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posted May 18, 2020

Get the Right Gear for Summer Trails

With summer coming up fast now is the time to make sure you are prepared for the trail. Here are some suggestions from the American Trails staff on gear we love.

categories: Special Interest

posted Mar 18, 2020

The Respite of Trails and Outdoor Recreation

by Mike Passo with American Trails

America’s incomparable system of national scenic, historic, and recreational trails is the perfect way to sustain your mental and physical health, while maintaining the social distancing that is required in these challenging times.

categories: Special Interest
tags: health, healthcare, safety, covid-19

posted Jun 11, 2019

Huts in the USA: Where, Why, and How to Responsibly Expand Access to Nature

by Sam Demas with Hut2hut.info

A concise presentation of the roles hut systems can play in the educational and recreational opportunity spectrum of America.

categories: Special Interest
tags: education, trailsnext videos, huts and backcountry shelter systems

posted Apr 4, 2019

The Equestrian Trail Riders Lifestyle

by Lora Goerlich

A guide to keeping horses and the equestrian lifestyle.

categories: Special Interest

posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - Part F. Species and places of special interest

by American Trails Staff

While some species (such as bald eagle and Ute ladies-tresses orchids) and habitats (such as wetlands) have legal status that must be respected in the process of trail building, others may deserve special attention because of the value placed on them by a local community.

categories: Special Interest
tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Jul 1, 2007

The History of Horse Trails: The Fight for Trails Across America

Equestrians over the decades have recognized the threats to access and places to ride, and joined the fight for trails across America.

categories: Special Interest
tags: horses and equestrian trails

posted Feb 4, 2020

Leave No Trace – From Science to Application in Parks and Protected Areas: Strategies for Influencing Visitor Behavior

Recreational use of our shared public lands is increasing exponentially. With that increased use comes increased impact. Though some of those impacts are unavoidable, most are entirely avoidable. The majority of people venturing outside are ill-equipped with the basic Leave No Trace skills to minimize their individual but cumulative impact on the places they visit.

categories: Special Interest
tags: leave no trace

posted Oct 2, 2019

American Trails 2019 Costume Contest is Now Open

by American Trails Staff

October is here, which means it's time to enter the 2nd annual American Trails Costume Contest!

categories: Special Interest

posted Sep 25, 2019

Horsepower: Where it all Started

by Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service

Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.

categories: Special Interest
tags: horses and equestrian trails, construction, maintenance, backcountry

posted Jul 2, 2019

A Cross-Country Trail to Connect a Nation: The Great American Rail-Trail

by Ryan Chao with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

The route of Great American Rail-Trail was formally revealed during a cross-country live event on May 8, 2019.

categories: Special Interest

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posted Mar 19, 2018

International Trails Symposium

Every two years American Trails sponsors the International Trails Symposium to bring together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as tourism and business interests.

tags: international trails symposium (its), 2021

Results from the Business Directory


Arizona Trail Association

Tucson, Arizona

The Arizona Trail Association's mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.


738 N. 5th Avenue, Suite 201, Tucson, Arizona 85705
(602) 252-4794

Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

Mount Shasta, California

Since 1983, the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) has been serving the outdoor recreation profession. It is the nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to ...


PO Box 1443, Mount Shasta, California 96067
(530) 918-8312 • [email protected]

Northwest Trail Alliance

Portland, Oregon

Northwest Trail Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. We are one of the Northwest’s leading mountain bike advocacy and trail stewardship groups.


PO Box 1846, Portland, Oregon 97207
[email protected]

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