Trails Plan Implementation

Trails Plan Implementation

Trail Improvements Continue at Saguaro National Park

After the July 2009 approval of the park's Comprehensive Trails Management Plan, Saguaro National Park has implemented changes called for in the plan. Using a variety of funding sources, many of these changes have been accomplished, while other work is on going or still in the planning stages. The park's trail crew worked with a variety of partners and volunteer groups to complete trail work.

For more information about the Comprehensive Trails Management Plan, see the links below.

Saguaro Comprehensive Trail Management Plan

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Cost-Benefit and Regulatory Flexibility Analyses

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Mica View Trail Upgrade:

In 2016, the Mica View Trail is getting an upgrade. This 0.7 mile trail was identified in the Comprehensive Trails Plan as the right trail to convert to an ADA Challenge Trail. The work will start on February 22 and we expect the trail will re-open in May. The surface will be hardened, making it suitable for visitors of various abilities to get out and explore the Historic Cactus Forest.

Due to the nature of the trail's new surface, it will become a hiker only trail. Equestrian users will still have access between the Mica View Picnic Area and the Broadway Trailhead via the Cactus Forest Trail and the Javelina Wash Trail.

Mica View Trail is closing for reconstruction on Feb 22
The Mica View Trail, in red, will be closed from February 22 though May.  We suggested using the Cactus Forest Trail, in green, as the alternate route between the Broadway Trailhead and the Mica View Picnic Area.


Quilter Trail Hiker
The new Quilter Trail connects 807 miles backcountry landscape of Arizona.

Laura Bolyard

Quilter Trail Project
One of the most significant projects completed is the final piece of the Arizona Trail through the park. The 5-mile Quilter Trail (linking the Hope Camp and Manning Camp Trails) and the eastern extension of the Hope Camp Trail opened on April 2, 2011.

Designated a National Scenic Trail, the 807 mile Arizona Trail traverses north-south across the state. The trail begins at Coronado National Memorial on the International border with Mexico, and ends on the Kaibab Plateau at the Utah state border.

Completed Trails projects include:

Rincon Mountain District

· Construction of the Hope Camp Trail's eastern extension, connecting Hope Camp with the Arizona Trail on the park's southern boundary

· Construction of the Quilter Trail, connecting the Arizona Trail to the Manning Camp Trail

· Improvements to the Hope Camp Trail

· Construction of the Ruiz Trail, south of the Hope Camp Trail

· Construction of the Coyote Wash Trail, south of the Hope Camp Trail

· Improvements to the Carrillo Trail, south of the Douglas Springs Trail

Tucson Mountain District

· Construction of a new Sendero-Esperanza Trailhead (on Golden Gate Road), increasing capacity for vehicles and horse trailers

· Construction of the trail connecting Prophecy and Picture Rocks Washes

· Construction of the Signal Hill By-Pass Trail

· Conversion of the southern ends of the Cactus Wren and Manville Trails from hiker only to hiker and equestrian use

· Construction of minor re-routes, installation of trail signing and restoration of non-designated trails in the Scenic Drive and Continental Reserve area

· Installation of trail signing and restoration of non-designated trails in the Belmont/Abington Road areas

Last updated: February 13, 2016

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