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.

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Autumn Newsletter Now Available

The Autumn 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.

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:
-- Arizona Trail Completion Award
-- Rob Trepa’s Personal Account of Running the AZT in 25 Days
-- Wanted: Trail Stewards
-- Gossamer Gear’s New AZT Rukus Pack
-- Scenic Resources Inventory
-- and much more!

Enjoy the Arizona Trail News and please share it with friends.

Arizona Trail Running Event Coming Soon

Sion and the Santa Catalinas Runners and volunteers are invited to participate in the third annual trail running event traversing the valley between the Santa Rita and the Rincon Mountains. The course offers spectacular, sweeping views and is mostly a gentle, winding descent through ocotillo, prickly pear cactus, creosote, and mesquite. The point-to-point half-marathon begins near Twin Tanks and heads north toward the finish line. The 10K starts near Sahuarita Road and Hwy 83 and runs concurrent along the final 6.2 miles of the half-marathon course. All races finish at the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead on the Arizona Trail near Vail. Transportation is provided to each start line on a chartered bus.

To learn more, visit the event website.

To volunteer for a few hours, please send an email to .

Gossamer Gear's Limited Edition AZT Rukus Pack

Gossamer Gear Rukus Pack Gossamer Gear has teamed up with the Arizona Trail Association to offer a 40-liter backpack that is designed with the AZT in mind. A limited number of these are being constructed, featuring the unique Gossamer Gear AZT logo, and will be only be available for sale at the ATA Online Store.

Features: 1800 Cubic Inch main pack body; 4 built in pockets for plenty of storage options; two side mesh bottle pockets accessible without taking off pack; inner zippered stash pocket; slant top mesh big back pocket for easy access; removable exterior foam back pad; air-mesh fabric on shoulder straps for less friction, more cushion and more comfort; Grosgrain drinking tube keeper loop are on shoulder straps.

The AZT Rukus weighs less than 12 ounces and comes in a subtle Gossamer grey color, bucking the trend of flashy packs. Order your pack today – just in time for the holidays. All proceeds benefit the ATA, thanks to our friends at Gossamer Gear.

Support a Great Cause and Turn $50 into $5,000

Golf Ball Drop image Thanks to Pioneer Title Agency, the Arizona Trail Association has been selected as a beneficiary of the Winter Swing Golf Tournament at Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale on Monday, December 7. In addition to the ATA receiving a donation as part of Pioneer Title Agency's participation in the tournament, we are able to offer our members, associates, supporters and friends an opportunity to participate in the Helicopter Ball Drop, with the winner taking home $5,000 cash.

Here's how it works: Purchase one golf ball for $50 or three for $100 online at For every ball you purchase, your name is randomly assigned to one of 2,000 numbered balls. On the day of the golf tournament the golf balls will be loaded into a helicopter and dropped from the air. The first ball in the hole wins $5,000 and every ball that is purchased benefits the nonprofit organizations that have been invited to participate.

This is a great way to help the Arizona Trail Association raise much-needed funds for trail maintenance and protection before the end of the year. The winner will be notified on the day of the event and does not need to be present to win. Feeling lucky?

Golf balls are on sale online now and will be available until 2,000 are sold or December 1, whichever comes first. To learn more, please visit

Thanks to Pioneer Title Agency for making this fund-raiser possible for the Arizona Trail Association, and best of luck to all of you who purchase a golf ball for a good cause.

Pioneer Title Agency


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