Tags: Arizona Trail

Arizona National Scenic Trail – 10th Anniversary

by Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Arizona Trail Association When Dale Shewalter, a school teacher from Flagstaff, AZ, stood on top of Coronado Peak near the U.S./Mexico border in the late 1970s and imagined a single trail connecting deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities, and people, the dream…

Celebrating 10 years as part of the National Trails System

In 2009, four new national scenic and historic trails joined the National Trails System, bringing the total number of Congressionally designated trails to 30. In 2019, nonprofit and Federal partners shared each trail’s history, accomplishments, and 10th anniversary events. To learn more about the trails, visit…

Arizona NST: 2018 Highlights

Arizona Trail Association (ATA) OUTREACH Translated Arizona Trail Junior Explorer Handbook into Spanish and distributed throughout the State. Installed eight new Gateway Community signs in four communities. Partnered with Latino Outdoors to engage more diverse volunteers. New, modern website. PROTECTION Signed MOU with county and…

Historic Monument: Obelisk marks Arizona Trail northern terminus

by Matthew J. Nelson, Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association (adapted from Arizona Trail News) The Arizona National Scenic Trail’s (AZT) most photographed features include the Grand Canyon, Picketpost Mountain, saguaro cacti, sunsets, and Border Monument 102 at the trail’s southern terminus. For thru-hikers, the…

Arizona NST 2017 Highlights

Arizona Trail Association (ATA) OUTREACH Gear Girls — Held program engaging young women in mountain biking, snowsports, and trail work through REI grant. Trail Skills Institute — Held five successful training courses to teach sustainable trail design, dry stone masonry and armoring techniques, corridor maintenance,…

Ice Age, Arizona trails get REI Force of Nature grants

Adapted from an August 23, 2017 news release from REI As part of its commitment to create access to the outdoors for all, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has invested $1 million in organizations across the country that are creating opportunities to connect women and girls…

Mazatzal restoration transforms Arizona NST

By Matthew J. Nelson, Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association  Adapted from the article, “Mazatzal Restoration Project,” in the Summer 2017 edition of Arizona Trail News.  Of all the trail projects the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) has undertaken over the past five years, none…

Arizona Trail News

Learn what’s happening on the Arizona National Scenic Trail in the Arizona Trail Association’s quarterly publication