With about 550 hiking trails being available in the state how do hikers in Arizona find the perfect hike for them? Perhaps you need a hike that will be great for an afternoon of light hiking activity, or maybe you need a challenging hiking experience that will take more than a day to complete. A new state resource has been developed by the Arizona State Parks department – the Arizona State Trails website. The website that is so intuitive it won the 2008 American Trails Website Contest.
The new trails site allows the public to learn about the 550 Trails in the Arizona Trails System, as well as the most recognized, the 800-mile Arizona Trail. Visitors can also get information on historic Arizona trails, such as the Butterfield Trail or the Crook Trail. This website is a partnership between the Federal and State land agencies to make Arizona’s recreational resources more accessible.
The site highlights hiking, biking and equestrian trails that are also featured in the Arizona State Trails Guides. The Share the Trail page educates trail users about trail etiquette to make hiking, biking and horseback riding safer for everyone. Share the Trail is a great new resource for beginner trail users and a nice refresher for experienced users. On the Share the Trail page, visitors can download a topographic map of the Lime Kiln Trail, a 15-mile trail that connects Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood) with Red Rock State Park (Sedona). That trail follows the alignment of the old Lime Kiln wagon trail.”
In addition to the many hiking trails featured on the site, visitors can explore the many recreational opportunities such as the off-highway trails and the 27 State Parks. They can also listen to a podcast, print out a park map, or plan to participate in the Junior Ranger activities in the parks.
For more information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the Arizona Park website.