MAJOR BACKPACKING TRAILS
This scenic new trail, presently under construction, will be some 700 miles long when completed, and will run the entire length of the state. Portions are currently open for use.
About three-quarters of the Arizona Trail is on National Forest lands. It also passes through Grand Canyon National Park, Saguaro National Monument, and some BLM lands.
The trail is open to hikers, backpackers, and horseback riders. Mountain bikes are allowed on sections outside of wilderness areas. Parts of the trail are also suitable for cross-country skiing in winter.
CampingReguIations: On National Forest lands and BLM lands one may camp almost anywhere, and campfires are generally allowed, except where otherwise prohibited. Campsites should be well off the trail and away from water sources, especially in wilderness areas.
Permits are required to camp in Grand Canyon National Park and Saguaro National Monument. The permits should be obtained in advance, particularly for the Grand Canyon. Designated sites must be used in both of these parks. See the appropriate entries above for complete regulations regarding the two areas.
For Further Information: Arizona Trail Coordinator, Kaibab National Forest, 800 South 6th Street, Williams, AZ 86046.
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