In Memoriam: Marc Buckhout

Marc Buckhout, 12/8/77 to 8/2/14, our first son and my hiking partner for our adventure on the Arizona Trail. Marc had just graduated in 3 years from Northern Arizona University and I had discovered On the Arizona Trail by Tighe and Moran and off handedly made the comment, “we should do that someday”. My wife Karen, the organized one of our family […]

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All steamed up: Brothers to recreate first car trip from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon’s South Rim

Arizona Daily Sun by Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa When English fish wholesaler Nick Howell purchased a 1902 Toledo steam car from an Internal Revenue Service auction in Michigan in 2004, he knew he had something special. He just didn’t know how special or that the car would wrap him and his brother, Chris, into a wild adventure to the Grand Canyon. Turns […]

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Arizona National Scenic Trail Exhibit

The Canyon.com by Steele Wotkyns Starting this week, the Arizona Trail will now be celebrated worldwide. The Arizona National Scenic Trail is being showcased in a large-scale exhibit at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan at the entrance to Grand Canyon’s South Rim. The new Arizona National Scenic Trail Exhibit fills the National Geographic Visitor Center’s interior courtyard and […]

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Worth the trip: View the Arizona Trail

East Valley Tribune If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon recently, it’s a great time to plan a trip — not only because the weather is much cooler than it is in the Valley, but because you’ll also be able to view the Arizona National Scenic Trail — an 800-mile long recreational trail stretching from Mexico to Utah — […]

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Arizona Trail getting attention

azcentral.com Channel 12 featured a story on the Arizona Trail and the grand opening of the Arizona Trail Courtyard display within the National Geographic Visitor Center-Grand Canyon. Check out the story here, including an interview with Arizona Trail hiker, mountain biker, trail steward and Board Member Tom Coulson.

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Controversy Brews Over Helicopters in Wilderness

Arizona Daily Star by Doug Kreutz Helicopters are strictly prohibited in federally designated wilderness areas, but state wildlife officials are seeking an exception from the U.S. Forest Service that would allow them to fly and land helicopters in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness north of Tucson. Wildlife officials said helicopters are necessary for managing and monitoring — including capturing, when necessary […]

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Wilderness Etiquette for Trail Runners

Runner’s World by Ian Torrence We’ve been hearing it for several years: Trail running is gaining popularity. New races on singletrack in remote locations are filling faster, and back-country parks are gaining favor as a preferred training ground for trail aficionados and roadie converts alike. The burgeoning sport doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but maybe it should. The environmental […]

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Arizona Trail Leisure Tour

Salsa Cycles Last December, I contemplated racing the Arizona Trail Race, the full 750-mile version. I went so far as to doing a couple of runs, as the route ends with a bike-pack, as in carrying your bike, on your back, across the Grand Canyon, and I’m not much for walking anywhere.Then I decided that 2014 wasn’t going to be […]

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In Memoriam: Louis Krieger

Louis Krieger (9/28/78-6/22/14) began hiking the Arizona Trail with his father, William “Bill” Krieger (7/8/50-3/28/15) on May 24, 2010. They started at the Mexico border, and each year would hike a substantial segment of the trail together. Before Louis’ passing in 2014, they were able to complete over 350 miles of the Arizona trail together. Both Louis and Bill considered […]

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High country running: writer shares secret trail

Arizona Daily Sun by Bruce Belman Shhhhh! I have a secret running trail. It’s a trail for running that doesn’t go up and down steep hills, require dodging dog-walkers or necessitate constant vigilance from mountain bikers. The trail has a mostly smooth and soft surface, but with a few rocky spots to keep you conscious. It features easy access from […]

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Exploring Flagstaff’s Campbell Mesa

Arizona Daily Sun by Tom Bean Recently I took a ramble across Campbell Mesa with no particular destination in mind. You could say I was sauntering, not hiking. Mostly I stuck to the trails, but occasionally an impressive old growth ponderosa or delicate wildflower would require my closeup inspection. In the process, I noticed a scattering of prehistoric potsherds, a […]

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Tucson Woman Hiking Across Arizona

FoxPhoenix.com A Tucson woman is hiking along the Arizona Trail to bring awareness and raise funds. “I am doing it to raise awareness of the trail itself and to raise twenty thousand dollars for the Arizona Trail Association to help maintain promote and protect the trail,” said Sirena Dufault. [To watch the video report, click here.]

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Supporting the Arizona Trail Via Foot and Fun

The Desert Leaf “Day Tripping” by Bill Norman If this “Day Tripping” columnist could complete a hike of 817 miles in 24 hours or less, a miracle would have been wrought. Instead, I hiked five miles as part of a particularly momentous foot journey from the border with Mexico north to Utah. The 800-plus-miles trek follows the route of the […]

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Discovering a new, yet very old hiking trail

Ahwatukee Foothills News by Jason P. Skoda I am training for my fifth Grand Canyon hike and third trip to Havasupai Falls. In doing so I wanted to find a new hike instead of my usual trek around South Mountain starting out at the 48th St. entrance. It’s beautiful and challenging in some areas, but I wanted something new. And […]

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Arizonans share their ‘Second Acts’ in life

The Arizona Republic by Connie Cone Sexton Fifty-two miles into Sirena Dufault’s quest to walk the entire 820-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, the tongue of her right shoe pulled out. She could only laugh about it, hoping it might be the worst thing that happens during the 10 weeks or so she has mapped out for the trek. Dufault, 40, […]

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In Memoriam: Reuben Schneider

Reuben was born in Brooklyn, NY and settled in Phoenix permanently with his bride, Gloria, after being stationed at Luke Field during WWII. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Along with being a lifelong aviation enthusiast, Reuben was an avid hiker of Arizona trails. He deeply appreciated the beauty of the Arizona desert and was dedicated to preserving […]

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Walking 800 miles for the Arizona Trail

CopperArea.com by John Hernandez The Arizona Trail Association is currently involved in a fundraising campaign to support the future of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The funds will go toward trail maintenance and protection; repairing segments of trail damaged by wildfire and erosion; installation of steel gates that keep motorized vehicles off the trail; and map printing and distribution. The […]

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Must Have: “Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail”

Tail Winds Magazine by Elaine Mariolle “Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail” is a spectacular guide written by Matthew J. Nelson, executive director of Arizona Trail Association, and is a must-have for hikers, equestrians and cyclists who wish to explore the more than 800 miles of trail, that stretches from the United States-Mexico border to the Utah […]

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Arizona Trail Association Celebrates 20 years of building trail and partnerships

AmericanTrails.org by Matthew Nelson Arizona — the very word evokes images of breathtaking landscapes, exotic animals, star-filled skies, and dramatic sunsets. From rolling grasslands and lush Sonoran Desert to alpine peaks and one of the world’s deepest canyons, it is a land of biodiversity unlike anywhere else on Earth. [To read the rest of this article, click here.]

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Trekking the Arizona Trail

Hike, bike or ride via horseback through the state’s varied terrain, from Southern Arizona to the Grand Canyon Arizona Guide by Tim Vanderpool It was 1985 when a plucky schoolteacher named Dale Shewalter trekked the length of Arizona, from Nogales to the Utah line. Shewalter’s goal was simple: to showcase his dream of connecting disparate trails into a single route […]

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The Arizona Trail Trek Celebrates the Arizona National Scenic Trail and Invites Hikers, Runners, Backpackers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians to Join in the Adventure

Arizona Trail Association Tucson, Arizona by Sirena Dufault It took 30 years for the dream of the Arizona Trail to become a reality, and in 2011 the cross-state trail was completed, linking deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people. [To read the rest of this press release, click here.]

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Arizona Trail is bare and bikable

Arizona Daily Sun by Randy Wilson Bare winters in Flagstaff can be endured — providing you are willing to change equipment. That was my motto last Saturday as I switched out skis for a mountain bike at 9,000 feet on the Arizona Trail. It’s a February ride I had never expected to take — and probably won’t ever take again. […]

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