Arizona Trail

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The Arizona National Scenic Trail is an 800 mile long trail that stretches from the Arizona / Mexico border to the Arizona / Utah border.

It is maintained by the Arizona Trail Association.


Length: 1,287 km (800 mi)

Standard direction(s) of travel: Northbound in the spring, Southbound in the fall

Season: Spring (nobo) and Fall (sobo)[1]

Trail Association: Arizona Trail Association

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Weather and Seasonality

Northbound hikers generally depart the southern terminus during March or early April. Hikers starting too early will find abundant snow and cold weather in southern Arizona's "Sky Island" mountain ranges (Huachucas, Rincones, Catalinas), while hikers leaving too late will face oppressive heat in the low desert areas surrounding Tucson and the Gila River area. Northbounders generally complete their treks in late April or May. In high snow years and/or the early season, large parts of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Kaibab Plateau may still be snowbound.

Southbound hikers hikers generally leave the northern terminus in mid-late September, after monsoon season has wound down. As the weather cools, they drop off the Mogollon Rim into warmer climes. The sky islands may still be chilly, but weather is generally pleasant, though with greater wildfire risk than in the spring. Most southbound hikers will finish at the southern terminus in November.

Resupply Locations

Location Nobo Mile (km / mi) Distance from Trail (km / mi)
Patagonia[2] 82.4 km (51.2 mi) On trail
Vail[2] 181.2 km (112.6 mi) 10.1 km (6.3 mi)
Colossal Cave Mountain Park[2] 191.5 km (119.0 mi) 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Tuscon[2] 260.1 km (161.6 mi) 19.3 km (12.0 mi)
Summerhaven[2] 296.0 km (183.9 mi) On trail
High Jinks Ranch[2] 316.1 km (196.4 mi) On trail
Oracle[2] 319.0 km (198.2 mi) 6.4 km (4.0 mi)
Kearny[2] 422.8 km (262.7 mi) 11.6 km (7.2 mi)
Superior[2] 483.6 km (300.5 mi) 8.0 km (5.0 mi)
Roosevelt Lake Marina[2] 555.7 km (345.3 mi) 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Payson[2] 622.3 km (386.7 mi) 48.3 km (30.0 mi)
Pine[2] 741.3 km (460.6 mi) 4.8 km (3.0 mi)
Mormon Lake[2] 857.6 km (532.9 mi) 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Flagstaff[2] 917.3 km (570.0 mi) On trail
Tusayan[2] 1,100.3 km (683.7 mi) On trail
Grand Canyon South Rim[2] 1,106.7 km (687.7 mi) 1.9 km (1.2 mi)
Jacob Lake[2] 1,225.8 km (761.7 mi) 3.9 km (2.4 mi)

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