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!
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
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.
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
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
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
GPS And Map Data
GPS waypoints and GPS map data for the passages are available on the Arizona Trail
web site through the passage
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.
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
- 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.
Individuals and companies that provide various trail support and services
(generally for a fee). See the following for more information:
These groups are listed as a courtesy only and no endorsement is given
or implied by the ATA.
Camp and shuttle services by Dick & Diane Wertz
A bunkhouse, showers and horse services can be found inside the
Mazatzal Wilderness at the
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.