Caution: Fire on the AZT

A lightning-caused fire is impacting 3.5 miles of the Arizona Trail south of Murrays Lake Trailhead between AZT miles 754.4 and 750.8 when using the FarOut app. This is on the Kaibab National Forest north of Grand Canyon National Park along Passage 41 (Kaibab Plateau-Central). The trail is now closed, with a temporary reroute along the highway. Please exercise extreme […]

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Copperstate Farms announces partnership with Arizona Trail Association

White Mountain Independent (September 20, 2022) Copperstate Farms, a vertically integrated Arizona cannabis operator, today announced a community partnership with the Arizona Trail Association (ATA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the natural environment. As a Premier Legacy Partner, Copperstate Farms is donating $20,000 to […]

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Arizona Marijuana Company to Help Improve the State’s Hiking Trails

azmarijuana.com (September 18, 2022) by Dan Kingston Copperstate Farms, a vertically integrated Arizona cannabis operator, announced a community partnership with the Arizona Trail Association (ATA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the natural environment. As a Premier Legacy Partner, Copperstate Farms is donating $20,000 to support new […]

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The Arizona Trail Gear List

The Trek (September 14, 2022) by J. Taylor Bell Oh, those halcyon days of knowing exactly what was necessary on a thru-hike and what was absolutely frivolous and decadent. Simpler times they were, friends. But they seem to be well behind us these days. And if you don’t believe me, then strap in for this very toasty ride. Many things […]

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Copperstate Farms Supports the Arizona Trail through Premier Legacy Partnership

The ATA is proud to announce a partnership with Copperstate Farms, a vertically integrated Arizona cannabis operator. As a Premier Legacy Partner, Copperstate Farms is donating $20,000 to support new trail construction and maintenance. “Copperstate Farms is proud to be a locally owned company, and we love this state,” said Fife Symington IV, CEO and co-founder at Copperstate Farms. “Arizona […]

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14 Gorgeous Places to Visit in Arizona

The Discoverer Blog (Autumn 2022) Autumn is the best time of year in the Southwest. While dropping temperatures mean breaking out the sweaters and heaters everywhere else in the country, in this corner of the U.S. it means the weather is just right for some outdoor exploring. While most minds immediately jump to the Grand Canyon when thinking of Arizona, […]

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Arizona Trail Association Improves Highline Trail Sections

Payson Roundup (August 11, 2022) by Michele Nelson Arizona Trail Association volunteers recently have prepped 4,000 feet of steep sections of the Highline Trail for realignment as part of the restoration initiative. The removal of dense manzanita not only allows for upgrading and improving the Highline Trail but also Passage 26 of the Arizona Trail. “There were lots of small […]

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Conservation groups support amendments to Grand Canyon Protection Act

Williams-Grand Canyon News (August 3, 2022) The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee considered and offered amendments on the Grand Canyon Protection Act, a bill that will protect about 1 million acres of public lands near Grand Canyon National Park from uranium mining. The Act would make permanent a ban on mining that was enacted administratively in 2012. This is […]

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VIP Spotlight: Arizona Trail Association North Rim tree clearing project

Williams-Grand Canyon News (August 3, 2022) Over the weekend of July 16-17, Arizona Trail Association (ATA) volunteers and staff partnered with NPS Trails and Backcountry Information Center staff to remove fallen trees and clear the Arizona Trail corridor between the Widforss Trailhead and the North Rim Entrance Station. Each of the four saw teams were captained by an experienced and […]

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This Arizona Trail segment checks all the boxes for a perfect summer hike. How to try it

Arizona Republic (July 22, 2022) by Mare Czinar Shady and cool, Passage 31 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail is a satisfying respite from summer heat. The 17.9-mile segment of the 800+-mile, state-traversing route southeast of Flagstaff drops off the plateau lakes region of Anderson Mesa and heads into pine-oak woodlands in Coconino National Forest. Also known as the Walnut […]

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Across The Finish Line

The Trek (June 28, 2022) by Richard It was a disappointing start to the day. I’d chosen my hotel, in part, because of its free breakfast, but they wouldn’t be serving anything that morning. Oh well. Some days your Pop-Tarts have no frosting. Other days, you find an extra tortilla in the pack. The trail giveth, and the trail taketh […]

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Water Treatment Advisory Within Grand Canyon National Park

Due to loss of chlorination at Roaring Springs, visitors traveling within the Inner Canyon north of the Colorado River need to treat all potable water sources with a water filtration system. This includes: Bright Angel Campground Phantom Ranch Cottonwood Campground Manzanita Rest Area Roaring Springs Supai Tunnel North Kaibab Trailhead In addition, waterline issues between Roaring Springs and the North […]

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Coconino & Kaibab National Forests Lift Fire Restrictions

Due to significant precipitation received across the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests of northern Arizona, fire restrictions and certain area closures will be lifted starting at noon on Tuesday, June 28. Fire-related area closures will remain in effect around the perimeters of the Pipeline and Haywire fires but have been reduced in size. The decision to lift fire restrictions was made based […]

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Statewide Fire Restrictions Underway — Know Before You Go

Most National Forests and most other public lands throughout Arizona are current under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Please be aware of these restrictions and do your part to help care for our forests, mountains, deserts and canyons during this high-risk time of year. During Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, the following is prohibited: Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including […]

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Wind your way on the AZT: Arizona Trail between Marshall Lake and Fisher Point offers a quiet way to enjoy the return of warmer weather

Arizona Daily Sun (June 26, 2022) by Larry Hendricks I lean back against a log and listen to the ponderosas tell stories to the land. The stellar jays and crows share secrets in a language I want to understand. I count flower petals and pine needles that bounce on the breeze. The dog pants and laps cool water from my […]

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This easy lakeside walk erupts with sunflowers in late summer. Here’s where to see them

Arizona Republic (June 21, 2022) by Mare Czinar At the tail end of the twin reservoirs of Upper and Lower Lake Mary, an airy draw closes in on the murky meanders of Walnut Creek. Cutting through dry stubble and emergent grasses, the entrenched creek course snakes south through coniferous woodlands in Coconino National Forest. Earthen dams on the creek contain […]

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Into Arizona’s High Country

The Trek (June 21, 2022) by Richard According to the weather report, temperatures in the Phoenix metro area were 10 degrees above normal. Meanwhile, about 30 miles to the northeast, I was walking a dirt road through the Four Peaks Wilderness. The road’s elevation is about 4000 feet above that of Phoenix, so the temperature was actually pretty comfortable. The […]

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Wind your way on the AZT: Arizona Trail between Marshall Lake and Fisher Point offers a quiet way to enjoy the return of warmer weather

Arizona Daily Sun (May 22, 2022) by Larry Hendricks I lean back against a log and listen to the ponderosas tell stories to the land. The stellar jays and crows share secrets in a language I want to understand. I count flower petals and pine needles that bounce on the breeze. The dog pants and laps cool water from my […]

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Kearny To Four Peaks

The Trek (June 14, 2022) by Richard The town of Kearny has a reputation for being one of the friendliest “Gateway Communities” on the Arizona Trail. In my opinion, its reputation is well deserved. I didn’t have to wait for long beside Highway 177 before a local resident (thanks, Frank!) stopped to give me a ride. He dropped me off […]

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Pivot Cycles and The Cyclist’s Menu partner in Patagonia, Arizona

VeloNews (june 10, 2022) by Betsy Welch Pivot Cycles, the Arizona-based bike brand, has announced a multi-year partnership with The Cyclist’s Menu (TCM) in Patagonia, Arizona. The relationship between Pivot and TCM will focus on gravel and sustainable recreation development in the borderlands region of southern Arizona. The Cyclist’s Menu was founded in 2014 by Heidi and Zander Ault. For nearly […]

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Sky Island Dots, Desert Dashes

The Trek (June 7, 2022) by Richard Even at lower elevations, views from the Arizona Trail were impressive – there were no pesky trees to get in the way. There was also nowhere to hide from the sun, so I’d get up at least half an hour before sunrise, and take less than an hour to break camp. By the […]

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Call Your State Representatives Today to Support the Arizona Trail Fund

State budget negotiations are happening TODAY, and we need you to contact your state representatives and senators to advocate for the Arizona Trail Fund. Will you take just a few minutes to call the three individuals who represent you within the Arizona State Legislature? Find your state reps here: https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/ When you call, please let them know: 1) you’re a […]

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Should Lael Wilcox’s Arizona Trail FKT Come with an Asterisk?

When one of bikepacking’s best athletes set a fastest known time on a legendary route, ultradistance cycling’s corner of the internet exploded in controversy around the meaning of the term “self-supported” On April 21, 34-year-old bikepacker Lael Wilcox pedaled into the Stateline Campground on the border between Arizona and Utah. She had just finished the Arizona Trail, an 827-mile route, […]

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