Trails Program

Non-Motorized Trail Funding Opportunities

State Parks is soliciting for projects to obligate the FY2015 Non-motorized Projects Portion of the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. Funding for selected projects will be available after July 1, 2014 and the project must be ready to move forward within nine months. Matching funds are required and all projects must meet National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. Approximately $660,000 is available. An eligible project sponsor may apply for only one of the funding progras below:

Grant Workshop

A workshop to assist potential grant applicants will be held at the State Parks Board Room, 1300 W. Washington St, Phoenix on Tuesday, January 28 at 1:00 pm. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend. Access by teleconference is available upon request.

Important Notice – Acceptance Of Applications

All potential applicants MUST contact the Statewide Non-motorized Program Grants Coordinator by February 7, 2014 to discuss their project. Ms. Valeros will provide valuable insight on proposed scope items. Katie Valeros, 602-542.6942 – kvaleros(at)azstateparks.gov

AND all potential applicants MUST submit the Estimated Project Cost Sheet and supporting Scope Item Cost Breakdown Sheets to the Statewide Non-motorized Program Grants Coordinator, not later than February 12, 2014. Katie Valeros , 602-542.6942 – kvaleros(at)azstateparks.gov

RTP Non-Motorized Project Grants

State Parks is offering up to $80,000 for project grants to build new trails, maintain and renovate existing trails, and provide support facilities and/or trail signage. A grant application workshop will be provided on January 28, 2014 at the State Parks office at 1 pm. Applications are due by Friday, February 28, 2014. Projects are selected through a competitive rating process. The grant manual and all forms are available to download below.

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

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
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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