Just an update. Just purchased the maps CD for planning purposes. I will eventually buy paper maps for the route, but I can wait a while on those. I had several people ask me to start a blog, so they could track my planning and preparations for the trip, as well as get my posts and pictures of the trip itself. I have had to dig so much to find information all over the place (oh, this site is so nice for the AZ portion) that I decided to start a website for folks like me who want to ride all over the western U.S. I bought a domain, which will be home to my blog, as well as a forum for those who have interest in trail riding in the western U.S. Anyone who is experienced in horse/mule packing, camping, trailriding, outfitting, guiding, etc, or anyone who has interest in those kinds of things, is invited. Anyone who has expertise/experience in any of those things is invited to start a blog under the site name (such as "yourblog@- - -.com
") to provide information about trails, conditions, accommodations, ect.. Outfitters, guides, suppliers, etc are encouraged to join the forum plug their services and contribute with helpful information.
I'm hoping that eventually it will become a good resource and information exchange for folks like me who just want to get out and ride the trails in the west. I am trying to find all the websites I can for links, so there will be sort of a directory of good websites for information. I have placed a link to this site on there.
I hope this post doesn't get marked as spam (I made sure nothing links offsite, except my email address). There is no site like this one for the AZ Trail, but for anyone who may be going on up the GWT, or branching out onto other trails, or find places to ride in other western states, they will be able to find further information on the Western Trail Rider site...eventually...it will take time to populate.
Also, FYI, you can google "Unbranded, Ben Masters" to find out about a group of young men who will be making the Mexico to Canada horse pack trip using much of the AZT and GWT this spring (2013). They plan to use mustangs adopted from BLM as riding and pack stock and will be making a professional documentary film about the trip to enhance awareness of the American Mustang and promote wilderness preservation. I encourage everyone to check them out and track their progress. I have been in touch with Ben and hope to pick his brain about the route for my preparations. My trip will be a lot less complicated than his, but I won't be producing a feature-length professional documentary film. I am wishing them all the luck in the world and I look forward to seeing the film.