Arizona

Beginning Thursday, May 5, Stage 1 fire and smoking restrictions will be in effect on the Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests, as well as lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Arizona State Land Department. Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, and wood stoves are prohibited, except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is also […]

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Cycling Inequality: Where Are The E-Bike Adventure Trails?

Cleantechnica (April 26, 2022) by Jennifer Sensiba In Part 1, I introduced the problem of inequity in accessing non-motorized trails and wilderness areas. People with disabilities not only can’t effectively use mountain biking trails in many areas, but just can’t reasonably get into wilderness areas at all. Now, I want to finish that discussion, provide a real-world example, and then provide […]

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Lael Wilcox completes FKT of the Arizona Trail in nine days, eight hours, and 23 minutes

Velo News (April 22, 2022) by Betsy Welch On Thursday, ultra endurance cyclist and bikepacker Lael Wilcox got off her Specialized Epic Evo at the Arizona-Utah border after a very long ride. The 35-year-old celebrated a Fastest Known Time (FKT) of the Arizona Trail (AZT) with a ride of nine days, eight hours, and 23 minutes, besting the previous record by 2:20. Wilcox set […]

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Camping and Campfire Restrictions Near Flagstaff

Due to extreme fire danger, the Coconino National Forest has issued a closure order for camping and campfires near Flagstaff. There is no overnight camping permitted along the following passages and mileages (using the FarOut app): Passage 31 (Walnut Canyon) from Sandys Canyon Trail (mile 554.8) to Walnut Canyon Road (mile 565.2) Passage 32 (Elden Mountain) from Railroad Tracks (mile […]

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New AZT Bandana

Just in time for Spring, we are proud to offer these new Arizona Trail bandanas! These are 100% cotton and feature the Arizona Trail’s path as it crosses the state. Perhaps the most functional item to bring with you on the Arizona Trail, a bandana can be used to shade your neck and face; pre-filter water; cool your skin; wrap around a […]

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US Forest Service Announces New Policy for Managing E-bikes

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced that internal guidance on how future e-bike use is managed on national forests and grasslands has been finalized. The updated guidance clarifies existing policy and provides guidelines to local Forest Service employees that may be considering expanding e-bike access at site-specific locations. The Forest Service currently allows e-bikes on all Forest […]

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New Economic Impact Study Proves Benefits of Nature and Restoration Economy in Southern Arizona

Nature and the resources and benefits it provides are key inputs to production processes that stimulate economic growth. They enhance quality-of-life and contribute to the health of regional economies through ‘nature-based’ industries that depend on them, supporting jobs, income, and economic development. At the same time, how these natural resources are managed can either build or degrade the natural resource […]

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IN MEMORIAM: Marybeth M. Gardner

Marybeth M. Gardner 03/06/67 to 03/09/22. Marybeth was a devoted mother, wife and hiking partner. Hiking was a very large part of her life, and she loved to be out on the trails with her family. Arizona was always her favorite spot. Marybeth could be found wherever there was a trail or destination requiring a lot of challenging bushwacking! Marybeth […]

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An ‘epic’ endeavor: Shelburne man to hike 800 miles to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Greenfield Recorder (February 22, 2022) by Mary Byrne A local man plans to hike close to 800 miles next month with the goal of raising as much money as he can for a cause close to his heart. This week, Shelburne resident Jonathan “Jon” Riordan will begin his drive west to Sierra Vista, Arizona for the start of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, the […]

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This 800-mile Scenic Trail in Arizona Takes Hikers Through 6 National Parks and Forests

Travel & Leisure (February 4, 2022) by Stacey Leasca Looking to get your steps in? Arizona is hiding the perfect trail for you. Arizona is home to arguably one of the most beautiful National Scenic Trails in the United States. Stretching from the U.S.-Mexico border all the way to Utah, its 800-mile trail — aptly named The Arizona Trail — crosses through […]

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Arizona State Legislature Approves Outdoor Recreation Resolution

On February 3, Arizona Senator TJ Shope’s outdoor recreation resolution passed on the Senate floor with unanimous, bipartisan support (28-0). The resolution was then transmitted to the House where it was unanimously approved. We are so proud of the Arizona State Legislature recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation for community wellness and our state’s economy! Please take a moment to […]

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Important Information For Thru-Hikers and Riders For Spring 2022

If your thru-hike or thru-ride is scheduled for Spring of ‘22, you picked a prime time! With decent winter precipitation and mild temperatures, chances are this Spring could be an epic wildflower year with fresh flowing streams and pleasant weather. But no promises. The one thing you can be sure of is the adventure of a lifetime. The Arizona Trail […]

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