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Arizona Trail

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The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a National Scenic Trail from Mexico to Utah that traverses the whole north–south length of the U.S. state of Arizona. The trail begins at the Coronado National Memorial near the US–Mexico border and moves north through parts of the Huachuca, Santa Rita, and Rincon Mountains. The trail continues through the Santa Catalina north of Tucson and the Mazatzal Mountains before ascending the Mogollon Rim north of Payson, and eventually leading to the higher elevations of Northern Arizona and the San Francisco Peaks. The trail then continues across the Coconino Plateau and in and out of the Grand Canyon. The Arizona Trail terminates near the Arizona–Utah border in the Kaibab Plateau region. The 800-mile (1,300 km) long Arizona Trail was completed on December 16, 2011. The trail is designed as a primitive trail for hiking, equestrians, mountain biking, and even cross country skiing, showcasing the wide variety of mountain ranges and ecosystems of Arizona.

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Arizona Trail
Kentucky Camp, along the Arizona Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains.
Length800 mi (1,300 km)
LocationArizona, United States
DesignationNational Scenic Trail
TrailheadsCoronado National Memorial
ArizonaUtah border
UseHiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing
Highest pointSan Francisco Peaks (This point is on a proposed section of the trail), 9,600 ft (2,900 m)
Lowest pointGila River, 1,700 ft (520 m)
DifficultyEasy to Strenuous
SeasonYear-round at lower elevations, Summer and Fall at higher elevations
SightsSanta Catalina Mountains, Mogollon Rim, San Francisco Peaks, Grand Canyon

The idea for the trail was originally developed and promoted in 1985 by Dale Shewalter, a Flagstaff, Arizona, teacher.[1] The Arizona Trail was designated as a National Scenic Trail on March 30, 2009 by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. It forms part of the shortened version of the 6,875-mile (11,064 km) Great Western Loop. This version includes the Grand Canyon National Park.

Sign for the Arizona Trail as it passes near Picketpost Mountain (background) in Superior, Arizona.