New Owners, Same Commitment

24 Hours In The Old Pueblo Newspaper Copper. It’s a key element in every smartphone, hybrid car and solar power system in production, making it an essential piece of modern society. Quite simply, if we as a country want to progress beyond the era of consuming fossil fuels for energy, copper mining is a necessity. And one of the greatest […]

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Page council mulls AZ Trail gateway community moniker

azdailysun.com Todd Glasenapp The City of Page is being asked to promote the Arizona Trail as a gateway community, even though the 817-mile-long favorite of hikers does not pass through Page. The 30-year-old trail, the brainchild of a late Flagstaff teacher, brushes near the western boundary of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument west of Page. The trailhead is located about 75 […]

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Sirena Dufault to present photo tour of 800-mile hike along Arizona Trail

CopperArea.com A “virtual tour” of the 800-mile National Scenic Arizona Trail will be presented in the comfort of the Oracle State Park ranch house living room on Saturday, January 31, by Sirena Dufault, who has personally hiked the continuous Mexico-to-Utah distance. The slide-photo presentation begins at noon and is free with park admission. [To read the rest of this article, […]

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New Arizona USGS Maps Feature Bike Trails, Arizona Trail Segments

Arizona Highways Here’s some exciting news for Arizona’s hikers and mountain bikers: The newest topographic maps released by the U.S. Geological Survey include mountain-bike trails and segments of the 817-mile Arizona Trail. The maps, which are available to download for free, also now include data from the Public Land Survey System, a way of subdividing and describing land in the […]

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Echoes and Ripples

Tucson Weekly By Ross Zimmerman I can still hear my son’s voice if I reflect for a moment. “Daddio”or “Father” was a common greeting. We’re just short of four years since the shootings in which Gabe and five others were killed. I might have another 30 years or so of life. Will I still remember his voice near the end […]

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Tucson shooting: Keeping Gabe’s memory alive

azcentral.com By Shaun McKinnon Not a day passes that Ross Zimmerman doesn’t think about his son, Gabe, and feel the empty space left by an assassin’s bullet. “He was my sounding board for ideas,” Zimmerman said. “He was so good at human relations. They used to call him the ‘constituent whisperer’ in Congresswoman Giffords’ office. There’s no telling where he […]

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Arizona hike: Vineyard Trail, Roosevelt Lake

azcentral.com By Mare Czinar At the north end of Roosevelt Lake, an elegant suspension bridge straddles the gap between the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks Wilderness and serves as the gateway to Passage 20 of the Arizona Trail. This 19.5-mile stretch of rugged roads and narrow footpaths shimmies through of some of the state’s most spectacular country. [To read the […]

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Radiologic Technology Students Head to the Trails to Volunteer

Central Arizona College By Angela Askey On November 25, Central Arizona College Radiologic Technology students took to the trails. In partnership with Pinal County and the Arizona Trail Association, they volunteered their time performing trail maintenance and trailhead cleanup along a three mile stretch of the Arizona National Scenic Trail (ANST) from the Florence/Kelvin Highway Trailhead and south. [To read […]

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Happy Trails To You

Sedona Monthly Magazine The Arizona National Scenic Trail, an 800-mile hiking trail that stretches from Mexico to Utah, is the subject of a new exhibit at the National Geographic Visit Center outside the Grand Canyon near the town of Tusayan. The exhibit is in the interior courtyard and features a large map of Arizona depicting the entire trail along with […]

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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 […]

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The Story Behind the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead

Get Vail AZ by Kimberly Crossland If you’ve ever hiked the Arizona Trail by Marsh Station Road and Cienega Creek you’ve probably seen it – The Gabe Zimmerman trailhead. It’s an impressive landmark along the 800-mile Arizona Trail. The trailhead is complete with a life sized picture of a smiling, happy hiker. But how much do you really know about […]

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The Coaching Project

Outside Magazine by Aaron Gulley In April 2013, after many years of trying, I completed the Arizona Trail 300, a self-supported mountain bike race held on isolated singletrack in the Sonoran Desert. I rode hard and finished first of 52 starters in a record time of 51 hours, 59 minutes. But I missed my goal of finishing in under two […]

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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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