Trails Program

2015 Arizona Trails Plan

Arizona State Parks 2015 Trails PlanEvery five years, the recreational trails staff at Arizona State Parks prepares an information-filled report concerning Arizona's motorized and non-motorized trails and their users.  This plan includes recommendations and action strategies to protect and enhance trails throughout the state including those in local city, county and state parks, as well as those on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands.  Learn about the most common non-motorized and motorized recreation pursuits in Arizona.
Download the Trails Plan (PDF Document 2.9 MB PDF)
The priority recommendations listed in the plan will be used to develop grant rating criteria and distribute monies from the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program.


Trail of the Month - Arizona Trail Passage #5 (Santa Rita Mountains) - June 2015

Riders enjoy great views from atop their trusty steeds.This Passage is best done in the Fall, Winter (snow possible) or Spring. The actual trail segment begins in Gardner Canyon, Just west of the trailhead and is approximately 13.5 miles long.

There are quite a few different vegetation types on this trail, we found grasslands, rolling hills, several sepcies of cacti, intermittent tree groves with oak and pines in locations. Along the trail you can find remnants of the old water supply, eventually passing through Kentucky Camp, a mining camp (built around 1904), which has numerous buildings and ruins to see. There are many areas with mines and old ruins along the trails and forest roads of this area. Always fun to explore.

If you venture off the AZ Trail and meander through the Coronado, you can find old mines, such as Snyder Mine. Deer were abundant during our trips to the area and this is an absolutely beautiful area to visit. For more information on this great trail experience, please CLICK HERE.

Horses stop along the way on the Arizona Trail Passage #5. Ruins at the Kentucky camp site.
The Bed and Breakfast at Kentucky camp offers riders a welcome place to stop and stretch. A "Horse-Eye" view gives a unique perspective to the trail.
Please practice safe Hiking: Plan your trip out, tell a friend when you're leaving/returning, bring plenty of food, water & wear appropriate footwear.


State Parks RTP Trail Maintenance Program

Federal RTP funds up to $30,000 are available for trail maintenance and/or realignment only. In this program State Parks provides a trained trail crew to do routine trail maintenance and pays them directly. The project sponsor identifies the work needed, provides the required NEPA documentation and match, and selects and manages the trail crew. Projects are selected randomly according to a prescribed process. Project sponsors who have not received funding in the most recent cycles will have priority. The trail maintenance program manual and application forms are available to download below.

Welcome to the Arizona State Trails Program. Arizona State Parks' Trails Program provides a number of benefits for trail users, organizations, and communities.

  • Provides technical assistance to agencies and organizations
  • Hosts trail conferences, trainings and education events 
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for statewide trail information
  • Manages a State Trails System and statewide trails advisory committee
  • Conducts statewide trail research that guides the expenditure of trail grant funds

Explore the different trail categories below

Arizona Trails 2010 Plan

Every five years, the agency prepares a statewide trails plan. The Final version is done and has been released. Learn More

Historic Trails of Arizona

Historic trails have many stories to tell of countless families who endured hardships of early overland travel in search of a better life in Arizona. Learn More

Top Trails

Members of the ASCOT have compiled some of their favorite hikes with vivid trail descriptions. Explore your state by trying out a new hiking trail today. Learn More

State Trails System

The State Trails System promotes quality, non-motorized trails that are of special interest and significance to Arizona's residents and visitors. Learn More

Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail is an 807 mile scenic trail that crosses Arizona, from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities, and people. Learn More

Trails on State Trust Land

State Trust Land is not Public Land. Trust land is different from public land such as parks or National Forests. Learn More

Share the Trail

Understanding shared-use trail etiquette can make hiking, biking, and riding trails more enjoyable for everyone. Learn More

Workshops & Conferences

Trail-related workshops, conferences, and trainings are a great way to learn new skills and develop an understanding of trail system challenges. Learn More

Trail Links & Partners

Website links for online resources including national organizations, state programs, and walking & bicycling partners. Learn More

Trail Grants

Arizona State Parks administers Grant Programs for both non-motorized and motorized trails. Learn More


ASCOT promotes, develops, and preserves non-motorized trails throughout the state for mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and water trail users. Learn More

Photography Contest

Trails Photography Contest celebrates the beauty of Arizona and the varied experiences of trails and trail users. See Winners from the 2007 cycle. Learn More
Trail Construction

Helpful resources to help you get started planning either a single trail or a comprehensive trails plan. Learn More

Trails Main Categories

Historic Trails of Arizona
State Trails System
Arizona Trail
Top Trails
Trails on State Trust Land
Share the Trail
Workshops & Conferences
Trail Links & Partners
Trail Grants
ASCOT Photography Contest
Trail Planning & Construction

Contact the Trails Program

Comments or questions please contact:

State Trails Coordinator
1300 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 542-7116

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