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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News and Updates from the Arizona Trail
Winter Newsletter Now AvailableThe Winter 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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Traversing the Arizona Trail – Twice!On December 20th, 2015 Kathy and Ras Vaughan of Whidbey Island, Washington became the first people to yo-yo the 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail. For 93 days, this adventurous couple traversed the state of Arizona twice, starting at the US/Mexico border on September 18th, hiking to the Utah border and then immediately turning around and heading back, covering a total of 1,668 miles. They endured everything from 100-degree temperatures to several snowstorms during an unseasonably wet year as they thru-hiked the Arizona Trail.
"We wanted to experience the trail as completely as possible, seeing it in both directions and taking on a challenge that no one else has ever experienced before," said Ras. The Vaughans had thru-hiked the Arizona Trail in spring of 2014, with Kathy establishing the fastest known time for a female (35 days). Not only is a yo-yo twice as long as a regular thru-hike, but extremes of weather are more likely. They completed the trail self-supported and hiked in and out of the gateway communities, adding 68 miles to their journey to resupply rather than accepting rides.
Learn more about the amazing feats of Ultrapedestrian (the collective trail name of Kathy and Ras) through their website: www.ultrapedestrian.com. They are on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at @ultrapedestrian.
In February 2016, Kathy and Ras will be returning to Arizona to speak about their adventure.
Click here to view the UltraPedestrian speaking tour schedule.
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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