Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
112,000.00 ft (34,137.60 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
800.00 mi (1,287.47 km)
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The Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) is a continuous 800-mile path that stretches from Mexico to Utah through Arizona. It connects deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, wilderness, people, and communities in Arizona, showcasing the varied landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife that the state has to offer. In addition, the trail is rich in history and passes through a variety of historical and cultural sites. The AZT is open to non-motorized trail use and attracts a variety of outdoor enthusiasts including hikers, backpackers, runners, bikers, equestrians and more. 

From the southern border, the AZT ascends and descends several "sky island" mountain ranges. These ranges rise abruptly from the desert floor to elevations that can support boreal forest habitats. As the trail continues north through the Sonoran Desert, it crosses the Gila River and climbs up to the Mogollon Rim. It traverses the Colorado Plateau, crosses the Grand Canyon, and continues north along the Kaibab Plateau, ending at the border with breathtaking views of Utah's colorful canyons and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.

The trail is broken up by 43 passages that can be explored individually or taken on as a point-to-point thru-hike, traversing the entire length in one season. With multiple trailheads and access points, visitors can choose their own adventure on the AZT.  Whether you're looking for rugged, remote terrain or something more accessible, the AZT delivers an unforgettable experience!

AZT FEATURES

  • Four National Forests (Coronado, Tonto, Cocnino and Kaibab).

  • Two National Parks (Saguaro National Park and Grand Canyon National Park);

  • One National Memorial (Coronado National Memorial)

  • One National Monument (Walnut Canyon National Monument)

  • As well as Bureau of Land Management lands, county and city lands, and four small areas of private property. 

  • Six major mountain ranges (Huachuca, Santa Rita, Rincon, Santa Catalina, Superstition, Mazatzal).

  • The Mogollon Rim and the Colorado Plateau.

  • Three rivers (Gila, East Verde and Colorado).

The trail is maintained and cared for by The Arizona Trail Association (ATA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and sustaining the Arizona National Scenic Trail. More information about the organization, the trail, adventure planning, and more is available at www.aztrail.org.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Days

50

Pros

Biodiversity. Incredible Landscapes. Gateway Communities.

Cons

Lack of water.

Trailhead Elevation

5,883.00 ft (1,793.14 m)

Highest point

9,148.00 ft (2,788.31 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Historically significant
Wildlife
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

Yes

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

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