Arizona State Committe on Trails (ASCOT) and Arizona State Parks have established a new state trails system to recognize and promote non-motorized trails of special significance to Arizona residents and visitors.
The Arizona Premier Trails System will include up to 100 premier trails. It will highlight various types of trails in the following 7 categories: Recreation, Interpretive, Historic/Cultural, Scenic, Water/Riparian, National Trails and Trail Systems. The APTS will offer a diversity of unique trails that inspire people to experience the State's magnificent outdoor environment and cultural history. The nomination and designation process is guided by a variety of criteria, requirements and procedures listed within the application. Nominations can be submitted for existing non-motorized trails. All trails must meet the criteria within the application. Only the trails with the highest scores will be eligible for inlcusion. Applications are subject to a review process. Once designated, the trails will remain on the system ist for a period of five years. At the conclusion of the five-year time period, the trail may be re-nominated, but must go through the application process again and compete with other trail applications for any opening.
Step One - Learn more about APTS
ASCOT members and Arizona State Parks will be scheduling a new webinar soon. Check back for updates and follow the steps below for more information.
Download the March Webinar Presentation here! ( 13.38 MB PDF)
Step Two - Choose a Trail Category
APTS inlcudes a variety of trail types from Interpretive Trails to Water Trails. Which cateogry will your trail shine?!
Learn more about category attributes by reading the Criteria For Nominating Trails. ( 133 KB PDF)
Step Three - Fill Out the Nomination Forms
Be sure to fill out both parts of the Nomination forms. Part I – Trail Information gathers more general information about the trail. Part II asks questions that is specific to the trail category. Applications with just Part II forms completed will not be considered for APTS designation.
Step Four - Submit Final APTS Application
Submit APTS application at any time. ASCOT will designate APTS trails biannually in January and July. If there are any questions/concerns with the process or the application forms contact Mickey Rogers 602-542-6942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part I - Every applicant must fill out both Part I and Part II to be considered for Arizona Premier Trail System designation.
Part I - Nomination Form - Trail Information
Part II - Choose the category for your trail. Be sure provide the same contact information in Part I as in Part II.
Part II Nomination Form - Historic/Cultural Trails
Part II Nomination Form - Interpretive Trails
Part II Nomination Form - Scenic Trails
Part II Nomination Form - Recreation Trails
Part II Nomination Form - Water/Riparian Trails
Part II Nomination Form - National Trials
Part II Nomination Form - Trail System
Have an idea for how to improve APTS? We'd love to hear your feedback.
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 orgainzations;
Hosts trail conferences, trainings and education events;
Serves as hub for statewide trail information;
Manages statewide trails and advisory committees (OHVAG and ASCOT);
Conducts statewide trail research, which guides the expenditure of trail grant funds.
Every five years, the agency prepares a statewide trails plan. The Final version is done and has been released. Learn More
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
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
The State Trails System promotes quality, non-motorized trails that are of special interest and significance to Arizona's residents and visitors. Learn More
State Trust Land is not Public Land. Trust land is different from public land such as parks or National Forests. Learn More
Website links for online resources including national organizations, state programs, and walking & bicycling partners. Learn More
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
Comments or questions please contact:
Arizona State Parks - Trails Program