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Causes: Environment, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: The mission of the Arizona Trail Association is to coordinate the planning, development, management, and promotion of the Arizona Trail for the recreational and educational experiences of non-motorized trail users.

Results: The trail's completion in December 2011 combined with increased outreach efforts have resulted in a large increase in trail users for the 2012 season.

Programs: Significant improvements were made to the arizona national scenic trail, including tread work, new signs and gates, and increased participation from trail stewards and other volunteers. Seeds of stewardship expanded youth outreach program to include more schools and more communities in the arizona trail experience. Junior explorer handbook wrote content for the blm sponsored arizona trail junior explorer handbook to engage youth in understanding and appreciation of the arizona trail. 50,000 copies printed and distributed. Arizona trail courtyard display helped develop a three dimensional virtual trail experience for visitors at the national geographic visitor center grand canyon in tusayan. Arizona trail maps printed backside of grand canyon visitor maps, more than 250,000 of these are distributed annually, and an additional 100,000 were donated to the ata. A 90-second arizona trail promotional video being shown before each screening of the grand canyon imax film. Promo video also being shown on visitor center websites statewide. Contd on line 4b

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sinyala G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization & resource for ATA! Detailed information & Trail stewards that give you a lot of information when you ask for it. Great to see the organization grow & resources become more available for the trail. I have section hiked many segments.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first made contact with the Arizona Trail Association way back in 1999 while planning a thru-hike of the trail and was immediately impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm, both to completing the then-unfinished trail and to helping trail users to prepare for and hike it. In the almost 14 years since that time I have remained close to the Arizona Trail in spirit and have seen its organization give tirelessly of themselves to the cause, often in the face of adversities unique to this part of the natural world, and these efforts have paid enormous dividends. The state of Arizona now boasts one of the premiere long-distance recreation trails in the country, unmatched mile-for-mile in terms of diversity and scenery, and it is bringing communities and people together for a common cause higher than any of us. And all of this thanks to the Arizona Trail Association and its network of supporters. It's a personal honor to be part of this trail community, even from the opposite side of the country as I often am these days.

Dave38

Donor

Rating: 4

The Arizona Trail is still a fairly new trail but is destined to be one of the top trails in the United States. It needs to be supported and maintained.

Laura95

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered in construction of at least 6 sections of the AzT in Southern Arizona since 2003. I love it when I ride my mountain bike over these sections and i remember the day it was built and how it was built. We continue to do trail maintenance days. Mark Flint is a slave driver, rain or snow, trail building didn't wait!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twenty-five years ago some hiking folks, led by Dale Shewalter, got together and created the Arizona Trail. While it wasn't quite that simple, it was the start of something incredible. The accomplishments of those individuals live on, and I am proud to be a part of it. At whatever level you choose, involvement with the Arizona Trail Association is richly rewarding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ATA has created a trail system that is truly world class and the fact that it constantly is improving is what makes it great. The trail has enabled me to see parts of this state that I might never see. Truly a gem we have in this state. Additionally, the information on the website regarding the various segments is fantastic and has been a valuable resource to me when venturing out.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to have the Arizona Trail within miles of my house. This state treasure definitely has a life-changing impact, especially for those of us that enjoy it regularly. A huge thanks to the Arizona Trail and those that help maintain it!

Tasha N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with the Arizona Trail in 2006. In my opinion, not only is the trail fantastically maintained by an outstanding group of volunteers, it is also well-run on the organization level. I joined the board 2 years ago and can attest to the diligence of each board member in making sure that the Trail will be here tomorrow and for many tomorrows to come. From Southern Arizona's poke-y cactus to the Grand Canyon, the Arizona Trail deserves its National Scenic Trail status. A great organization to be involved in on any level!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arizona Trail is truly a gift. It is the first place I go when heading out for some relaxation, great exercise, beauty, and a bit of heaven on earth. As a professional photographer who spends much time with nature the trail is a favorite. The Arizona Trail Association is instrumental in bringing these experiences along the trail to so many.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rode parts of the AZT by mountain bike and am impressed with this wonderful trail. The website is an excellent resource with all the info anyone would need to follow the AZT from end to end. I am delighted with the efforts and results of the ATA.