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Arizona is well known for its numerous outdoor adventures with picturesque views from pine-topped mountains to desert expanses. There is one route that truly covers the state from top to bottom – the Arizona Trail. This 800-mile-long path stretches from the Huachuca Mountains on the border of the US and Mexico up to Buckskin Mountain in Utah. The Trail is open for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing through a range of different ecosystems and natural wonders.
The Arizona Trail was created and developed by Flagstaff educator Dale Shewalter in 1985. His idea was to combine the existing trails in the region by building new segments. To achieve the goal of forming a trail traversing the entire state, the Arizona Trail Association (ATA) sought out volunteers to build, maintain, mark, and provide maps and other amenities to the Trail. The ATA continues to keep the Trail in good shape to this day. Toward the end of its construction in 2009, the Arizona Trail earned National Scenic Trail designation. Shewalter passed away in 2010, one year before the Trail was finally completed in 2011.
Because of the varied terrain over the course of the Arizona Trail, different passages are more suitable for certain activities than others. Between ultra-athletes and day hikers, hiking is one of the most popular sports on the Trail. People can hike every foot of the 800-mile course, including flat, smooth sections and steep, rocky ones. The recently built segments of the Trail are in accordance with International Mountain Biking Association specifications, and some preferred routes have been constructed separately from the hiking trails. The ATA created these alternate bike paths primarily due to nature preservation efforts. The Arizona Trail is part of the Bikepacking Triple Crown. Bikepacking is essentially backpacking on a bicycle but includes any ride with an overnight stay. The 4000-mile Triple Crown consists of the Arizona Trail, the Colorado Trail, and The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route through the Rocky Mountains.
Dogs are encouraged to join adventurers on the Trail, but the conditions are not suitable for extended journeys with them. Only able-bodied dogs can handle the challenges of rocky terrain, sharp cholla, wild animals, and lack of water throughout a long trek. The Arizona Trail welcomes all people searching for memorable outdoor experiences. Permits are not required for daytime activities, but those wanting to camp overnight do need one. More information about trail passages, volunteer work, and events can be found at