Thanks for a Great Trails Symposium!

The 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium was held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Hotel & Conference Center near Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona.


by Stuart Macdonald, Chair, National Assoc. of State Trail Administrators

We would like to thank everyone who joined us in Arizona for the American Trails International Trails Symposium. It was a remarkable gathering of trails enthusiasts from across America and beyond. We especially want to recognize our guests who came from several countries across five continents. We were all impressed by the projects, people, and organizations who are creating a new culture of trails in many lands. American trails will be bringing you more ideas and endeavors from our allies in trails across the globe.

We also want to thank the many people who gave their effort and enthusiasm to make the Symposium so successful. We should mention first the many sponsors and exhibitors who make the Symposium possible as well as affordable. We hope you will take a look at the web page for our sponsors and remember their support when you are considering trail equipment, supplies, and services.

At the heart of the Symposium, as always is an army of presenters who bring their knowledge and ideas to the rest of us. There were a total of 88 educational sessions and about 130 speakers. It was a vast landscape of expertise, all shared by so many fine people who care about YOUR trails, not just their own.

In addition, we are grateful to our dozens of Arizona volunteers who did so much to make every aspect of the conference run smoothly. And finally, I would also like to recognize the incredibly hard work of Executive Director Pam Gluck and her Staff, who started early on the long, long trail to the Symposium. But all the work has its reward, and we are delighted such a big crowd could be with us in Arizona this year.

We’ll be making many of the presentations and resources showcased at the Symposium available in coming weeks. For now, we’d just like to say again, “THANKS!”

— Stuart Macdonald, on behalf of American Trails staff, Board, and Advisors

About the Author

Stuart Macdonald spent 19 years as Colorado's State Trails Coordinator. He is the editor of American Trails Magazine. During 1998-99, he represented State Trail Administrators on the national committee that proposed regulations for accessible trails. He chaired the National Recreational Trails Committee, which advised the Federal Highway Administration in the first years of the Recreational Trails Program. Stuart grew up in San Diego and his main outdoor interest besides trails is surfing. He has a BA in English from San Francisco State and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Utah State.

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