News & Events

2024 Events 

Volunteer

Give back to the trails you love!

Prescott is home to over 400 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown. Trails on City of Prescott, Prescott National Forest, County, Bureau of Land Management, and private lands make up the connectivity of our trail network.

Volunteers are the key to our organizational success. Working alongside trained crew leaders, volunteers will experience a sense of fulfillment as they participate in trail building and maintenance, while becoming stewards of our area lands. Volunteers have helped make Yavapai Trails Association the productive and successful organization it is today.

Thank you, volunteers!

Upcoming Events

Saturday March 23rd, 2024 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM |SMITH RAVINE #297 

On Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 8:00AM – Noon, YTA in partnership with Bike Prescott will be completing the brushing of Trail #297 (Smith Ravine).

Plan for the day: After a safety discussion at 08:00, we’ll hike out and get started building trail. We’ll have our break at 10:00, and then be back at the vehicles by 12:00.

Directions to Smith Ravine Trailhead Parking from downtown Prescott: Travel east on Hwy 69 to Walker Road. Turn right and travel approximately 4.8 miles to the Smith Ravine Trailhead, just past mile marker five. Turn right and park. Parking is good.

If you have them, please bring your own hard hat/bike helmet, gloves, and eye protection. If you don’t have them, we are able to provide those items. As always, make sure to wear long sleeve shirts, pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring snacks/water for the morning.

*Sorry-No pets allowed at this event

Thanks, everyone, and let us know if you have any questions!

Past Events

Dec 2nd, 2023

Trail 264 Extension

On Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 8:00AM – Noon, volunteers joined the YTA to work on the Tr 264 extension project from Copper Basin Rd Dispersed Site #6.

Oct 7th, 2023

SALIDA GULCH WORKDAY in partnership with Trail Sisters and Hiker Babes

YTA, in partnership with Trail Sisters and Hiker Babes, performed trail maintenance on Trail #95.

Snacks for break, and after work refreshments provided by YTA

Sept 23rd, 2023

ASPEN CREEK TRAILHEAD, COPPER BASIN RD., NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY TRAIL CONSTRUCTION

Yavapai Trails Association conducted new trail construction on West Spruce Trail #264

Sept 23rd, 2023

PRESCOTT NF TRAILS & WILDERNESS 2023 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PICNIC

We had a picnic to say thank you to all the volunteers who have supported the Prescott National Forest Trails and Wilderness program between October 2022 and September 2023.

Picnic consisted of hamburgers and hotdogs, side dishes and refreshments provided by Back Country Horsemen of Central Arizona, City of Prescott, Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance, Prescott Trail Riders, and Yavapai Trails Association.

Nov. 12th , 2022

ALMOSTA TRAIL SYSTEM | Saturday, November 12th 2022

Volunteers joined us and Back Country Horseman of Central AZ (BCHCAZ) for trail maintenance on trail #1959 on November 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Meeting Location: Chevron Station, 4155 Outer Loop Rd, Prescott, AZ  Thank you from YTA Trailwork.

Oct. 22nd, 2022

 

 

MADD – Make-A-Difference Day Event
For the past two years, YTA has worked hard with our partners raising funds, writing grants, and hosting volunteer trail maintenance events to restore the trail system to a sustainable, safe, and enjoyable outdoor experience. To raise “matching” funds to support our grants, we hosted an ALL-NON MOTORIZED trail outing enjoying our trails and coming together for a communal picnic luncheon from Pangaea Bakery.

Oct. 8th, 2022


ALMOSTA TRAIL SYSTEM
Volunteer joined YTA and Back Country Horseman of Central AZ (BCHCAZ) for trail maintenance on trail #1959 on October 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Meeting Location: Chevron Station, 4155 Outer Loop Rd, Prescott, AZ  From its intersection with Pioneer Parkway, drive 7 miles north on Williamson Valley Road. 

Sept. 10th, 2022

National Public Lands Day | Groom Creek Loop #307
Volunteers joined YTA for trail maintenance at the TH for Groom Creek Loop #307 on Sept. 10, from 8-noon.  Directions: 6.2 miles S. on Senator HY, TH on the left. 

Yavapai Trails Association Awarded Funding by the
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

Prescott, AZ, June 22, 2020 – In early June 2020, Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) was one of 39 organizations in the nation to be awarded funding to complete a project that will utilize private donations, volunteer resources, and Forest Service funding through an agreement with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA). The $10,000 grant award will be utilized to fund a critical backlog of maintenance on Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415 in the Prescott National Forest. This five-mile segment of trail is part of the marque 54 -mile non-motorized Circle Trail that is the “hub” of most of the trails in the greater Prescott area. The Wolverton Trail is a widely popular trail amongst mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian community. The American Conservation Experience will be hired to do part of the trail work and the Over the Hill Gang, a volunteer trail maintenance crew will work on the remainder of the trail.

It is anticipated that the work on the Wolverton Trail will commence in early September.  The work will consist of brushing and short sections of rock armoring to stabilize the trail tread.  All group volunteer trail work has currently been suspended due to the pandemic, but will resume when it is determined to be safe to do so.

YTA is pleased to once again partner with the Prescott National Forest to assist in obtaining and maintaining sustainable trails in Yavapai County. We also appreciate the donors who have been generous to back this project. A million thanks to all the volunteers who so willingly put in many hours of service. We are grateful as are the thousands of trail users.

A quote from the NWSA Grant Committee: “The NWSA is excited to offer this 3rd round of funding to support the volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and agency partners who are stewarding the National Forest trail system on their local public lands. These trail stewardship projects will accomplish much work needed to improve and sustain trail conditions in our National Forests. Americans are lucky to have such diverse and beautiful National Forest lands across our country, but we are even luckier to have caring stewards who give their time and their energy to this unique American resource.”

For more information please contact Jason Williams, Prescott NF Trails & Wilderness Manger at (928) 777-2220 or Ann Hendrickson, YTA President (262) 893-9479.

Contact Us

Yavapai Trails Association
P.O. Box 403
Prescott, AZ 86302

yavapai.trails@gmail.com