Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

The Recreational Trails Program provides funds to states in order to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. These funds benefit a wide range of recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

Buckskin Mountain State Park Trail Project

Award Amount: $80,000

This project will fund the construction of a new non-motorized trail connecting Buckskin Mountain State Park with River Island State Park.  Work will include trail construction, installation of trail signage and kiosks and the development of maps. 

Colonel Devin Trail Administration

Award Amount: $80,000








This project will restore and upgrade the historic Colonel Devin Trail north of Washington Park Trailhead. Two foot bridges will be built to accommodate cyclists and equestrians. A short section of a severely eroded social trail will be closed and the route reclaimed, and a neglected section of the Highline Trail will be reopened and restored. Also, trail signage and interpretive kiosks will be developed and installed. 

CAP Trailhead

Award Amount: $11,160








Grant funding will be used by the Town of Marana to convert a 2 acre lot into a trailhead parking area on the northern side of Tangerine Road. The trailhead will be a graded and compacted and provide parking for 25 vehicles, and space for 6 horse trailers and trucks. The trailhead will include bike racks, a hitching post, refuse receptacles and signage. 

Prescott Circle Trail - White Rock Trailhead Development

Award Amount: $79,420








This project will fund the maintenance of approximately 7 miles of trails 318, 324, 392. It will also fund installation of a double panel kiosk and the development of an approximately 24,000 square foot trailhead at White Rock.  This trailhead will provide parking for use by vehicles, and up to 8 horse trailers. 

CFRA Trail Construction and Signage

Award Amount: $36,704








This project takes place within the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area (CFRA). Grant funds will be used to construct a barb wire enclosure around Gross Spring, develop interpretive panels showing the archeological, biological, and geological significance of the CFRA, and construct approximately 5 miles of new non-motorized trail within the CFRA. Maps depicting a trail users current GPS location and position will also be designed and installed.

McGrew Springs New Trail Construction

Award Amount: $78,348








This project includes construction of 1.73 miles of the new McGrew Springs trail as well as maintaining and renovating the trail. Project will also replace wooden stairs along the 2.5 mile connecting portion of the existing Foothills Loop trail at Kartchner Caverns State Park. 

Pintail Lakes Trail and Trailhead Parking Reconstruction

Award Amount: $78,257








This grant will fund the completion of 730 feet of the accessible trail beginning from the trailhead. The project will also restore the trailhead accessible parking with new concrete, signs, striping, and trash receptacle. It will also add shoulder material to protect the trail from erosion and washouts, and boulders to prevent motorized access in unauthorized areas. In addition, grant will fund interpretive signs, entrance map on the kiosk and educational panels along the trail. 

Maricopa Trail Maintenance and Stewardship Program

Award Amount: $76,890








Funding will support various trail maintenance and stewardship events hosted by the Maricopa Trail and Parks Foundation. Grant will help recruit and train volunteer Regional Stewards, Segment Stewards, Trail Volunteers, and Youth Corps who will keep the Maricopa Trail in sustainable condition, both now and in the future. The 2017-2019 project training program also includes two professional plant care and removal training Workshops, two professional wilderness first aid workshops, and three Maricopa Trail Segment Steward training workshops.

Bridle Trail Catalina State Park

Award Amount: $80,000








This project will fund the improvement and renovation of 1.4 miles of the Bridle Trail in Catalina State Park. Material haulers, compacting equipment, water truck, and a vibratory roller designed for trail work will be used to spread and compact the surface. Other work to be completed incudes clearing brush, pruning encroaching vegetation and further manicuring the trailhead.

Santa Catalina Ranger District Trail Maintenance

Award Amount: $79,887








Funds will be used to maintain trails in the Santa Catalina Ranger District. Work to be completed includes corridor expansion, brushing, logging and tread work in order to mitigate public health and safety concerns. These funds will also be used to provide training opportunities for volunteers as they work together with the conservation crews to accomplish these projects. 

Pine Loop Trail/ Trailhead Improvements

Award Amount: $31,232








This project includes the  completion of the Pine Loop Trail, a three mile loop from Pine Trailhead comprised of a section of the AZT/Highline Trail, the Pine Canyon Trail, and Pine View Trail. Contracted youth crews will complete a 1.12 mile reroute of Pine View Trail,  restore old tread, and to provide maintenance from the trailhead to the new trail section. New signage will be installed with updated enforcement information. Trailhead improvements include the establishment of an interpretive display, and installation of picnic tables. A comprehensive updated trail map will be provided for in an existing kiosk along with trail maps. 

Community Park Loop Trail

Award Amount: $78,248








Funding will be used to construct a 1.65 mile long non-motorized, multi-use trail with associated vehicle entry road and parking for passenger vehicles and tow vehicles with horse trailers. Trailhead support facilities will include a handicapped accessible toilet, shade ramada, trailhead kiosk, informational signage and horse hitching rails. Two interpretive points along the trail will incorporate four interpretive panels with information on the white limestone cliffs, the riparian corridor, local geographic features and significance as well as early settlement patterns visible from the park.  

Skyline Regional Park Trails and Signage

Award Amount: $80,000








The City of Buckeye will use grant funds to install a 2/3 mile accessible trail in Skyline Regional Park, install interpretive panels along the accessible trail, construct a trail to connect with the Sienna Hills community, and update park kiosk maps. 

Fort Tuthill Bike Park

Award Amount: $78,695








Project will fund the continued construction of a fully-featured mountain bike skills park at the Fort Tuthill County Park located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Funding will additionally be used some for maintenance of existing trails at the park, construction of new signage, and the creation of a brochure outlining the trails and features at the facility.

Yuma West Wetlands Upper Bench

Award Amount: $79,990








Grant funds will be used by the City of Yuma to complete the creation of non-motorized trails.  Grant will pay for renovating and maintaining trails, mitigating and restoring new and existing trails, curb stops, new trail access, and the creation of maps. 

Bear Wallow Wilderness Trails Maintenance

Award Amount: $50,215








Work to restore and maintain trails within the Bear Wallow Wilderness. Work includes installation and repair of drainage structures, restoration of the trail through severely damaged areas, remarking by use of cairns and trail signs, removal of fallen trees and clearing of flood-deposited debris. Mitigation and restoration will also occur on a section that experienced extreme damage from post-Wallow Fire flooding. Wilderness signs as well as damaged trail signs will be installed.  Additionally, an interpretive panel on fire education relating to the Wallow Fire will be installed at each trailhead. Maps will also be developed. 

Flagstaff Trails for Youth

Award Amount: 9,950


Grant funds will be used to further develop curriculum specific to safe, responsible usage of Flagstaff’s recreational trails. Lead teacher training, student expeditions, and school-based programs. Coordinate partnership efforts to connect community agencies with schools and youth. Make final curriculum available to local teachers and agencies. Incorporate new curriculum into Willow Bend’s future programs. 

Take a Hike, Do It Right! Wilderness First Aid Certification

Award Amount: $9,968








City of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Supplemental advertisement campaign with key components of the Take a Hike, Do it Right! movement advertised at City of Phoenix Convention Center and Venues. In addition, the City of Phoenix would like to provide Wilderness First Aid/CPR courses for the City of Phoenix Park Rangers. 

Trail Skills Institute- Arizona Trail Association

Award Amont: $9,420








Funds will be used to construct and maintain trails and provide training workshops, developed and presented by ACE professionals. The workshops emphasize the unique techniques used while working within arid landscapes to maximize trail sustainability and reduce impact. Emphasis upon safety and leadership is integrated into each session. 

Updated New Third Edition of Horse Trails in Arizona

Award Amount: $9,750

This project includes updating, editing, and adding new equestrian trails information to the equestrian trails guidebook titled “Horse Trails in Arizona”. Guide will be made available in both printed and e-book formats. This project will accomplish the publication of a 3rd edition guidebook with comprehensive equestrian and other trail users’ safety and educational information for more than 100 statewide public trails and trailheads that include all counties in the state of Arizona.

Trail Usage and Brochure Education Project

Award Amount: $9,982

Arizona Horse Council will use funds to produce four (4) training programs and environmental training materials that will educate equestrians and other motorized and non-motorized trail users on specific safety guidelines related to equestrians. The funds will provide for the writing, photography, graphics, and production of a series of “best practices” informational printed and e-brochures, videos, exhibit booth educational materials. 

KFO Emergency Stabilization and Kiosk Replacement

Award Amount: $63,095








Funding will be used by BLM to maintain approximately 30 miles of existing routes in Hualapai, Cerbat, Music and Black Mountains. Project will also fund the replacement of kiosks, and establishment of trailhead facilities in the Black Mountains. 

Greater Sedona OHV Coordination Project

Award Amount: $203,336








Grant funds will be used to address issues related to visitor safety, information, and education in areas surrounding Sedona. 

Desert Vista / St. Clair OHV Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

Award Amount: $321,925








The purpose of this grant is to rehabilitate and install pipe rail and wire fencing around site of proposed staging area. Project will also begin development of staging areas, and hire two seasonal employees to patrol the area. 

Mesa Ranger District OHV Rehabilitation and Improvement Project - Phase II

Award Amount: $267,679








This project will continue maintenance, rehabilitation and improvements to OHV routes in Mesa Ranger District. Impacted land will be rehabilitated, and replanted. Signage, and pipe rail will also be installed. 

Forest-wide Maintenance and Renovation Trail Project

Award Amount: $151,302








Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is requesting funds for mitigating and restoring damage at Lewis William Campground and Williams Valley Recreation Area.  There would be maintenance and restoration of the Timberline and Saffel Canyon motorized trails.  Their project will develop support facilities and make improvements at several trailheads used for motorized recreation including Williams Valley, Sunrise and Railroad Grade.

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument TMP Implementation 

Award Amount: $42,531

Funding for this project will pay for the purchase and installation of trail signs, and support the BLM in its effort to create and distribute maps for the area. 

Mogollon Rim National Scenic Trail Project

Award Amount: $78,025








This project will reroute and relocate approximately 18 miles of the alignment of the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZNST) and to make improvements to existing trail from the Hay Meadows trailhead (TH) to the Gooseberry Springs TH.

Horseshoe Bend Enhancements

Award Amount- $38,514

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in partnership with The City of Page, Arizona are currently developing the Horseshoe Bend area into a world class environmental tourist destination. The funds from this grant will be directly used to assist in the construction of the trail and providing trail signage and interpretive media within the National Park Service boundary.

TORCA Back Country Trail Project

Award Amount- $53,942

It will fund two 6 man UTV's to help access 24 miles of Back Country Trails accessed by rugged OHV roads. The grant will help provide eduactional materials on Trail etiquette as well as help develop a campaign to engage the mountain Bike community to donate at least "One day" per year to trail work and advocacy.

Trail Re-routes on Pink Hill Trail

Award Amount- $79,964

The Pink Hill Trail in Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District is badly rutted in sections due to erosion, poorly layed out trail, and hiker/stock traffic. This trail rutting has become a safety hazard for visitors in particular stock users have reported animals falling over in these rutted sections. When this work is complete the Pink Hill Trail will be a safer and more enjoyable trail for all vistiors that use this very popular trail in Saguaro National Park.

Glassford Hill Trail Connector

Award Amount- $80,000

This project will complete a trail going from Prescott to Prescott Valley attaching Glassford Hill Trail to the Iron King Trail. The funding would be used for labor to complete approximately 3.5 miles of this trail.

Tucson Mountain Park Trail Expansion and Maintenance

Award Amount- $79,707

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB) will collaborate with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, & Recreation (NRPR) on development of 7 miles of sustainable multi-use singletrack, maintenance of 20 miles of existing trail, and closure and rehabilitation of more than 4.5 miles of  social trails and dirt road in Tucson Mountain Park.

New River Kiwanis Community Park Upgrade

Award Amount- $75,830

Grant funds will be used to develop and improve trailheads within the park. Funds will also be used to provide ADA accessibility to the park, as well as installing an accessible vault toilet. Funds will also be used to create and install interpretive signage. 

Horseshoe Bend Trail Enhancements

Award Amount- $80,000

This project will construct a fully compliant Americans with Disability Act trail, will provide viewing areas, interpretive waysides and needed shade structures in the heat of the summer.

2019 BLM Ambassador

Award Amount- $95,000

Grant funds will go toward funding the Arizona OHV Ambassador Program, olunteer program that provides a means for private citizens to work with a variety of federal, state, and local land managers and public safety officials in Arizona to promote responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation on public, state, and private lands.

Natural Restorations OHV Areas Restoration Project

Award Amount- $275,330

Grant funds will be used to remove trash and graffiti from OHV areas across the state. Funding will go toward completing 20 restoration projects and hosting 5 volunteer events to provide close to home opportunities for youth, the OHV community, non-OHV community members, & State Parks employees.

Kartchner Caverns Lighting Project 

Award Amount- $224,390

Funds would be used to update cave lighting at Kartchner Caverns State Park. 

Kerkas Street Trailhead

Award Amount- $100,000

The Kerkes Street Trailhead will feature an access point and trail to the Hassayampa River . The parking area which has already been graded features enough space for twenty trucks or trailers. Trailhead will provide the first and only legal connection through the Hassayampa Riverbed to the current trails system

Bouse State Park Camping / Staging Area

Award Amount- $750,000

The project would be for acquisition of up to 40 acres and develop this property with a campground and staging area. It would include electricity and water for the campsites, restroom/shower building, and a staging area.

Hippie Hole Off-Highway Vehicle Staging Area / Park Infrastructure Improvements

Award Amount- $138,557

This request would help aid in the electrical improvements (infrastructure) to the Hippie Hole Off Highway Vehicle staging area/park. This would allow for a camp host along with additional electric hook ups for overnight camping. 

OHV Safety Education Training Development

Award Amount- $30,000

Grant funding will be earmarked for a side-by-side (UTV) to facilitate the hands-on training and to assist with the OHV ambassadors “Show Me Rides”

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