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.
Summer Newsletter Now AvailableClick here for the most recent edition of the Arizona Trail News. Inside this 12-page publication you’ll find exciting news and information on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, including:
- Arizona Trail Featured in National Geographic Visitor Center-Grand Canyon
- Best Trail Segments for Horseback Riding
- REI Grants Support the AZT
- Trail Improvements Coming to Pinal County
- Gateway Community Spotlight: Summerhaven
- Wanted: Arizona Trail Stewards
- Remembering Bob Bohannon
- and much more!
The full-color version is available online now, and the printed black and white
version will be mailed to members and supporters within the next week. Enjoy the
Arizona Trail News, and share it with
friends today by forwarding the link or downloading and sending the pdf.
Browns Fire in Four Peaks WildernessA portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail has been closed in the Four Peaks Wilderness due to the Browns Fire, first detected on July 26. The lightning-caused fire is burning on the north side of Browns Peak, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.
A closure order has been enacted for the area affected by the fire and includes: Forest Road (FR) 648, Lone Pine Trailhead, Forest Trail (FT) 130 (Four Peaks Trail), FT 133 (Browns Trail) and FT 134 (Pigeon Trail). Portions of Passages 20 (Four Peaks) and 21 (Pine Mountain) of the AZT are affected by the closure.
The fire is being managed for resource benefits and is expected to grow to 100 acres by July 30. It is burning in chaparral brush and piñon-juniper forest. Fire crews continue to monitor the fire’s progress and will be managing the fire for multiple objectives, including using fire to achieve natural resource benefits and to reduce hazardous fuels.
Visitors and residents will see light-to-moderate smoke from the surrounding communities and as far away as Payson. The possibility of smoke settling in the Tonto Basin overnight exists.
For further information, please call the Tonto Basin Ranger District
at (928) 467-3200. Residents can also stay updated on prescribed fires
Deer Head Fire in Rincon MountainsA lightning strike in the Rincon Mountains has caused the Deer Head Fire within Saguaro National Park. It was first detected on July 24 and has grown to approximately 320 acres as of July 28. The fire is burning within near an elevation of 7,500 feet in steep, rugged terrain. Vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine, oak and brush. The area has burned six times since the 1940s, and most recently during the 1994 Rincon Fire. Fire behavior is currently moderate, dampened by humidity and recent rain. Saguaro National Park will be managing the fire for multiple objectives, including using fire to achieve natural resource benefits and to reduce hazardous fuels.
Trails throughout the higher elevations of the Rincon Mountains are currently closed, including Passage 9 (Rincon Mountains) of the Arizona Trail. Campground closures include Manning Camp, Grass Shack, Happy Valley, and Spud Rock. Backcountry visitors are encouraged to check with the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center for current conditions and updates on trail closures.
For updated information please visit
or call the park's Fire Information Hotline at (520) 733-5150. For
information about the natural role of fire, visit the park's website:
Ocelot Near the Arizona TrailIn April and May, an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) has been photographed in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson near Passages 4 and 5 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Considered one of the rarest cats in the United States, ocelots have only been documented a few times in Arizona and Texas over the past 50 years. The spotted cat was photographed by a federally financed University of Arizona project whose remote cameras have also repeatedly taken pictures of an adult male jaguar in the same area. Anyone studying tracks along the Arizona Trail after summer monsoon rains are encouraged to know the difference between mountain lions, jaguars and ocelots, and to report findings to the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (602) 942-3000.
Because of this recent discovery near the proposed site of the Rosemont Copper Mine, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service communicated with the Forest Service that it’s now legally required to start a new round of reviews on the mine’s impact on endangered species, according to a May 22 article in the Arizona Daily Star.
To sign a petition in support of protecting critical habitat for ocelots
and jaguars, click
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