Celebrate National Trails Day – June 3rd

Every year the American Hiking Society sponsors National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. It’s an opportunity to get out on the trail by hiking, running, horseback riding, biking, wildlife viewing, photography, geocaching, paddling trips or doing trail maintenance.

Horseback Riding near Sonoita
Horseback Riding near Sonoita

Go exploring on your own, or if you are looking for a group event, the website has a search function to find one near you!

Group hike on the Arizona Trail
Group hike on the Arizona Trail

From the AHS website: “By coordinating a wide array of trail activities on a single day, National Trails Day attracts new trail users and helps connect existing trail enthusiasts with local clubs and organizations with the hopes of creating trail advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain more than 200,000 miles of trails in the U.S. requires a collaborative effort among trail clubs, organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate trail advocates and stewards.”

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Tonto Trail, Grand Canyon

Take a look at some numbers from last year’s event:

In 2016 more than 168,000 individuals participated in 2,391 activities in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. Participants among the most popular activities included:
• 70,900 hikers
• 25,900 trail volunteers (maintaining 1,200 miles of trail)
• 8,200 cyclists
• 4,000 paddlers
• 1,700 equestrians
How are you planning on celebrating National Trails Day?
Paddling the Verde River
Paddling the Verde River

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