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 youíll 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.
Wildfire Forces Arizona Trail ClosureThe Mogollon Rim Ranger District has closed a portion of the Arizona Trail due to the General Fire. Approximately 5.3 miles of the AZT is currently closed (from FR 300 to FR 123) along Passage 28 (Blue Ridge) within the Tonto National Forest. For details and an alternate route around the fire, see our trail conditions page.
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 itís now
legally required to start a new round of reviews on the mineís impact on endangered
species, according to a May 22 article in the Arizona Daily Star. The wildlife service
wrote a final biological opinion last fall saying the mine wonít jeopardize any of nine
imperiled species known to live in and around the mine, or illegally damage critical
habitat. Now, the wildlife service says things have changed.
The Arizona Trail TrekFrom March 14- May 31st Sirena Dufault hiked across Arizona to raise awareness for the Arizona Trail- to date $17,800 has been raised for the Arizona Trail Association! See journals, pictures, news stories and updates here.
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