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.
News and Updates from the Arizona Trail
Coco Fire near the AZTThe lightning-caused Coco Fire on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has grown to 300 acres in size while reducing hazardous fuel accumulations and restoring overall forest health. The fire started on July 22, 6 miles southeast of the town of Tusayan. Fire crews continue preparation work ahead of the main wildfire along 2 miles of the Arizona Trail between Forest Roads 303 and 2719. Ignitions are also occurring to the southwest of the fire near the intersection of forest roads 302 and 303 in order to ensure it remains within predetermined control lines.
The Arizona Trail remains open, however visitors should be aware that some smoke may be present in the area. As this lightning-caused fire continues to move in a natural setting in order to reduce hazardous fuels and enhance forest health, it is likely that smoke will become more visible from Highway 64, Grand Canyon National Park's East Rim Drive, and other populated areas. Warmer, drier weather in the forecast will lead to the potential for increased wildfire activity and growth in the coming days.
For more information, visit this
inciweb page or
call the Kaibab National Forest Fire Information line at 928-635-8311.
Summer Newsletter Now AvailableThe Summer edition of the Arizona Trail News is now available. It can be viewed online here and the printed version will arrive in member mailboxes within the next week. Thanks to support from our friends at Southwest Solutions, we are able to offer the printed version of the newsletter in color.
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:
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Paving Project on the AZT within Grand Canyon National ParkA 4-mile segment of the Arizona Trail's Passage 37 (Grand Canyon-South Rim) will be subject to a major paving project over the next two months. Also known as the Tusayan Greenway Path, which connects the town of Tusayan and Grand Canyon Village, this is a popular way for hikers, runners and mountain bikers to access Grand Canyon National Park. Paving will occur between the National Park boundary (0.5 mile north of the IMAX Theater parking lot in Tusayan) and Center Road. Although the path will not be officially closed, trail users can expect to encounter heavy equipment, asphalt and other construction activities. The Park will inform the ATA when the project is near completion.
Fuller Fire in Grand Canyon National ParkThe lightning-caused Fuller Fire is located on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, north of Fuller Canyon Road, about three miles west/southwest of Point Imperial. The Arizona Trail is closed from Lindberg Hill, north to the park boundary (passage #39). For more information about this fire, check out this inciweb page. Or call the Kaibab National Forest Fire Information line at 928-635-8311.
Temporary Trail Re-route Near FlagstaffThe first phase of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) has started on the north side of Flagstaff near the Schultz Creek Trail portion of the Arizona Trail. This means the trail has been re-routed in that area. You can see more information about this project in this news release and get a map of the re-route here.
Vote for an Arizona Trail Hero TodayCox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land that honors volunteers who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities. Shawn Redfield, the Arizona Trail Association's Trail Director, is among the top three finalists for the state of Arizona. Shawn works full-time as a volunteer, dedicating thousands of hours each year to ensure the Arizona National Scenic Trail is maintained and protected for all to enjoy.
Please watch the 1-minute video on Shawn and the other finalists and cast your vote today by visiting www.cox7.com/cox-conserves.
The hero with the most votes will earn $5,000 for the nonprofit of their choice. Please help
Shawn and the ATA further our mission through this outstanding opportunity. It would also be very
helpful if you can share this with everyone you know and encourage them to vote for Shawn
Arizona Trail a Finalist for Tucson Weekly's Best Backpacking Trail 2016The Arizona Trail has been picked as a finalist in the Tucson Weekly's Best of Tucson 2016! Show your support for the Arizona Trail by voting for us in the survey until July 31st.
Remote Trail Maintenance Task ForcePlanning a long-distance adventure on the Arizona Trail? Want to help with minor trail maintenance along the way? Then join the Remote Trail Maintenance Task Force! Responding to requests from numerous thru-hikers and riders who want to "give back" while they're out there on the most remote portions of the Arizona Trail, we've developed a simple way for folks to trim back the encroaching acacia, remove problematic tree limbs, and help keep the Arizona Trail corridor clear. After all, it grows back with a vengeance every year!
If you're interested in joining the Remote Trail Maintenance Task Force, visit
the remote maintenance page for all the details
and how to sign up.
Arizona Trail Completion AwardThe ATA is proud to announce the development of the Arizona Trail Completion Award for anyone who has traveled all 800 miles of the AZT. Just fill out the online survey and we'll mail you a copper belt buckle. For those who can't imagine wearing a belt buckle, we’ve got a copper pin that doubles as a pendant so you can clip it to your pack or wear it around your neck. We are confident these are the finest completion awards of any long distance trail in America.
Whether individuals finish the AZT one segment at a time over many years or all at once, the ATA is able to provide these unique awards for just the cost of shipping and handling thanks to our friends at Pioneer Title Agency.
In addition to the award, finishers who complete the survey help the ATA gather important data about preferred methods of navigation, gateway community impact, and much more. Finishers will be compiled into a database and available for viewing online. So we may finally be able to answer the age-old question of "How many people have done the whole trail?"
If you have finished the Arizona Trail, please fill out the survey today!
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