Advisory Committee Member applications are now being accepted for this Committee.
The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking non-motorized recreation enthusiasts from throughout Arizona to serve as volunteer advisors. The Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) represents non-motorized trail interests and serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission and the Parks Board. The overall mission of the State Trails Program is to promote, develop, and preserve non-motorized trail opportunities throughout the state for mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and water trail users. The Parks Board appoints ASCOT members to three-year terms and there are five (5) openings on ASCOT.
The Parks Board will make appointments at their November 2012 meeting and those selected will begin serving on January 1, 2013. Applications are available for download below.
The deadline for submitting an application is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2012. Please read the application carefully and direct inquiries to Robert Baldwin, Recreational Trails Grants Coordinator at (602) 542-7130 or rbb2(at)azstateparks.gov.
ASCOT serves in an advisory capacity the Arizona State Parks Board. The overall mission of the State Trails Program is to promote, develop, and preserve non-motorized trail opportunities throughout the state for mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and water trail users. State Parks staff works with ASCOT to:
Members of ASCOT have put together a list of their Top Trail Picks complete with trail information and descriptions.
ASCOT meets quarterly around the state. Public participation is encouraged at these meetings. Two meetings are held on a Friday and two meetings are held on a Saturday.
|Agenda 01/25/13 *
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|Agenda 04/26/13 *
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|Agenda 04/26/13 †
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* = Amended Agenda
† = Joint Meeting with OHVAG
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Nick Lund, TRACKS-Pinetop/Lakeside
Dan Gronseth, City of Phoenix
Linda Slay, Arizona Horse Council
Bill Gibson, Bureau of Land Management
Phyllis Ralley, Citizen at Large
Ryan Domsalla, Apache - Sitgreaves National Forests
Laurel Arndt, Mountain Bike Association of Arizona
Laddie Cox, Citizen-at-Large
Richard Kesselman, Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona
Jarod Rogers, City of Phoenix Parks
Jackie Keller, Citizen at Large
Claire Miller, City of Scottsdale
Patrick Kell, International Mountain Bicycling Association
Craig Alden Stevens, Back Country Horsemen of Central Arizona
Doug Von Gausig, Citizen at Large
Advisory Committee Coordinator: Jerry Underwood
ASCOT sponsors statewide trail workshops to bring together the trails community and share relevant trail information. Some of our past workshops include:
1st State Trails Conference in 1990 - “Partnerships-On the Trail Together”
2nd Conference in 1992 - “Arizona Trails…Our Heritage…Our Future”
3rd Conference in 1995 - “Locking in the Legacy”
In 1998 Arizona hosted the National Trails Symposium in Tucson.
4th Conference in 2001 - “Trail Funding”
5th Conference in 2003 - “Managing Trails in Lean Times”
6th Conference in 2004 - “Trails for All People: ADA and Trails”
7th Conference in 2005 - “Volunteers: Helping Hands on the Land”
Conference in 2007 - “State Trails Conference”
ASCOT produced The Public Trail Access Manual: A Guide to the Protection of Arizona's Trails. Arizona was the first state to prepare a manual on saving public trail access and many other states have modeled their manuals after ours.
ASCOT monitors trails in the State Trails System to ensure their quality is maintained.
The first State Trails System Guide included 102 trails and was called Diamond Jubilee. The 2nd edition, developed in 1989, was renamed Arizona State Trails Guide with the number of trails increasing to 263 trails. In 1995 the 3rd edition Trail Guide (our most popular) included 452 trails. The fourth edition was published in 2004 and can be purchased from the Arizona State Parks Gift Shop. This guide is in high demand and is the most comprehensive trail guide for Arizona and includes all non-motorized trail user groups!