Recreational Trails Program

Grant Dollars In Action! 

The list of current and recently completed grant projects found below highlights various successes across Arizona. The grants team at Arizona State Parks and trails works closely with non-profit and government agencies to ensure Arizona’s trail recreation opportunities remain safe, varied, and clean! Arizona projects built with Arizona grant dollars...It's that easy! 

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.

Fiscal Year 2019

Arizona State Parks & Trails - Granite Mountain Hotshots MSP Intern/Trail Maint. Project - ADOT

Award Amount- $132,636

Grant would maintain 3.5-miles of trails at Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. Funds will also be used to hire an intern who would work as a part-time park ranger along with some hand tools for the continued use of the trail. 

Coconino County - Fort Tuthill Trail System

Award Amount- $76,740

Grant would maintain 3.5-miles of trails at Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. Funds will also be used to hire an intern who would work as a part-time park ranger along with some hand tools for the continued use of the trail. 

Arizona State Parks & Trails - Tonto Natural Bridge Wooded ADA Trail Project

Award Amount- $72,390

This trail project connects existing ADA paths & areas of the park in order to provide a complete and continuous circuit for visitors. Approximately 350' of the trail from the path to viewpoint #2 will be brought up to ADA standards.  Also, approximately 450' of dilapidated trail through the orchard area will be brought ADA compliant. New wooded trail, about 900', will extend from this section completing the loop.

Ability360 - Promoting Arizona's Accessible Trails Project

Award Amount- $35,817

This project has two different components but one goal: increase outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. This grant will fund a project to identify accessible hiking trails and then develop a website to hold info collected. Funds will also be used to purchase five (5) accessible mats to be installed at select locations.

Climbing Association of Arizona - Santa Catalina Trail Maintenance and Restoration

Award Amount- $35,817

Funds will be used to help CASA provide maintenance and restoration on heavily used Santa Catalina Ranger District Forest Service trails that are used by rock climbers, hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.

Colorado River Area Trail Alliance (CRATA) - Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area Trail Maintenance

Award Amount- $30,000

Grant funds would be used to maintain existing trails such as clearing pathways, drainage, tread maintenance within the existing footprint on the current multi-use non-motorized trail within the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area. 

Arizona State Parks & Trails - 2018 National Equestrian Conference

Award Amount- $5,894

Funds will be used to support the National Equestrian Trails Conference (NETC), which is scheduled to take place in Scottsdale on November 2-4, 2018. The focus of the conference is to engage all user groups -OHV users, hikers, equestrians to address trail congestion, user conflicts, and trail damage.

Coconino County - Rogers Lake Interpretive Trails Conference

Award Amount- $9,040

Coconino County Parks & Recreation (CCPR) will use Safety & Environmental Education (SEE) RTP grant funds to fabricate ten (10), 30”h x 40”w interpretive education (IE) signs for RLCNA, purchase sign frame materials (steel), work with a graphic designer to update the trail map, and fabricate trailhead maps.

Friends of the Tubac Presidio Park and Museum - Friends of the Tubac Presidio Safety and Environmental Education Project

Award Amount- $9,353

Funds will be used to purchase and install three signs on existing fencing to make hikers, birders, scouting groups, and participants in our archaeology tours aware of Spanish Colonial adobe ruins that are fenced off along the trail.

Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition - Red Rock Bike Patrol

Award Amount- $10,000

The RRBP is a 25-person all-volunteer patrol authorized by the RRRD through a Volunteer Service Agreement with the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition. Funding will be used to equip the RRBP volunteers.

Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona - Azna Trail Signage and Informational Brochures

Award Amount- $2,745

The Anza Trail Coalition (ATCA) plans to utilize the grant funds in addition to matching funds to procure and install nine 18"x24" "You Are Here" signs along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in Santa Cruz County. The installation locations are primarily on existing posts or structures at existing trailheads or trail intersections where additional guidance for trail users is needed.


Wickenburg Conservation Foundation - Leave No Trace Awareness Training

Award Amount- $1,936

Funds will be used to purchase reusable program supplies for Leave No Trace awareness training and outdoor education programming for K-12 students and adults.

City of Prescott - 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.

Kiwanis Club of New River - 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. 

National Park Service, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - 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.

Arizona State Parks and Trails - Kartchner Caverns Lighting Project 

Award Amount- $224,390

Kartchner Caverns lighting project.

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

BLM- 2019 BLM Ambassador

Award Amount- $95,000

Grant funds will go toward funding the Arizona OHV Ambassador Program, a volunteer 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.

Fiscal Year 2018

Flag Velo, Inc., Dba Flagstaff Biking Organization - Fort Tuthill Bike Park

Award Amount: $78,695

Arizona Grant Programs

The 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.

City of Wilcox- Keiller Park Trail Project

Award Amount- $49,858

Funds will be used to renovate and upgrade an existing trail at Keiler Park in the City of Willcox. Crews will demolish and remove existing paved surface install new aggregate base. Grant will also provide funds for minor landscaping work, and repair irrigation systems.

Coconino National Forest, Mogollon Rim Ranger District - Mogollon Rim National Scenic Trail Project

Award Amount: $78,025

Arizona Grant Programs

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

Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists - TORCA Back Country Trail Project

Award Amount- $53,942

The grant 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 educational 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.

City of Yuma- Yuma West Wetlands Upper Bench

Award Amount: $79,990

Arizona Grant Programs

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. 

Maricopa County Parks & Recreation - Goat Camp Trail Rehabilitation

Award Amount- $80,000

Funds will be used to repair and maintain sections of Goat Camp trail, located in White Tank Mountain Regional Park. The project includes the installation of new and replacement trail markers and the installation of trail safety signage. Trail markers that provide Information on direction and distance will be the main focus with additional signage for trail difficulty and safety signage provided at the completion of the project.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Alpine Ranger District - Bear Wallow Wilderness Trails Maintenance

Award Amount: $50,215

Arizona Grant Programs

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. 

National Park Service, Saguaro National Park- 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, the poorly laid 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 visitors that use this very popular trail in Saguaro National Park.

National Park Service, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - Horseshoe Bend Enhancements

Award Amount- $38,514

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in partnership with The City of Page, Arizona is 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.

BLM - 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. 

Fiscal Year 2016

Arizona State Parks and Trails - Ocotillo New Trail Construction

Award Amount: $78,348

Arizona Government Grants

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

Arizona State Parks and Trails - 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. 

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest - Pintail Lakes Trail and Trailhead Parking Reconstruction

Award Amount: $78,257

Arizona Government Grants

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, the grant will fund interpretive signs, entrance map on the kiosk and educational panels along the trail. 

Maricopa Trail and Parks Foundation- 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. 

Coronado National Forest- Santa Catalina Ranger District Trail Maintenance

Award Amount: $79,887

Arizona Government Grants

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. 

Arizona State Parks and Trails- Bridle Trail at Catalina State Park

Award Amount: $80,000

Arizona Government Grants

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 includes clearing brush, pruning encroaching vegetation and further manicuring the trailhead.

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc.- Pine Loop Trail/ Trailhead Improvements

Award Amount: $31,232

Arizona Government Grants

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 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 in an existing kiosk.

Arizona Trail Association- Colonel Devin Trail Administration

Award Amount: $80,000

Arizona Government Grants

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. 

Town of Marana- CAP Trailhead

Award Amount: $11,160

Arizona Grants

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 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. 

City of Buckeye- Skyline Regional Park Trails and Signage

Award Amount: $80,000

Arizona Grant Programs

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. 

BLM- CFRA Trail Construction and Signage

Award Amount: $36,704

Arizona Government Grants

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.

Town of Camp Verde- Community Park Loop Trail

Award Amount: $78,248

Arizona Grant Programs

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.  

Prescott National Forest- Prescott Circle Trail, White Rock Trailhead Development

Award Amount: $79,420

Arizona Government Grants

This project will fund the maintenance of approximately 7 miles of trails 318, 324, and 392. It will also fund the 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. 

Fiscal Year 2015

SEE Projects

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center- Flagstaff Trails for Youth (SEE) 

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 the final curriculum available to local teachers and agencies. Incorporate new curriculum into Willow Bend’s future programs. 

City of Phoenix- Take a Hike, Do It Right! Wilderness First Aid Certification (SEE)

Award Amount: $9,968

Arizona Grant Programs

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. 

Arizona Trail Association- Trail Skills Institute (SEE)

Award Amont: $9,420

Arizona Grant Programs

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 on safety and leadership is integrated into each session. 

Arizona Horse Lover's Foundation- Updated New Third Edition of Horse Trails in Arizona (SEE)

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.” The 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.

Arizona Horse Council- Trail Usage and Brochure Education Project (SEE)

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. 

Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District- Mesa Ranger District OHV Rehabilitation and Improvement Project - Phase II

Award Amount: $267,679

Arizona Grant Programs

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. 

Town of Oro Valley - Honey Bee Canyon Park Trail Rehabilitation Project

Award Amount- $30,000

The Honey Bee Canyon Park Trail Rehabilitation Project will include routine trail maintenance on the existing 2.03 miles of trails within the 62-acre natural passive park within the Rancho Vistoso master-planned community. The Honey Bee Canyon Park trail system connects to other Oro Valley and Pima County trails.  

Arizona State Parks and Trails - Picacho Peak Trail Maintenance Project

Award Amount- $30,000

This project is the first in many phases that will eventually upgrade the trail system to make this safer and more sustainable. Work will include sign replacement, materials for surfacing, grading tread, box steps, replacing water bars, creating grade dips, ditching, brush removal and kiosks.

Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District- Canyon Trail Maintenance Project

Award Amount- $30,000

The primary goal for the youth corps selected would be to maintain the Hamburg trail #122 from the Wilderness Boundary to the junction with the Crest trail/AZT.  Along the way, they would be replacing 6 signs at three trail junction areas. After maintaining the Hamburg trail, they move to the Crest, picking up where AWC left off.  Then Pat Scott Canyon, back down to Brown canyon and if any time permits, Comfort Spring trail.  

Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District- Mesa Ranger District Trail Maintenance

Award Amount- $30,000

This project will rehabilitate and improve approximately 15.5 miles of trail in the Superstition Wilderness. 

Arizona State Parks and Trails- Cattail Cove State Park ADA Trail Maintenance Project

Award Amount- $30,000

This project proposes to build 715 feet of 4-foot wide accessible trail, which will provide access from the day use parking area to a proposed kayak launch area, beach and eventually an ADA fishing platform on the Colorado River. The current trail has been washed out over the years and is no longer accessible.  It will give accessible people access to the beach area and the bank of the river to fish and enjoy the scenery.

Town of Florence- Poston Butte Summit Trail Maintenance

Award Amount- $10,624

The Town of Florence project proposal is for maintenance of the trail leading to the summit of Poston Butte. The trail leads visitors 0.5 miles to the summit of Poston Butte, the site of the pyramidal tomb of Charles Poston, the primary activist in the creation of the territory of Arizona.

Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District-Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Trails Maintenance- Chino Ranger District

Award Amount- $30,000

This project includes maintenance of two trails totaling 6.26 miles in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Lonesome Pocket Trail #61 and Henderson Trail #53 both require brushing, clearing of the pathway, and vegetation management.

Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District- Cedar Bench Wilderness Trails Maintenance- Verde District

Award Amount- $30,000

This project includes the maintenance of two trails totaling 10 miles all within the Cedar Bench Wilderness Area.  Chasm Creek Trail #164 and Squaw Peak Trail #518 both require brushing, clearing of the pathway, and vegetation management. 


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