Fort Tuthill Trail System Update (April 2021)
- CCPR received a federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant administered by the Arizona State Parks Board for trail construction, trail maintenance and to make sustainable improvements to the Fort Tuthill trail system.
- The 5-mile, multi-use Soldiers Trail, completed in 2000, had not undergone thorough maintenance since that time, and this grant helped address trail sustainability and watershed protection.
- In August 2020, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Flagline Trails for the project.
- Flagline Trails completed trail reroutes and maintenance in November 2020 and helped make the trail more sustainable and enjoyable for years to come.
- Staff is working on an updated trail map to show the new trail alignment and new Bridge Trail additions.
Trails Rules & Regulations
All Coconino County Parks & Recreation trails are non-motorized and multi-use, or open to hikers, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians. Use of trails when muddy is discouraged, as it can damage the trail and make it hazardous for others to use. Please note that these trails are occasionally used for events and closed temporarily to the public.
Look for posted notices of trail closures and warning signs. Call (928) 679-8000 for the latest information.
Trails in Coconino County Parks & Recreation
Fort Tuthill County Park offers a network of nearly seven miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails. View trail maps (overview of park or multi-color with trail description) and check out the descriptions below:
- Soldiers Trail - The Soldiers Trail loops around the perimeter of the park, approximately 5.1 miles. This is an easy trail, with several challenging hills. The trail was named Soldiers Trail in honor of those who trained at the Fort when it was a National Guard Training facility prior to World War II. To reach the trail from the trailhead, go north on the Flagstaff Urban Trail for a half-mile to the trail junction.
- Bridge Trail - The Bridge Trail is approximately one-mile in length and connects to Soldiers Trail in the southwest portion of the park. This is a nature trail with two rock benches for enjoying the views. It is a much more challenging trail for mountain bicyclists, and is not recommended for equestrians. To reach the trail, look for the trail junctions from the north and south legs of the Soldiers Trail.
- Highlands Trail - This trail joins up with the Soldiers Trail on the south side of the park and is 3.8 miles long, with a small loop prior to reaching Hwy 89A before crossing Hwy 89A. It ranges from easy in the segment from Fort Tuthill to Highway 89A, and then moderate to challenging in the segment to the Kachina Wetlands. Much of the trail covers the top of a mesa with some great views of the forest below. The trail travels through ponderosa pine forest and traverses a few canyons where there is an opportunity to view a variety of wildlife. Two hundred volunteers built the trail in June 2008 as part of National Trails Day, and the American Conservation Experience donated a crew to complete the trail - thank you all! Highlands Trail is a cooperative project with Coconino National Forest. It was was conceived by District 3 Supervisor Matt Ryan and seeded with a donation of cash and trail easement from Forest Highlands. The County provided planning, construction and maintenance.
- There is a short trail (approximately one mile in length) around the perimeter of the park in Tuba City.
- There is a short trail (approximately one mile in length) around the perimeter of the park in Doney Park; one for equestrians and one for hikers.
- Pumphouse Nature Trail - Visitors may encounter western and mountain bluebirds, blue grosbeak, broad-tailed hummingbird, belted kingfisher, flycatchers, phoebes, five different species of swallows and the occasional Lewis's woodpecker along this easy, ¾-mile round-trip trail with wildlife viewing blinds, stone bench work and four educational displays.
- There is an additional trailhead at Harrenburg Wash, which leads to the surrounding U.S. National Forest lands. The trailhead is located off of Ancient Trail (a major road in Kachina Village) just next to the Kachina Village Utility building.
- There are no trails that go across Pumphouse Meadow.
Please note: The road leading to Rogers Lake County Natural Area is closed seasonally by the U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest. Please check their website for current road status.
View the trail map:
- Gold Digger Trail - 4-mile, single-track loop along east side of Woody Mountain Road; at the halfway point along the trail, users will encounter a shade ramada with rainwater collection feature for birds. This trail is in the process of being signed. Read the July 2015 story in the Arizona Republic!
- 2-Spot Trail - 2-mile loop. This trail is in the process of being completed and signed. Users will also be able to experience wildlife viewing on a new watchable wildlife platform. Read the July 2015 story in the Arizona Republic!
You can also take the Rogers Trail, which connects Fort Tuthill County Park and Rogers Lake County Natural Area. This 5.4 mile trail is accessed from the Flagstaff Loop Trail via the Soldiers Trail. Download the Rogers Trail Map.
Sawmill Multicultural Art & Nature Park:
- There is a short connector trail from the park to the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS).
Arizona Trail - Passage 35
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, the Arizona Trail Association held a dedication for the Babbitt Ranch Segment, Passage 35. The small, private event was not open to the public due to COVID-19. Coconino County Board of Supervisor Art Babbott (District 1) and Coconino County Parks and Recreation staff attended the event.
The goal was to replace 13 miles of dirt roads on the 24.5-mile Passage 35 with single track, greatly improving the Arizona Trail user experience between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon. This conceptual trail alignment has been in the works for 17 years, and after approval from Babbitt Ranches in 2018 and dedicated funding from Coconino County District 1, ATA began work on the segment.
Coconino County helped with the construction and land use for this portion of the Arizona Trail under an agreement with Babbitt Ranches and Arizona Trail Association, and provides land, funds, technical expertise, and other resources like staff time and equipment to support trail construction.
Check out the Arizona Trail Association webpage at AZTrail.org for trail segment descriptions and maps.
Additional Trails in Coconino County
- Two portions of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) are in Fort Tuthill County Park. The Sinclair Wash Trail links Fort Tuthill to the City of Flagstaff and is approximately five miles to downtown Flagstaff from the park. Traveling north, the trail passes Mountain Dell, University Heights, and Northern Arizona University. The second trail, the Sheep Crossing Trail, links Fort Tuthill County Park to Ponderosa Trails neighborhood using an existing tunnel - once used for herds of sheep - to convey users under Interstate 17.
- The Flagstaff Loop Trail is a proposed multi-use, non-motorized 42-mile trail that will include many existing trails, including portions of the Arizona Trail, some social trails, and some two-track road converted to trail. As of 2014, 35 of those miles have been constructed. There is a link to the Flagstaff Loop Trail from Fort Tuthill County Park.
- Coconino National Forest - The Coconino National Forest extends from the Mogollon Rim's Blue Ridge area, west to Sedona and Sycamore Canyon, and north past the San Francisco Peaks.
- Kaibab National Forest - The Kaibab National Forest includes Williams, Sycamore Canyon, Kendrick Mountain, south of the Grand Canyon, and the Kaibab Plateau north of the Grand Canyon.
- Grand Canyon National Park - The Grand Canyon is an international attraction to hikers world-wide. Expect more difficult trails that range in elevation from 1500' at the Colorado River to 9000 feet on the North Rim.
- Arizona Trail - At 800 miles long, this border-to-border trail crosses the state from Mexico to Utah. The trail is non-motorized, and open to hikers, backpackers, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians.
- Sun Corridor Trail - The Sun Corridor Trail is a long-distance trail linking significant urban, suburban, and rural trail systems beginning at the southern border of Arizona and finishing in Las Vegas, Nevada. The six trail segments consist of approximately 1,500 total miles of existing multi-use and proposed trail connections. Coconino County Parks & Recreation is a partner and has been involved in the planning process. Trail users can explore the new website, which includes information about the trail segments, maps, and areas of interest.
- "Trails are a a valuable asset to any community. Trails increase property values, encourage healthier lifestyles and provide a way for people to become engaged in the natural world." -Economic Values of Greenway, Trails and River Protection (1995), American Trails.org
- "A trail... that is accessible to so many people, is in may ways one of the best amenities that a community can have." -Anthony Quintile, board member of Flagstaff Biking Organization