Fort Tuthill Trail System Update (April 2022)
- The park trail map is now on Avenza! Avenza Maps is an offline map reader for mobile devices where users can download and open maps, pan, zoom, use GPS to locate themselves on the map, drop placemarks, record GPS tracks, and measure area and distance. The map is free for users. Download the map at https://link.avenza.com/xELG
- Parks & Recreation Operations & Maintenance Staff have been updating the trail signage on the Fort Tuthill Trail System in early April. The new metal sign posts with directional arrows will help trail users navigate their way around the park. How many signs need to be installed? If you guessed 207, you are correct!
- 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 grant was completed in Sept. 2021.
- As part of the grant, we completely redesigned the Fort Tuthill Trail System Map. Thanks to That's Smart! Designs for the work.
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 a trail map and check out the descriptions below:
- Soldiers Trail - Named to honor the Arizona National Guard Troops who trained at Fort Tuthill, this year-round multi-use trail accommodates running, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding in the summer season and cross-country skiing in the winter. The 5.2-mile loop ranges from easy to moderate conditions as it circumnavigates the perimeter of Fort Tuthill County Park with connections to the Flagstaff Loop and Flagstaff Urban Trail systems.
- Bridge Trail - Connecting the northern and southern segments of the Soldiers Trail, the Bridge Trail, at approximately 1.5-mile in length, is designed to offer a more challenging hike or mountain bike experience, and is not designed for equestrian use. On the northern segment of the Bridge Trail, trail users will encounter short segments of technical trail features that are more difficult; bypasses are available.
- MAJ Drop Trail - MAJ Drop Trail is a one-way mountain bike flow trail that connects Bridge and Soldiers Trails, and provides users with a technical drop.
- SGT Swoop Trail - SGT Swoop Trail is a one-way mountain bike flow trail that connects Bridge and Soldiers Trails, and provides users with a fast, swoopy descent.
- Highlands Trail - This 3.8-mile trail offers an easy to moderate route between Fort Tuthill County Park and Kachina Village. The trail experience ranges from easy in the segment from Fort Tuthill to Hwy 89A and then moderate to challenging in the segment to the Kachina Wetlands.
- 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 segments of the 56-mile Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) Trail enters Fort Tuthill County Park, one from the north (Sinclair Wash Trail) and one from the east (Sheep Crossing Trail). The two segments offer connectivity to the regional trail system around Flagstaff. The Flagstaff Urban Trail System is a city-wide network of non-motorized, shared-use pathways that are used by bicyclists, walkers, hikers, runners, and other users for both recreation and transportation; equestrian use is not allowed.
- 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. The southern extension of this 42-mile, multi-use, regional loop trail surrounding Flagstaff can be accessed from the northwest portion of the Soldiers Trail. The FLT is a non-motorized, multi-use trail.
- 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