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Arizona High Adventure
The Arizona Trail
BSA High Adventure Trek Award
Bryce Canyon NP
The Arizona Trail
US National Scenic Trail
The Arizona Trail is an 800+ mile recreation trail from Mexico to Utah that connects mountain ranges, canyons, deserts, forests, wilderness areas, historic sites, trail systems, points of interest, communities, and people. It serves dayhikers, backpackers, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, trail runners, nature enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and mule and llama packers.
The many different features on and near the Arizona Trail allow it to showcase many of the state’s greatest attributes, and contributed to its congressional and presidential designation as a National Scenic Trail. The historic features and natural wonders of the Arizona Trail are many:
Warning: Desert Heat and Winter Snowpacks make this trail impassable for parts of the year. So plan ahead.
Arizona Trail Requirements
Arizona Trail Preparation
Tour Plan Application - a council approved tour plan is required.
General Requirements - mandatory basic rules for all BSA High Adventure Treks.
BSA Safe Hiking Rules - required review for all hiking activities.
Arizona Trail Association - a membership organization, seeking active supporters of the Trail, coordinating volunteers, and providing other essential services to the Arizona Trail project.
Popular High Adventure Treks for
Older Scouts / Youth Groups / Families
Spectacular Vacation Outtings - Prepare now for a really fun experience discovering hidden state natural treasures. View exotic terrain, nature & wildlife. Be hands on with a variety of exhilarating outdoor activities. Ideal for Summer Trips and Rugged Weekend Overnighters.
Undisputably the most impressive part of the Arizona Trail is where it crosses the Grand Canyon abyss. The trail descends over one mile deep in bright desert colors. Visitors are not disappointed by its immense beauty.
Saguaro Desert Park
U.S. National Park
Preserving fine tracts of the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro Cactus that are open to Backpacking Wilderness overnight treks. The park is home to two endangered animals, the Lesser Long-nosed Bat and the Mexican Spotted Owl.
The Arizona Trail crosses the eastern district of this park next to Mica Mountain, the highest point in the park.
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Historic Trails Award
Many councils feature local Historic Trail Awards which can easily be earned in conjunction this award. To earn this award, members of your unit must plan and participate in a historic activity.
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Trail Service Project
Currently a popular Eagle Service Project is the construction of a trailhead information kiosk. Park rangers love this type of project as they need a station to properly inform trail visitors as to trail conditions, publish park/trail rules & policies. A kiosk is needed at nearly every trail entry point.
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