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Signed copies of Best Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail are available for $25 (includes shipping and handling, US only)

PayPal: paypal.me/desertsirena

Venmo: @desertsirena

Please include your shipping address or email it to sirena@trailsinspire.com.

The 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) is as beautiful as it is daunting. It crosses the state, from Mexico to Utah. It travels up and down Sky Island mountain ranges, across the Saguaro-studded Sonoran Desert, through the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world, past Arizona’s highest peak, and from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon. But you don’t need to hike the entire route to experience its historical, geological, and botanical significance. Many scenic views and important sites are accessible within a few hours’ journey.

Trail expert Sirena Rana guides you along the most interesting and accessible portions of the trail in 30 carefully crafted routes. Each entry includes navigational information and interpretive facts about the trail’s cultural history, natural history, and geography.

Inside You’ll Find:

  • 30 hikes through the most scenic and significant portions of the trail
  • In-depth route descriptions and fun facts
  • Detailed maps and full-color photographs that highlight Arizona’s diverse environments
  • Information on area food, activities, and lodging

This guidebook was created in partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism and published by Wilderness Press. It is perfect for casual and experienced hikers alike, so get out there and enjoy the trail!

  • Arizona Public Media radio interview
  • Gossamer Gear Interview
  • Grand Canyon Conservancy Interview
  • Keep Nature Wild Interview
  • The Trail Show podcast (starts at 1:35:25)
  • Pinal Central article
  • Summit for Arizona Trails (starts at 37:56)
  • City Sun Times article
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    Exciting announcement: I just signed my first book contract!

    To the Arizona Trail - Writer Sirena Rana Dufault

    For the next year and a half I will be researching and writing a book, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, for Wilderness Press. It will have 26 of the best day hikes on the Arizona Trail combined with lots of interpretive information and photos of the views, history, plants, and more. Each day hike is connected to one of the Gateway Communities for post-hike eats, lodging and other fun things to do in the area.

    Arizona Trail Sign - Picketpost Trailhead

    Arizona Trail Sign at Picketpost Trailhead near the Gateway Community of Superior

    I have wanted to write this book for years! I always get questions about people wanting to go on the AZT that are intimidated by choosing where to hike. The book will have hikes for all seasons and a wide range of difficulty levels from novice to expert. It will also be a resource for people just getting into the outdoors with info on what to bring and desert hiking tips and tricks.

    View from the Dale Shewalter Memorial at Buffalo Park

    View from the Dale Shewalter Memorial at Buffalo Park in the Gateway Community of Flagstaff

    Thrilled to be creating a resource that will make it easy to experience this wonderful long-distance trail and its communities without having to do the whole 800 miles.

    Now it’s time to get to work! I won’t have a lot of time to post on this blog but I’ll be sharing photos and video of my research process as I go along on my Instagram @desertsirena and the Trails Inspire Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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