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Arizona National Scenic Trail Northern Terminus, AZ – Volunteer Vacations 2023

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - April 29 @ 10:00 am

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Join this rare opportunity to work in one of the most remote and unique portions of the Arizona National Scenic Trail! The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. Along the way it takes hikers, bikers and equestrians through a diverse landscape of deserts, mountains canyons and communities and showcases the best of what the Grand Canyon State has to offer. We will be working to restore the northernmost portion of the trail as it winds to it’s terminus at the Utah border. Not only is the landscape exceptional – the community of long-distance hiking will be in full swing as north-bound hikers come in to complete their long trek.

Volunteer work will involve brushing, drain construction and maybe some rockwork projects. This area was affected by fire in 2020, and this project will be an important part of the recovery process. Access to the project work site will involve a hike of approximately 2-4 miles per day with moderate elevation gain (no more than 1000′). The trail is well established.

There is no experience needed to join a Volunteer Vacation! Your expert hosts will provide detailed instruction, tool demonstrations, and project oversight throughout the week. All you need is a willing attitude and to be in good physical condition to participate in moderate physical activity for approximately 6-8 hours a day with plenty of breaks, at your own pace. Find out more about what it’s like to join a Volunteer Vacation and other frequently asked questions here.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the O’odham Jeweḍ, Sobaipuri, Tohono O’odham, Hohokam peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, their deep and sacred connection to these lands, and those who continue to steward these lands today. We offer this land acknowledgement as the first of many steps to stand as an ally and amplify Indigenous voices. We invite the American Hiking Society community to join us through continued efforts to support Indigenous communities and learn more about the history of the lands on which we live, work and recreate.

Host

Arizona Trail Association

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 4 miles each work day.

Project Rating

Moderate

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

12

Area and Attractions

Set at the base of the Vermillion Cliffs in one of the most iconic landscapes of the American West, the Stateline Campground is the northern terminus for the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the jump-off point for numerous adventures in the red rock country of northern Arizona and southern Utah. This includes the infamous "Wave", Buckskin Gulch (the longest slot canyon in North America), White Pocket and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument among many other spectacular opportunities. This is a landscape about contrasts - with red sandstone, blue skies and often harsh weather extremes. But in spring, the junipers are green and the temperatures are just right for a week spent beneath the stars!

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will camp at Stateline Campground in an area that is accessible by passenger car. There will be potable water on site, but facilities will be primitive. Vault / pit toilets will be available onsite during the week. The Arizona Trail Association's program prides itself on providing superior hospitality to its volunteers. Just because the conditions are primitive does not mean the camp should be! Volunteers are asked to assist with camp chores, but the food and facilities are well thought out and carefully managed. Volunteers need to bring their own tent and personal camping gear, sleeping bag, towels, personal cup / bowl / mug / eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

Las Vegas Airport in Last Vegas, NV is the closest major airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.

Location

Stateline Campground
House Rock Valley Rd,, Kanab, UT 84741 United States + Google Map
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