The Arizona National Scenic Trail

Adventure awaits on the Arizona Trail!

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The Arizona National Scenic Trail (Arizona Trail) stretches over 800 miles across the entire length of the state, from the U.S.-Mexico border to Utah. The trail connects deserts, mountains, canyons, wilderness, history, communities, and people.

The Arizona Trail has something for everyone, from remote and challenging wilderness to easily accessible passages near many gateway communities. The trail showcases Arizona’s diverse vegetation, wildlife, scenery, and history in a way that provides a unique and unparalleled Arizona experience.

  • Draft AZNST Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Assessment

    Wooden arch with a rustic 'Arizona Trail' sign in front of a tall metal fire lookout tower

    The Forest Service is currently in the process of developing the draft comprehensive plan. Draft documents and additional details regarding the planning process and project milestones can be accessed at the following link.

About the Trail

The Arizona Trail was designated a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 2009 and is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Other partners in the management and protection of the trail include the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, Arizona State Parks, the Arizona Trail Association, and several counties and municipalities.

Every year more hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers, and trail runners are discovering the Arizona Trail. Some only travel a few miles, or do one passage at a time, while others complete the entire trail in one season. The Arizona Trail Association's website provides information and trip planning advice.

Whether you hike, run, pedal, or ride, adventure awaits on the Arizona Trail!


Learn about Trail Safety and Ethics

The Arizona National Trail provides a natural arena for a wide variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities. Some sites require a modest recreation fee to help provide the services and facilities at the site.  Know Before You Go

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National and State Forests and Parks along the Arizona Trail

Adventure Awaits! 

800 miles is a lot of steps and you'll need some resources about the parks and forests along the way.  

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