THE ARIZONA TRAIL
The Arizona National Scenic Trail stretches 800 miles across the entire length of the state to connect deserts, mountains, forests, canyons, wilderness, history, communities and people. This non-motorized trail showcases Arizona’s diverse vegetation, wildlife and scenery, as well as unique historic and cultural sites. The route provides unparalleled opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and other trail users.
Starting at the U.S.-Mexico border, the path climbs and descends from one “sky island” mountain range to another, gaining and losing thousands of feet in elevation and traversing biomes ranging from desert to boreal forest. Continuing across the Sonoran Desert, the route crosses the Gila River, winds through the Superstition Mountains and the Mazatzal Wilderness on its way to the Mogollon Rim and majestic San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.
There are 7 passages that make up the central part of the trail that includes most of the Mogollon Rim. This is rugged territory but next to the Grand Canyon it may be some of the most beautiful and "Wild" territory on the whole trail.
Whether you hike, run, pedal or ride, the adventure of a lifetime is waiting for you on the Arizona Trail.
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. For information and trip planning advice, visit the Arizona Trail Association's homepage.
The Arizona Trail is divided into 43 passages. The list below contains the passages #27-#20 in order from north to south. These specific passages are located in Gila County. Click on the "+" sign below for more info on each access point.