Equestrian Information Sources

This page contains links to various sources of information that should be useful to equestrians who will be traveling on the Arizona Trail.

Note:  Use common sense when using the Arizona Trail. Try to use more than one source of information about the trail. Some sections of the trail are in very remote areas of the state. Carry appropriate equipment and be prepared for unexpected situations. And most important - water in many areas along the trail is uncertain. Plan accordingly. We want you to have a safe and fun experience exploring the Arizona Trail!
  • Organized Rides
  • Information by Passage
  • Trail Stewards by Passage
  • Databook by Passage
  • Topo Maps with Trail Information
  • Passage Maps by Passage
  • Water Sources
  • Snow Conditions
  • Lightning Preparedness
  • GPS and Map Data
  • Resupply Points
  • Permits
  • Shuttles
  • Support Services
  • Journals and Reports
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    Satellite Tracking

    Now you can follow people who are out on the trail. Go to our tracking page for all the details.

    Some of the above valuable resources are only available to ATA members, so if you wish to become a member and receive access to this information, please join here.

     


    Organized Rides

    The Copper State Trail Riders lead organized rides on various parts of the Arizona Trail through-out the year. You can check out their current schedule here.


    Snow Conditions

    Some years there can be snow along the trail late into the spring. For current snow conditions on Mt. Lemmon, call this number:  520-576-1400.
    For information on the Mogollon Rim and Flagstaff areas you can go to the USDA's National Resources Conservation Service Snotel site.
    For information on the south and north rims of the Grand Canyon, you can call the park at 928-638-7888 or email them using their contact page.


    Lightning Preparedness

    Lightning can be an issue almost anywhere along the Arizona Trail. The article "Backcountry Lightning Risk Management" by John Gookin of the National Outdoor Leadership School gives a great overview of lightning and how to manage lightning safety in the backcountry.
    It is reproduced on our website with permission from the author. This article may not be reproduced on any other site without direct permission from the author.

    To view or download a copy, please click here.


    GPS And Map Data

    GPS waypoints and GPS map data for the passages are available on the Arizona Trail web site through the passage pages.
    Note:  Beginning and ending points for each passage are available to everyone, but you must be an ATA member to access the complete trail data set.


    Resupply Points

    Information on resupply options for the Arizona Trail can be found in our Resupply Options file.
    The current version of this file:  June 19, 2016

    Additional resupply information can be found on our Gateway Communities page.


    Permits

    Permits are not required on most of the Arizona Trail as long as you are passing through. Camping along the trail, however, does require a permit in certain areas.
    • Most forest service lands allow camping anywhere along the trail.
    • Bureau of Land Manangement also allows open camping.
    • Saguaro National Park and Grand Canyon National Park require a permit and camping is only allowed in specific places.
    • Colossal Cave Mountain Park has a fee and you must stay in the designated campground.
    • A 15 foot wide permanent right of way for the Arizona Trail has been obtained to cross approximately 91 miles of state trust land. That right of way allows users to traverse those AZT sections and to camp within the 15 feet without obtaining a permit. And, though not required, trail users may want to consider purchasing a permit when using the AZT. That permit allows one to lawfully camp and wander outside the 15 foot corridor. Permits can be obtained at the Arizona State Land Department.


    Support Services

    Individuals and companies that provide various trail support and services (generally for a fee). See the following for more information:
    • Camp and shuttle services by Dick & Diane Wertz
       
    • A bunkhouse, showers and horse services can be found inside the Mazatzal Wilderness at the LF Ranch
    These groups are listed as a courtesy only and no endorsement is given or implied by the ATA.


    Journals And Reports

    The Copper State Trail Riders do a series of rides throughout the year. In February of 2013 they had a fundraiser to support the ATA. You can find a report on that trip here. And you can read about their summer 2014 rides here.