What is the Flagstaff Trails Initiative?

Trails are part of what make Flagstaff what it is – a place that embraces its extraordinary setting on the Colorado Plateau. Trail providers, users, and other stakeholders have come together to make sure that the Flagstaff trail system is not just good, but incredible.

The purpose of the Flagstaff Trails Initiative (FTI) is to develop and implement a collaborative strategy for trails in and around Flagstaff.  It seeks to improve the quality, connectivity and community support for a sustainable trail system that balances the demand for recreation with the community’s vision for conservation, development, and health.  

The FTI will include a mix of elements – like conceptual ideas for new connections, ways to support long-term maintenance improvements and strategies to protect environmental quality – that will make Flagstaff a better place to live and visit.

Who is involved?

Anyone and everyone who cares about trails in Flagstaff can be involved in the FTI.

Founding partners for FTI include the City of Flagstaff, Coconino National Forest, Coconino County, Flagstaff Biking Organization, and the National Park Service. Other diverse organizations including the Coconino Trail Riders, Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy and Arizona Trail Association have also joined the effort to make sure Flagstaff’s recreational assets are everything they can be.

How much of the area around Flagstaff are we talking about?

This project will focus on non-motorized and motorized trails inside the boundary of the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization, which extends from Bellemont to the west, Winona to the east, Sunset Crater to the north and Mountainaire to the south. It includes trails managed by the City of Flagstaff, Coconino National Forest, National Park Service and Coconino County.

Why trails/why are we doing this?

They give us something fun to do with our time. They make us healthy and strong. They generate connections to nature. They create business opportunities. They improve our mental health. They give our kids places to run around. They draw visitors, who spend money and generate jobs. They help us get to work.  They help us better understand our environment. They let us test ourselves. They limit environmental impact. We could go on…