Arizona Trail Association
The Arizona Trail, the dream of Flagstaff teacher and hiking enthusiast Dale Shewalter, is a nearly 800 mile non-motorized trail that traverses the State from Mexico to Utah. The Arizona Trail is intended to be a primitive, long distance trail that highlights the state's topographic, biologic, historic and cultural diversity. Jody Sixkiller captured the Trail's beauty and wonder in her song ... The Arizona Trail. The trail's primary users are hikers, equestrians and mountain bicyclists (outside of wilderness or other specially managed areas). Opportunities will also exist for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, joggers and pack stock users. Government agencies, businesses and volunteers are working together to make the Arizona Trail a reality. As of late 2005 more than 720 miles has been signed and is open to the public. More than 600 miles of the Arizona Trail have been "officially" designated and signed. The Trail is made up of 43 Passages ranging from 11 to 35 miles in length. In most cases, the Arizona Trail utilizes existing trails that are also known by their original name and number. In a few areas primitive roads are temporarily being used in areas where linkages are needed. However, new trail construction will eventually be done in these areas, especially to maintain the vision of a non-motorized trail. When completed, the Arizona Trail will become one of the premier long-distance trails in the country. There is still a lot of work to do to finish the trail and there are many ways you can help. Check out the work projects and events calendar to see if there is upcoming activity that interests you. Contact one of the trail stewards to learn about a specific trail segment and what needs to be done.