Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

Arizona Trail

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    View south thruogh grass from the Conelo Hills towards distant Huachuca Mtns along the Arizona Trail. Coronado National Forest, AZ.
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    Arizona Trail heading north into Redrock Canyon.(late afternoon) Coronado National Forest, AZ.
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    Ruins of Kentucky Camp, an ill fated historic gold mine along the AZT, Coronado National Forest. AZ.
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    Arizona Trail winding through Saguaro along Colossal Cave County Park, AZ.
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    Saguaro late afternoon light from above Hope Camp, Saguaro National Park, AZ
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    Don't Touch! Saguaro, Hope Camp, Saguaro National Park, AZ
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    Fibrous remains of a Prickly Pear, Saguaro National Park, AZ
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    Saguaro and Ocotillo cactus in morning light, near Hope Camp, Saguaro National Park, AZ
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    Distant Tucson from the Arizona Trail at dusk.
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    Stick Insect in grass along the Arizona Trail. Pusch Ridge Wilderness, in the Santa Catalina Mountains. AZ
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    Saguaro cactus in bloom above Gila River from the Arizona Trail northwest of the town of Kelvin, AZ.
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    Saguaro along Walnut Canyon, AZ. morning (The AZT has since been rerouted from this section)
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    Coiled Rattlesnake along Reavis Canyon, Tonto National Forest, AZ.
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    Burial marker for Elisha Reavis, a colorful settler to the Superstition Mountains, Superstition Wilderness. AZ
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    Watching the clothes go round. Spring Creek Motel. AZ
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    Roosevelt Bridge over Roosevelt Lake from the Arizona Trail. AZ
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    To be or not to be
    LF Ranch was grandfathered in to the Mazatzal Wilderness. As of 2009 Mary Ann the owner invites AZT thru hikers to stay in the bunk house of the working ranch. Thank you Mary Ann for all your help.
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    "Infinite Dust" carrying an extra gallon of water across the waterless Whiterock Mesa along the Arizona Trail. Tonto National Forest. AZ
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    Infinite Dust's Mojo
    My shadow in a stock tank beside the Arizona Trail atop the Mogollon Rim, Coconino National Forest, AZ.
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    Sparse Ponderosa forest along the Arizona Trail. Coconino National Forest, AZ.
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    Tiny flower amongst pine cones beside the AZT near Mormon Lake, Coconino National Forest, AZ.
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    Pine needle on old log beside the AZT near Mormon Lake, Coconino National Forest, AZ.
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    Sign on edge of Mormon Lake flats, Coconino National Forest, AZ.
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    Power Lines from the Arizona Trail north of San Francisco Peaks. Coconino National Forest, AZ.
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    Ant earthen structure in Arizona Trail near Moqui Stage Station along FR301. Kaibab National Forest, AZ.
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    Pinion Pine silhouette. Kaibab National Forest, AZ.
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    "The Beast"
    Backpack at campsite beside FR301 along the Arizona Trail. Kaibab National Forest, AZ.
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    Kaibab forest leading up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Grandview Lookout Tower. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. (late afternoon)
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    Grand Canyon viewed from Grandview Lookout Tower. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. (morning)
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    Grandeur Point overlooking the Grand Canyon along the South Rim. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. (evening)
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    Bright Angel Canyon viewed from near Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
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    South Kaibab Trail descending into the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. (morning)
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    Rafters along Colorado River near Bright Angel Campground from South Kaibab Trail. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. (morning)
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    Upper Bright Angel Creek Canyon along the Arizona Trail following the North Kaibab Trail. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
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    Native American pottery pieces. AZ.
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    Lizard at the terminus of the Arizona Trail. Kaibab National Forest, AZ.
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    Hikers along the AZT with San Jose Peak in distance. About three miles from Mexican Border in the Huachuca Mountains, Coronado National Memorial, AZ.
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    Morning dew droplets on grass along the Arizona Trail in the Canelo Hills. Coronado National Forest, AZ.
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    Silhouette of Oak Tree from Arizona Trail in late afternoon light along the eastern edge of Meadow Valley. Coronado National Forest, AZ.
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    Blooming Ocotillo Cactus along the AZT, Coronado National Forest. AZ.
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    Picketpost Mountain frame in Suguaro from near Reavis Trail Canyon trailhead. Morning
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    Blister Beetle on Prickly Pear Cactus, Tonto National Forest, AZ.
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    Lightening strike on Vermillion Cliffs from the Arizona Trail near Larkum Canyon on the Kaibab Plateau. Kaibab National Forest, AZ.
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    Half moon framed in Saguaro. Above Walnut Canyon, AZ
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    Blooming Yucca from the Arizona Trail near Larkum Canyon on the Kaibab Plateau. Kaibab National Forest, AZ.
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​Summary of the Trail

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2009 - Arizona NST
 
The 800-mile Arizonal NST was explored and laid out by a teacher from Flagstaff, Dale Shewalter, in 1985. He aimed to create a primitive trail for hiking, horseback riders, mountain biking and even cross country skiing, showcasing the wide variety of mountain ranges and ecosystems in the backcountry of Arizona.  The Arizona NST crosses the entire state from north to south, connects five mountain ranges, and crosses the Grand Canyon just east of Grand Canyon Village. Along the way it traverses four national parks and four national forests. Construction of the trail was completed in 2011 just before national designation was sought. This Trail is administered by the Forst Service in close cooperation with the Arizona Trail Association.                                          

(See Wikipedia entry for "Arizona Trail")      
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