Arizona National Scenic Trail Northern Terminus, AZ – Volunteer Vacations 2023
April 23 @ 3:00 pm - April 29 @ 10:00 am
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.