Community Cooperation Eases Cycling Access to Arizona’s Prescott National Forest

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By Charles Pekow — It looks like it will be easier for cyclists to get to Arizona’s Prescott National Forest from Verde Valley and Yavapai Community College thanks to long-term community cooperation.

The Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee approved a $75,000 award to employ youth corps for the proposed Blowout Wash Trail Project. The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and Yavapai Community College are collaborating with the Verde Ranger District of the forest.

The coalition promised to pitch in $12,000 for the trail and the College agreed to allow the biking trail on its land and to build a trailhead. The 6.5-mile trail will connect with other trails in the Prescott National Forest. It will run along West Mingus Avenue and connect the communities of Prescott, Jerome, Clarkdale, and Cottonwood.

 

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