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A Coalition of Non-motorized Trail Users

Creating Trails & Save Outdoor Spaces

As an organization we are concerned not only with building and maintaining sustainable trails, we are partners in creating safe outdoor spaces for our citizens and visitors to enjoy.  As the municipalities grow, so does the traffic on our trail systems. YTA has a goal of increasing community awareness of trail etiquette, trail safety, user education, and continuing our practice of maintaining our trails at a sustainable standard.

You
Donate

As a very small entity with limited resources (but hard working volunteers) we need financial help in reaching these goals. So much of what needs to be done, requires marketing, publicity, and publications.

We Write
Grants

Our goal is to turn every dollar you donate into more funds by researching and writing grants for projects to continue the endless work to maintain and improve our trail systems.

Support
Trails

For example, in 2018, we received a grant for $12,824 for connectivity improvements to the Peavine Trail from Prescott to Chino Valley and $6,000 to provide a kiosk in the Dexter Neighborhood Community Garden.

Our major donors & supporters

We would like to thank these individuals and organizations for sharing our vision of protecting and preserving trails in our area.

Jill Anderson

David Fero

Dave Fizzell

Susie Hehlen

Ann Hendrickson and William Otto

Susan Lucas

Joyce Mackin

Jan Mallon

Jim Pessin

Bryon and Sally Prinzmetal

Nigel Reynolds

George Sheats

Bill Stafford

Proud Founders of

Prescott Circle Trail

The Prescott Circle Trail is a network of our best non-motorized trails that combine to make a 54 mile loop around Prescott. The PCT is jointly managed by the City of Prescott (25 miles) and Prescott National Forest (29 miles). The trail comes as close as three miles to downtown Prescott and is easily accessible with 15 trailheads along its length. A lap of the PCT has about 6000 feet of elevation gain and can be enjoyed as an adventurous one or two day trip or a multi-day trip over a period of days, weeks or months. Three of Prescott’s four seasons – spring, summer, and fall – offer superb conditions on the PCT.

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Installing a trail counter in Williamson Valley. Part of our renovation of the Almosta Trail System that will start in the Fall. (Tracking usage numbers aides us in our grant applications)

Installing a trail counter in Williamson Valley. Part of our renovation of the Almosta Trail System that will start in the Fall. (Tracking usage numbers aides us in our grant applications) ... See MoreSee Less

Sign up for the work days on the renovation of Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 on Spruce Mountain! All hikers, bikers, and equestrians are welcome to come out for these joint work days. We are blitzing the mountain with crew work to get this beloved trail in great shape. Join the fun, pick one, or more dates!

Sign up for the work days on the renovation of Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 on Spruce Mountain! All hikers, bikers, and equestrians are welcome to come out for these joint work days. We are "blitzing" the mountain with crew work to get this beloved trail in great shape. Join the fun, pick one, or more dates! ... See MoreSee Less

This is a perfect chance to learn about how each of the candidates will manage the future of OUR outdoor recreation here in Prescott.
Please forward this post to any and all you think will be interested!

This is a perfect chance to learn about how each of the candidates will manage the future of OUR outdoor recreation here in Prescott.
Please forward this post to any and all you think will be interested!
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I’ll be there, but full disclosure I’ve already voted.

Beautiful, heartfelt memorial Celebration of Life gathering for George Sheats today at Solstice Petroglyph Point.

Beautiful, heartfelt memorial Celebration of Life gathering for George Sheats today at Solstice Petroglyph Point. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Summer 2021 Trail Tracks Newsletter is on our website at the below link  ICYMI!
https://www.yavapai-trails.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Newsletter-YTA-Summer-2021229104.pdf

Our Summer 2021 Trail Tracks Newsletter is on our website at the below link ICYMI!
www.yavapai-trails.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Newsletter-YTA-Summer-2021229104.pdf
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George Sheats was an honored founder and former President of YTA.

George Sheats was an honored founder and former President of YTA.The George Smith Sheats honoring and memorial service Celebration of Life will be Saturday, June 5 at 10 am. It is not a picnic or party, but we anticipate symbolic "cookies." It was a tradition among the Over the Hill Gang to take a break mid-morning to have a cookie or two, and members brought their own water/liquids.

Rod, assisted by Gary W. and Chris, will set up his speaker system so that those who desire can say a few words to honor George.

PLEASE CARPOOL! There is very limited parking.

Location note (please check the following yourself):
Solstice Mesa Petroglyphs are in the Prescott Lakes and Vista Park.

From Willow Creek Road or Prescott Lakes Rd turn onto Smoke Tree Lane and go to the circle/rotary and turn onto Solstice Dr. One access off Solstice is Tawny Drive. Park, and it is a short hike to the petroglyphs on top of the mesa.

The City notes:
www.prescott-az.gov/recreation-area/prescott-lakes-and-vista-park-trails-system/
Trailheads can be found on Sarafina Dr (off Smoke Tree Ln) and on Samaritan Way (off Willow Lake Rd) per the city.

The **Vista Trail** is a 6 ft wide trail that starts at Sarafina Dr and crosses to Samaratan Way along which you can find the junction for the Panorama Trail.

The **Panorama Trail** is a single track trail that climbs steadily up from the park in the Prescott Lakes housing development towards a mesa. Where this trail intersects Solstice Dr, head west along the road a short distance to connect with the Petroglyph Trail (no parking here).

The **Petroglyph Trail** climbs the remainder of the way to the mesa top, where you can find unprecedented views of the entire area and a petroglyph site with an interpretive sign.
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Gary Worob notes: Unfortunately the City will not be able to complete the paving today 6/4 on Smoke Tree so here is an alternative route.. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH THE OVER THE HILL GANG AND ANYONE YOU MAY KNOW WHO MIGHT BE COMING The name of the road off Solstice is Tawny Drive. Can be accessed off Willow Creek Rd turning at Montana to Mogollon to Trail Walk to Solstice to Tawny.

Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 Restoration Planned Start in early September 2021
Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) was awarded $15,000.00 in funding for  Restoration Work on Groom Creek Loop Trail, a maintenance project to benefit hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. 
To successfully complete the project, YTA has partnered with the Prescott National Forest, Back Country Horseman of Central Arizona (BCHCAZ), and the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA).  This allows YTA to leverage private donations, collaboration, and volunteer resources to ensure the funding through the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) completes as much maintenance work as possible. 
The $15,000 grant award will be utilized to fund a critical backlog of maintenance on Groom Creek Loop Trail # 307 in the Prescott National Forest. The total restoration project budget is valued at $37,000
worth of trail improvements.
It is anticipated that the work on the Groom Creek Loop Trail will start in early September after the spotted owl nesting season is over. A training day for volunteers in dry rock masonry will be conducted on a segment of this trail as part of the project. The work will consist of rock armoring, tread repair, drainage installation, erosion mitigation, and general brushing of the trail.
Ann Hendrickson, President of YTA said “we are pleased to once again partner with the Prescott National Forest, BCHCAZ, and PMBA to assist in maintaining sustainable trails in Yavapai County. We also greatly appreciate the donors who have (and will) generously back this project. A million thanks to all the volunteers who so willingly put in so many hours of service. We are grateful as are the thousands of trail users!”

Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 Restoration Planned Start in early September 2021

Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) was awarded $15,000.00 in funding for Restoration Work on Groom Creek Loop Trail, a maintenance project to benefit hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

To successfully complete the project, YTA has partnered with the Prescott National Forest, Back Country Horseman of Central Arizona (BCHCAZ), and the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA). This allows YTA to leverage private donations, collaboration, and volunteer resources to ensure the funding through the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) completes as much maintenance work as possible.

The $15,000 grant award will be utilized to fund a critical backlog of maintenance on Groom Creek Loop Trail # 307 in the Prescott National Forest. The total restoration project budget is valued at $37,000
worth of trail improvements.

It is anticipated that the work on the Groom Creek Loop Trail will start in early September after the spotted owl nesting season is over. A training day for volunteers in dry rock masonry will be conducted on a segment of this trail as part of the project. The work will consist of rock armoring, tread repair, drainage installation, erosion mitigation, and general brushing of the trail.

Ann Hendrickson, President of YTA said “we are pleased to once again partner with the Prescott National Forest, BCHCAZ, and PMBA to assist in maintaining sustainable trails in Yavapai County. We also greatly appreciate the donors who have (and will) generously back this project. A million thanks to all the volunteers who so willingly put in so many hours of service. We are grateful as are the thousands of trail users!”
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Yavapai Trails Association
P.O. Box 403
Prescott, AZ 86302

yavapai.trails@gmail.com