The Arizona Trail
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people.
The Arizona Trail Association's mission is to build, maintain, promote, protect and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.
Arizona Trail Association Receives State's Top Environmental Excellence AwardOn Saturday, September 12 the Arizona Trail Association was given top honors at Arizona Forward's 35th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony in Phoenix. The ATA was awarded The Crescordia, the highest award given by Arizona Forward, for "their unique approach to fostering long-term environmental sustainability throughout the state" in addition to our Seeds of Stewardship program, encouraging youth engagement, environmental education and stewardship; our Gateway Community program, increasing tourism, business development and eco-linkages within 33 communities; health and wellness challenges for the business community; and supporting Warrior Hikers to "walk off the war" along the AZT.
Arizona Forward initiated the Environmental Excellence Awards in 1980 to recognize
outstanding contributions to the physical environment of Arizona’s communities.
The awards serve as a benchmark for promoting sustainability, conserving natural
resources and preserving the unique desert environment for future generations.
Over 120 entries were received in 2015, and 17 Crescordia Awards were given.
To learn more, please visit
Summer Newsletter Now AvailableThe Summer 2015 edition of the Arizona Trail News is now available. The color version can be viewed online here and the black-and-white printed version will arrive in member mailboxes within the next week. If you have chosen to read the newsletter electronically but would like to start receiving it in print, just send an email to and ask to be added to the mailing list.
Inside these 12 pages you'll find lots of exciting news and information about
the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the Arizona Trail Association, including:
Enjoy the Arizona Trail News
and please share it with friends.
Volunteer Work Training SessionsLearn the art and science of trail maintenance and construction through our NEW Volunteer Work Training Sessions, offered at four locations throughout Arizona in 2015. Are you interested in learning more about properly monitoring, maintaining and constructing trails? Are you a steward of the Arizona Trail or are you interested in helping out with trail projects? Do you like to get your hands dirty while learning valuable skills at the same time? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then make your reservations today for the upcoming trail trainings!
Dates remaining for the ATA Volunteer Work Trainings:
This collaboration between the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) and American Conservation Experience (ACE) will teach valuable skills to volunteers, including those who have been involved in trail projects for many years. Drawing upon thousands of hours on the trail and in the classroom, including some of the most daunting trail projects you can imagine, ACE staff will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles.
Registration for the two-day trainings is only $125 per person and includes professional instruction, a Trail Assessment Handbook, four meals and lots of fun! Space is limited so please register today. Professional educators and trail builders from American Conservation Experience are donating their time and talent to help train you to become better stewards of the land; all funds generated from these courses will cover basic program costs and any remaining funds will go back to the trail. Scholarships are available for youth, veterans and others (contact for more information on scholarships).
Each two-day training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential
learning, designed to benefit seasoned trail dogs and first-timers alike. For more information,
please visit our Volunteer Trainings page.
The Arizona Trail Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Legacy Partners Program