Sustainable Reroutes (Sept. 10, 2020)
- Flagline Trails, the contractor working on reroutes and maintenance for Soldiers and Bridge Trails, is making a lot of progress at the park.
- This week they finished the biggest of the reroutes, taking the trail out of the drainage at the bottom of the campground and making it more sustainable. Next, they will work on rehabbing the old trail, and staff will be putting up signage to alert trail users of the new route.
- After this week, this leaves one more reroute to implement, then they work on maintenance on the rest of the trail, with a projected timeline of about 4 weeks.
- Below is a photo of a new trail reroute that involved a massive amount of rock work to stabilize the trail.
Fort Tuthill Trail System Upgrades Begin (Aug. 21, 2020)
- CCPR received a federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the Arizona State Parks Board to conduct maintenance and make sustainable improvements to the Fort Tuthill trail system.
- The 5-mile, multi-use Soldiers Trail, completed in 2000, has not undergone thorough maintenance since that time, and this grant helps address trail sustainability and watershed protection.
- In early August, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Flagline Trails for the project.
- Flagline Trails started work immediately and are making progress quickly. CCPR staff committed in-kind work and are helping with machine work to rough in new trail.
- Trail reroutes as part of this project are permanent changes to the trail, designed to make the trail more sustainable, correct ongoing erosion problems, and decrease future maintenance.
- No trail closures are taking place on the Soldiers and Bridge Trail currently. Instead, work is being done on new trail separately. When the new trail gets closer to the current trail, Flagline Trails will connect the two, open the new alignment, and begin work on rehabbing the former, unsustainable portions of the trail.
- "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
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.
Other County Trails
A portion of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) links Fort Tuthill to the City of Flagstaff; this portion is the Sinclair Wash Trail. It is approximately five miles to downtown Flagstaff from the park. Traveling north, the trail passes Mountain Dell, University Heights, and Northern Arizona University.
For information about other trails within Coconino County, please contact:
- 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.
- City of Flagstaff - The Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) extends throughout the City of Flagstaff. The trails are improved surface trails suitable for hikers, runners, and cyclists.
- 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.