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    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:

    • Grand Canyon National Park
    • Colossal Cave
    • White Canyon
    • Remote Wilderness
    • Kentucky Mining Camp
    • Native American Cliff Dwellings
    • Diversity of Wildlife and Vegetation
    • Roosevelt Dam
    • Patagonia Railroad Town
    • Mormon Lake Logging Camp
    • General Springs Forest Ranger Cabin

    Warning: Desert Heat and Winter Snowpacks make this trail impassable for parts of the year. So plan ahead.


    Arizona Trail Requirements
    1. Contact Grand Canyon Council (formerly the Theordore Roosevelt Council) for a current copy of The Arizona Trail Hiking Guide for a historical outline and trail directions.
    2. File a Tour Permit (see below)
    3. Hike at least 5 miles of the trail
    4. Do a Trail Related Service Project
    5. Troop participates in a Arizona History Presentation.


    Arizona Trail Preparation

    The Walk Across Arizona is a visual film project of an 800 mile solo hike from the Utah to the Mexico Border via the Arizona trail.


    MainTour Arizona
    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.
    Ultimate Activity Guide for the Grand Canyon State!


    Arizona Grand Canyon Scouts Grand Canyon Tour
    U.S. National Park

    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.

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    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.


    Trek Detour #1
    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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    Trek Detour #3
    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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BSA Fieldbook
BSA Fieldbook
Outdoor Trek Guide

Based on experiences of millions of Scouts and leaders, this book holds essential information for every outdoor enthusiast. A comprehensive reference, this handbook includes sections on trek, preparation and adventures, appreciating our environment, and more.


On clear days in the Southwest, especially on crisp, cold winter days, you can see landscape features almost 100 miles away!


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