The Los Burros trail is part of the White Mountains Trail System that is planned, built and maintained by TRACKS (www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org), a non-profit group of 350+ volunteers. The 200+ mile, primitive, dirt, single track WMTS is for non-motorized users (hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, trail runners, etc.) in the Lakeside Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests of NE AZ, about a 3-4 hour drive from Phoenix. The Apache-Sitgreaves are part of the largest ponderosa pine forests in the US, extending from west of Flagstaff, along the Mogollon Rim, into New Mexico. WMTS major trails are loops with connector trails, so that users may go on short or long excursions on trails of moderate difficulty. To get to the LB trail from the Lakeside Ranger Station on White Mountain Road (AZ260 near the Porter Mountain Rd. junction) go South to McNary, take the 1st left (Apache County Rd 3140/Forest Rd 224) after the McNary General Store for 7 miles; turn right into the Los Burros campground, with trailhead #1 at the far end; or continue on FR224 for another 0.8 miles to reach trailhead #2. Trailhead #1 is in a large meadow, with a bathroom and camping sites, that was once the site of the Los Burros Ranger Station where some of the original buildings still exist. From the campground, after a short distance, users access the LB trail at one of the junctions with the LB shortcut trail. Maintained dirt roads lead to both trailheads, which accommodate horse trailers; 4 wheel drive is not needed. A free map of the LB trail may be printed from the TRACKS website, and users may email from the website to inquire about trail conditions.
The 13 mile Los Burros trail ranges from approx. 7825 to 8300 feet, with a shortcut trail that is approx. in the middle of the LB. The trail passes through aspen groves (with radiant fall colors) and ponderosa pine forests, with opportunities to view elk, deer, antelope, turkey and other wildlife. The 8 mile Chipmunk trail connects the LB west with the Country Club trail, and the 8.3 mile 4 Springs trail connects the LB north to the Land of Pioneer trail. Each WMTS trail is marked approx. every 1/4 mile with coded, white trail marker diamonds. On the Los Burros, the codes are LB1, LB2, etc. GPS coordinates for each coded diamond have been recorded, and given to all regional emergency responders, so that 911 callers from the WMTS may be more readily located. Coded diamond locations are shown on each trail map. For more information, and a map of this trail, please CLICK HERE
Please practice safe Hiking: Plan your trip out, tell a friend when you're leaving/returning, bring plenty of food, water & wear appropriate footwear.
Every 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.
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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.
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.
Every five years, the agency prepares a statewide trails plan. The Final version is done and has been released. Learn More
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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
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