The Arizona Trail

Arizona Trail Desert Sunrise

What is the Arizona Trail?

The Arizona Trail (AZT) is a rugged and beautifully wild long-distance trail stretching from the borders of Mexico to Utah. Traversing 800 miles, it climbs up and over southern Arizona’s signature sky islands, weaves through extraordinary desert landscapes and mountains, and travels over Arizona’s high country, all before it passes through the iconic Grand Canyon. As a relatively new National Scenic Trail, it gets little attention compared to similar trails such as the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, but offers just as much of a challenge. The AZT travels through nine of Arizona’s eleven different biomes, making the landscape truly diverse over the distance. It’s truly an adventure unlike any other.

After failing to complete it in 2015, I went back in 2016. I started from scratch and successfully thru-hiked the trail in its entirety. Starting on March 9, 2016, I finished on the evening of May 1, 2016.

A successful crowdfunding campaign was what helped get me there and complete the hike. Part of the campaign’s success was due to my willingness to donate photos taken from the trail back to the Arizona Trail Association. This was designed primarily to help them better protect the scenic resources along the trail.

Arizona Trail Photo Galleries

Below are all the of galleries from Arizona that contain images taken along the Arizona Trail. Some galleries will contain other images from previous outings to that particular area.

My Arizona Trail Route

The Google Map below has each day from my seven-week journey tracked through Arizona. Each alternating color represents one full day on the trail. A selection of favorite photos from the trail is also overlaid on the route exactly where GPS recorded the data for each photo.

Feel free to zoom in and study a section in more detail, and also open the map in a larger window if you want to explore more.

Arizona Trail Blog Posts

I somehow managed to write an entire blog post at the end of each day on the trail. Below are the blog posts as I wrote them, with the exception of minor grammatical errors I went back and fixed upon proofreading. The first post is Day 1: Mexico to Miller Peak Wilderness.