The Arizona Trail does an excellent job of highlighting the rugged terrain and desert beauty of the state of Arizona. The length of more than 800 miles runs along a north south axis through the entire state from the Mexican border to Utah and features many of the finest examples of southwestern geography in any of the National Parks in the United States, including a crossing of the Grand Canyon.
The Arizona Trail has many changes of elevation and of natural habitats, each with its own character and attributes. It is a different experience from such trails as the Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail Many hikers have completed the full length but it is a challenging trek. Because of the unforgiving nature of the trail it requires planning and smart forward thinking, with careful map analysis and caching supplies and water along the way.