Visit Arizona hosting talks on Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail at REI Bloomington, MN

Hiking through the poppy-covered hillsides
Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail near the Gila River

Trails Inspire is partnering with Visit Arizona to bring two talks on Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail to the REI flagship store in Bloomington, Minnesota on Friday, November 9th at 6pm and Saturday the 10th at 11 am. The store is located at 750 American Blvd W. and the talks are free but registration is required – click on the links below. Trails Inspire founder Sirena Rana Dufault will be doing a photographic tour of the trail and sharing stories and tips and tricks for planning your own adventure!

Friday, November 9th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 10th 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Here’s the talk description:

The Arizona National Scenic Trail–known as the “AZT”–stretches 800 miles, from Mexico to Utah. It traverses “sky island” mountain ranges, the Sonoran Desert, the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, the Grand Canyon, and 9,000-foot peaks. Of the 11 National Scenic Trails in America, only three have been completely constructed from end to end: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Arizona Trail. Of the three, the Arizona Trail is the newest, having been envisioned in the 1980s and completed in 2011.

In this class, a two-time Arizona Trail veteran will pass along her knowledge about the AZT, sharing personal experiences, planning tips, and insight about tackling the trail in sections or in one continuous thru-hike. Her presentation is laced with history, humor and insider tricks. By the end of this class you will have completed a virtual trip across the “backbone of Arizona,” learning about the state’s natural beauty, diverse biomes and rich geologic history.

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