The Arizona Trail
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 800 diverse miles across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people.
The Arizona Trail Association's mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.
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News and Updates from the Arizona Trail
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Spring Newsletter Now Available

The Spring 2017 edition of the Arizona Trail News is now available. You can read it online here and the printed version will arrive in members' mailboxes within the next two weeks.

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:
  -  Cubby Treks the Arizona Trail
  -  Introducing the Official Energy Bar of the AZT
  -  Volunteer Spotlight: John Matteson
  -  Tips for Trail Stewards
  -  Arizona Trail History: Temporal Gulch
  -  and much more!

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

Spring Volunteer Vacation on Mogollon Rim

View from Mogollon Rim The ATA Volunteer Vacations are returning to the spectacular Mogollon Rim Country - this time for a project out of Washington Park. Here, the Arizona Trail leaves the historic Highline Trail alignment and begins its steep climb up to the rim on the Colonel Devin Trail. Here, the pines reach to the sky and the vistas stretch out forever as the Mogollon escarpment marks the edge of the Colorado Plateau. For those who are familiar with this territory, it can be as challenging as it is beautiful. Register now for this week long volunteer experience, complete with tools, training, meals and even a day-off to explore the beauty of the rim country.

Click here for more information.

Trail Closure in the Grand Canyon

On Monday, March 27, Grand Canyon National Park will begin daily closures of the North Kaibab Trail at Redwall Bridge to remove debris from a storm-caused rockslide. To ensure visitor and crew safety during the stabilization process, the National Park Service will close the North Kaibab Trail at the Redwall Bridge to all trail users from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily while crews are working. The Redwall Bridge is located about 2.5 miles above Manzanita Rest Area, four miles above Cottonwood Campground, and one mile below the Supai Tunnel on the North Kaibab Trail. The closure order is in effect until crews determine the area is safe to access. The estimated time of trail closure is three weeks, but that could change depending on weather and resources.

For more information, please see this Park Service news release.

The Official Energy Bar of the Arizona Trail

We are excited to announce the creation of the AZT Wild Mesquite Bar - the Official Energy Bar of the Arizona Trail. Made by Huppy Bar in Flagstaff, the AZT Wild Mesquite Bar is made with local ingredients, including Arizona-grown nuts, honey, chile powder and mesquite meal from the San Xavier Co-op Farm on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Mesquite is naturally sweet and has sustained desert dwellers for thousands of years. Huppy Bars are grain free, gluten free, nutritious and absolutely delicious!

A portion of proceeds benefits the maintenance and protection of the Arizona National Scenic Trail! AZT Wild Mesquite Bars are on sale now at the Huppy Bar website. Help support the Arizona Trail and this outstanding local business by taking Huppy Bars on your next outdoor adventure. And please ask your favorite outdoor gear stores and natural food locations to carry the AZT Wild Mesquite Bar.

AZT Commemorative Mugs

Commemorative Mug Working with the nation's best pottery artists at Deneen Pottery in Minnesota, we are delighted to announce the first in a series of six commemorative mugs celebrating the natural beauty of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. The first mug in the series features a scene from within the Gila River Canyons (Passage 16), which is where the final piece of trail was constructed to officially complete the AZT in December of 2011. The dominant rock spire is an unnamed volcanic plug we have been a affectionately referring to as Dale's Butte - in honor or Dale Shewalter, the father of the Arizona Trail. Saguaro forests cover the hills and Mexican gold poppies can be seen blooming near the trail. Since desert bighorn sheep frequent this part of the AZT, a ram is included within the design. We chose a natural brown glaze for this particular mug, which will hold about 12 ounces of coffee, tea, cocoa, whiskey, water or whatever else you fancy. AZT Mugs are available as a "thank you gift" for anyone joining the ATA or renewing their membership at the Ironwood, Saguaro, Juniper or Ponderosa Pine levels...while supplies last.

Donations to the organization greater than $100 will also get you a mug as a "thank you" gift. Please help us reach our fundraising goals in 2017 by joining the ATA by clicking here or donating here.

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