YTA FUNDED PROJECTS
Yavapai Trails Association is supported not only by direct donations, but by forming strong partnerships with other organizations throughout the community. By coming together to work tirelessly to build and maintain the non-motorized trails systems, YTA collaborates with trail user groups (activity based) to become a powerful force. Often times, Grant Writing and Administration requires collaborative efforts with our partners.
Yavapai Trails Association is a non-motorized trail management partner in Yavapai County, Arizona. We use TRAFx counters to count our equestrian, mountain bike, and hiking trail users. The data collected assists in monitoring and managing trails within the system. The data generated by the TRAFx Infrared Trail Counters has proven to be a valuable tool for our grant writing.
Partial funding provided by the Arizona Community Foundation
Yavapai Trails Association has been awarded the grants below
$14,000 Arizona Community Foundation for the Continuation of the Expansion of the Chino Valley Peavine Trail
Arizona Community Foundation awarded YTA a competitive grant award of $14,000 for the continuation of the expansion of the Chino Valley Peavine trail southbound toward the Prescott Peavine Trail. The connection of the two trails has been “in the works” for many years. There are many landowners, stake holders, and topography obstacles to overcome to finally make the connection of the trail segments a reality. Once these factors are overcome, the trail will bebuilt, and prepared for the continuation northward toward Del Rio Springs, creating over 25 miles of contiguous rail-to-trail. The current plan is to fence the “boundaries” of the trail perimeter until the infrastructure to traverse the extensive wash can be engineered. YTA is grateful to ACF for the continued enthusiastic support of this critical Rail-to-Trail build to service not only our rural multi-purpose trail users, but to create a non-motorized commuter trail corridor between Chino Valley, Prescott, and Prescott Valley.
$5,025 The State of Arizona Parks and Trails to Kick Start New Yavapai Youth Trails Challenge
The State of Arizona Parks and Trails has awarded YTA a competitive Heritage Fund grant of $5,025 to kick start our new Yavapai Youth Trails Challenge Program. The YYTC aims to expand youth engagement in healthy outdoor activities. The “challenge” program is designed to encourage youth to learn Leave No Trace principles, practice proper trail etiquette, be prepared properly for their outdoor experience, and foster participation in the care of our public
outdoor spaces. The program is free, self-paced, and designed for all non-motorized youth and their families to explore the flora and fauna of our beautiful county. (Refer to the YYTC page on the website.)
$15,000 Yavapai Trails Association Awarded Funding by the Arizona Community Foundation AZ
Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) has been awarded funding to complete a project that will utilize private donations, Back Country Horseman of Central Arizona (BCHCAZ) partnership funding, volunteer resources, and Forest Service Great American Outdoors Act funding. The $15,000 grant award will be utilized to fund a critical backlog of maintenance on the Almosta Trail System in the Prescott National Forest. The total restoration project budget is valued at over $50,000 worth of trail improvements. The Almosta Trail System is a network of over 30 miles of multi-purpose trails in the Williamson Valley area that is a popular trail system especially with the equestrian community. This beautifully rugged trail system is receiving increased usage by all user groups. Bids will be taken for a major portion of the brush removal, opening of blind corners, and improving the drainage. In addition, signage will be added within the system, and a trail counter system installed. The Over the Hill Gang volunteer trail maintenance crew, and four volunteer workdays with YTA, and BCHCAZ members will work on the remainder of the designated trails. Restoration work on the Almosta Trails will commence early fall of 2022. YTA is pleased to once again partner with the Prescott National Forest, and BCHCAZ to assist in obtaining and 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.
$15,000 Restoration work on Groom Creek Loop Trail in the Prescott National Forest has been awarded funding by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
In early May, Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) was one of 48 organizations in the nation to be awarded funding to complete a project that will utilize private donations, Back Country Horseman of Central Arizona (BCHCAZ) and the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) partnership funding and collaboration, volunteer resources, and Forest Service funding through an agreement with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA). 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.
$17,500 Restoration work on the Almosta Trail System in the Prescott National Forest has been awarded funding by the Arizona Community Foundation
$250 ExtremeTerrain Clean Trail Grant
In May 2021 YTA was awarded a $250 grant from ExtremeTerrain as a supplement to our Granite Creek Loop Trail project. ExtremeTerrain respects the integrity of the landscape we live, drive, and play on, and strives to leave the trails we enjoy better than we found them. For this reason, they launched the Clean Trail Grant program.
$10,000 Grant award from NWSA
Yavapai Trails Association Awarded Funding by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. 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 marquee 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.
$10,450 Chino Valley Rail-to-Trail (Peavine) Grant Award
Yavapai Trails Association has recently been awarded a generous $10,450.00 Grant from the Arizona Community Foundation to continue trail improvements on the 5.3 mile rail-to-trail segment in the Town of Chino Valley. For the past few years YTA has taken a leadership role in improving this unique trail segment. The grant will allow for the purchase of an informational kiosk, dog waste stations, trail signs at road crossings, trail signs at parking lots (other than the kiosk), trail bed material, another bench, trail tools for the local trail volunteer maintainers, and equestrian friendly gate latches. These trail improvements are intended as a step closer to connecting the Peavine segments into one contiguous gem of a trail. We at YTA continue to advocate and strive for that to happen in the near future. Our communities and partners in Yavapai County are uniting to work toward this common goal. We are thankful for ACF’s generosity in providing the financial means to realize this gem of a trail.
$5,000 Peavine Trail Upgrade in Chino Valley
$10,000 Peavine Trail, Prescott to Chino Valley
The funds will be used to help purchase the lease across one mile plus of AZ state trust land. This easement is key for building this trail between Chino Valley and Prescott. The private landowner will provide the other trail segment and fencing. Manpower and machines will be donated.
$2,200 Sun Corridor Trail-Segment 5 Phase I
$3,500 Prescott Circle Trail Signage
The funds will be used to purchase materials to help mark additional and current locations along the PCT so all responders will better understand where the location is hen they get the call, so they may define their route of access and find individuals in a timely manner.
$5,403 Butte Creek Trail Project
The first one thousand of funds will be to purchase tools for local residents and Prescott College student volunteers, for construction and maintenance. The remaining four thousand will be for materials for pathway leveling and improvements, bridge-ways, and to help prevent erosion and off trail use in this watershed area.
$5,000 Greenways Project Phase III
Work was done on the Greenways Trail near the Rodeo Grounds and Miller Creek.