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Fulfilling a Vision. Prescott Circle Trail. When logo appears here - click mouse to continue. Willow Lake Trail. The Vision. The Idea for the Prescott Circle Trail was first conceived and drawn on a Forest Service map by the newly formed Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) in 1990 .

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prescott circle trail

Fulfilling a Vision

Prescott Circle Trail

When logo appears here - click mouse to continue

the vision

The Vision

The Idea for the Prescott Circle Trail was first conceived and drawn on a Forest Service map by the newly formed Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) in 1990

description
Description
  • A 50 mile non-motorized Trail System circling the City of Prescott
  • Cooperative effort between the City of Prescott, Prescott National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish, Embry Riddle University, Storm Ranch, and Yavapai County
  • Listed as a High Priority in the 2003 Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan
  • Listed as a Major Goal in the September 2007 Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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current map
Current Map

Completed Sections

Proposed Sections

milestones
Milestones
  • 1990 Conceptual Map
  • 1993 YTA Receives Grant to Build Turley Trail
  • 1996 Turley Trail Opens
  • 1999 Prescott NF Prescott Basin II Project Creates an 18 Mile Alignment for the Circle Trail

Peavine Trail Opens

  • 2000 Legacy Trail Opens
  • 2001 Prescott NF Converts Roads From Thumb Butte Rd to Iron Springs Rd into a non- motorized Trail

Ho-kay-gan Trail 341 Opens

  • 2002 Discovery Trail Opens (Watson Woods)
  • 2003 Willow Creek Trail Opens
  • 2004 Cold Springs Trail 393 Opens (off Copper Basin Rd)
  • 2005 Trail 332 Opens From Iron Springs Road to Granite Basin Road
  • 2006 Jan Alfano Trail Dedicated

Trail 332 Opens From Granite Basin Road to Trail 341

Embry Riddle Trail Opens

Granite Creek Bridge Built on Discovery Trail

  • 2007 Garden Grove Trail 392 Opens

Watson Lake Trail Opens

Storm Ranch Preliminary Development Plan Includes Trail Segment for Circle Trail

PNF Develops Proposed Action to Complete Circle Trail within the National Forest

Goldwater Lakes Trail 396 - 90% Complete

Circle Trail Added to State Trails System

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city of prescott completed trail segments 11 2 miles
City of Prescott Completed Trail Segments 11.2 miles
  • Legacy
  • Jan Alfano
  • Embry Riddle
  • Willow Lake
  • Watson Lake
  • Discovery
  • Peavine
  • Turley
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Over The Hill Gang – Volunteer Trail Crew

Built over 8 miles of the Circle Trail in the Prescott Nat’l Forest

Photo by Tony Beere

city of prescott proposed trail segments 10 miles
City of PrescottProposed Trail Segments10 miles
  • Connector Trail (1.4 miles)
  • Legacy Extension –

State Trust Land (2.0 miles)

  • Lakes Connector (0.4 miles)
  • Storm Ranch (1.6 miles)
  • Badger “P” Mountain –

State Trust Land (4.6 miles)

prescott national forest completed trail segments 22 2 miles
Prescott National Forest Completed Trail Segments 22.2 miles
  • Boy Scout 126
  • Ranch 62
  • Goldwater Lakes 396
  • Quartz Mountain
  • Wolverton Mountain 9415
  • Aspen Creek 48
  • Cold Springs 393
  • Potts Creek 327
  • Circle Connector 322
  • Garden Grove 392
  • Circle 332
  • Ho-Kay-Gan 341
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Photo by Tony Beere

Garden Grove Trail Near Thumb Butte

prescott national forest proposed trail segments 5 miles
Prescott National ForestProposed Trail Segments5 miles
  • Ranch Extension (4 miles)
  • White Spar (1 mile)
trail access
Trail Access
  • Pioneer Park
  • Willow Lake
  • Watson Lake
  • Peavine Trailhead
  • Turley Trailhead
  • Senator Highway
  • Goldwater Lake
  • Bannon Creek
  • White Spar
  • Cathedral Pines
  • Copper Basin
  • High Valley Ranch
  • Rancho Vista
  • Butte Creek
  • Thumb Butte
  • Iron Springs Road
  • Granite Basin
  • Ho-kay-gan
  • Williamson Valley Rd
projects timelines for completion
Projects/Timelines for Completion
  • CITY OF PRESCOTT
  • Construct Lakes Connector Trail 2008
  • State Land Acquisition 2008 - 2009
  • Construction of Trails on State Land 2009 - 2011
  • Storm Ranch Development Trail 2010 - 2011
  • Williamson Valley Rd to Granite Basin 2011 - 2012

Connector Trail

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST

  • Conversion of Roads to Trails – Potts Creek 2008
  • Environmental Assessment & Decision 2008

for 2007 Circle Trail Proposed Action

  • Implementation of Circle Trail Decision 2008 - 2010
  • Trailhead Construction – Aspen Creek, 2008 - 2012

White Spar, Garden Grove

TRAIL WIDE PROJECTS

  • Standardized Trail Signs at All Intersections 2011
  • Interpretive Signage with Area & Trail History 2012

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community benefits
Community Benefits
  • A Unique Asset Very Few Cities Have
  • Access to Outdoor Recreation from All Sides of Prescott
  • Connectivity of Prescott’s Lakes and Pioneer Park
  • Access to Hundreds of Miles of City and Forest Trails
  • Multi-day Experience for Backpacking and Equestrians
  • Ability for Boy Scouts to Earn 50 Miler Award
  • Adds to Prescott’s Livability
  • Outdoor Recreation Attracts New Businesses and Families
  • Promotes Tourism for Special Events and Recreation

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how to help
How To Help

To Volunteer Time or Donate Services

City of Prescott

Chris Hosking chris.hosking@cityofprescott.net 237-0539

Prescott National Forest

Rob Hehlen rhehlen@fs.fed.us 443-8230

Cash Donations

Yavapai Trails Association alftrail@cableone.net

PO Box 403

Prescott, AZ 86302

YTA is a non-profit organization.

Tax deductible donations will be used as matching funds for grants and projects on the Circle Trail.

Presentation and Photos (unless noted otherwise) by Rob Hehlen

Thank You for Your Interest in This Project