Project Purpose

The purpose of the Flagstaff Trails Initiative is to develop and implement a collaborative, cross-jurisdictional strategy for recreational trails in the Flagstaff region. This effort 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.

Preliminary Project Goals

The list is made of up of preliminary goals of the Flagstaff Trails Initiative identified early in this process to guide our initial work and generate discussion. They build on existing plans for the Flagstaff region including the Coconino County Comprehensive PlanFlagstaff Regional Plan 2030 and Draft Coconino National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.

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  • Translate higher level, regional planning efforts and visions into on-the-ground projects and improvements through a coordinated, collaborative approach;

  • Consolidate a variety of trail plans, proposals and concepts into a single regional document;

  • Address the current and future demand for non-motorized and motorized trail activities through improvements to trail sustainability, trail information and development of additional trail opportunities;

  • Gather stakeholders, policy makers and elected officials to build support for trails in the region;

  • Develop opportunities for the FUTS trail to connect to regional open spaces and outlying communities;

  • Identify trail hubs, staging areas and less formal public access points around the perimeter of Flagstaff and other communities;

  • Integrate trail planning and management with tourism and economic goals;

  • Better understand the public demand for and trends related to recreational trails;

  • Educate, inform and involve the community in trail stewardship;

  • Enhance public knowledge about local trails and environmental and social factors (such as user conflict);

  • Improve the financial sustainability of trail-related activity throughout the Flagstaff area;

  • Balance trail development and management with community conservation and natural resource goals with an emphasis on restoration;

  • Evaluate ways to accommodate trail-related organized use and events