Arizona Trail – Southern Border to Northern Border, Arizona
Dissecting the state of Arizona from its southern border with Mexico to the northern border of Utah this trail gives hikers, bikers and horseback riders an un-matched opportunity to enjoy the beautiful state of Arizona.
There are 807 miles of trails to enjoy. From Coronado National Memorial in the Huachuca Mountains to the Coronado National Forest, on to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, the Tonto National Forest area, Mormon Lake, around Flagstaff in the Kaibab National Forest area, and finally up to Jacob Lake you will find the wonders of the state just waiting for you to see.
One man can make a difference. Although the thought of having a trail across the state had been on the minds of many for years it took one man, Dale Shewalter, a hiking enthusiast and schoolteacher from Flagstaff, to actually do something to get the trail moving off the "gee that would be nice" to getting it started. He began promoting his vision of the trial to key state and federal agencies, service groups, corporations and individuals to get interest up for the project. He gathered other enthusiasts along the way to help in getting this accomplished.
Working together with multiple agencies has facilitated the completion (or near completion) of the trial. Much of the trial is on Federal land but still, it took everyone working together to get it done.
While hiking, biking or riding you could encounter a wide range of conditions from heat to snow so be sure to check the conditions along the way to have the appropriate clothing and gear with you.
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.
Get out and enjoy the trails, there are wonderful adventures just waiting for you in Arizona!