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
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Prescribed Fire Planned for Tusayan Ranger District

Due to above normal precipitation and cooler temperatures over the last month, treatment of the Russell Prescribed Fire project southeast of Tusayan will continue. Crews plan to begin ignitions near the area of Russell Tank and the Arizona Trail beginning Friday and expect to complete a 429-acre unit by the end of the following day. The Arizona Trail will remain open during operations, but hikers are advised to use caution and observe signs and directions posted along the trail.

For more information call the Fire Information Hotline at 928-635-8311.

Prescribed Burn on the Kaibab Plateau - Postponed

The Kaibab National Forest had planned to begin a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday, May 24. Due to unfavorable wind conditions they have decided to postpone the prescribed burn north of Jacob Lake. They will reassess after memorial day weekend. We will post an update here when they have a new date set.

You can see a map of the fire area here. For more information call the Fire Information Hotline at 928-635-8311.

Sun Hat w/Bug Protection

Sun Hat We searched high and low to find the absolute best sun protection hat for the Arizona Trail, and this one includes "No Fly Zone" insect repellant technology! This lightweight and durable poly/nylon hat can be smashed and stuffed into your pack and still retain its shape and comfort. The adjustable, removable drawstring keeps it on your head during windy days or attaches to the outside of your pack. Inner hatband is a soft wicking terry material that is adjustable to fit your head just right. Color options are Stone or Olive, and available in S/M or L/XL.

For more details and to order one, go to the Arizona Trail Trading Post online.

Arizona Trail Closure Near Flagstaff

In support of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the Coconino National Forest has closed the beginning of Passage 34 between the Schultz Tank Trailhead and the AZT west of Schultz Pass Road. Portions of the Weatherford Trail and Secret Trail have also been closed. To see a map of the closure areas, please click here.

To avoid the closure area, simply follow the main route of the AZT along Schultz Creek. The trail is expected to remain closed for most of 2016, or until forest thinning activities have been completed. Please stay out of the area for your own safety and respect the closures. The end result will be a healthier forest less likely to be destroyed in a catastrophic wildfire.

Please help us spread the word about this trail closure and the importance of 4FRI. Please contact the Coconino National Forest with specific questions by calling (928) 527-8225 or .

Remote Trail Maintenance Task Force

Planning 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 Award

Completion Award The 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!


The Arizona Trail Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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