A recent article in the Payson Roundup about the Arizona Trail [map] reminded me that I’ve not yet taken time to explore this magnificent gem. I first heard about the Arizona Trail from our dearly departed Peaceful Valley neighbor (and former City of Scottsdale employee) Carl Golnik.
From the Roundup article:
The Arizona Trail stretches 817 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border to the Arizona-Utah border. Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009, it took 25 years to complete.
Flagstaff schoolteacher Dale Shewalter envisioned creating the ecologically and environmentally diverse trail after hiking from Nogales to the Utah border in the 1970s.
The Arizona Trail reached final completion on the centennial of the state, Feb. 14, with the help of hundreds of volunteers organized mostly by the Arizona Trail Association.
Also in that edition of the Roundup was an interesting article about local volunteers restoring the grave-site of Rim Country pioneer David Gowan.
You can find links to many more trails and other trail information on our Take A Hike page.