Don't be a trailblazer!
Phoenix City Council approved the Trail Ordinance to define designated and non-designated trails in the Mountain Parks.
From Phoenix Mountain Parks, 1996
What is a Trailblazer?
Today, it matters. Phoenix has almost 26,000 acres of desert parks and preserves within the city limits. As our population grows, this land is quickly becoming the only natural desert left in the Valley.
Phoenix's parks and preserves are enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians who want to get away from it all without leaving the city. More than 100 miles of trails are available for exploring the beauty of the Sonoran desert.
Unfortunately, some people don't stay on the established trails. When they go off on their own, they destroy vegetation, cause erosion and often jeopardize their own and others' safety. We call these people "trailblazers" too.
An ordinance to protect the environment.
This allows the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board to designate areas for revegetation and to block their access from main trails. The ordinance was created to stem the tide of damage and erosion caused by "trailblazers." It also sets a penalty of no less than $50.00 and eight hours of community service for entering park areas closed to public use.
Protect yourself and the environment.
Designated trails are amrked by signs. When trails are closed, they will be marked with signs or physical barriers such as rocks, posts or brush.
To learn more: Phoenix Mountains Preserve (520) 262-7901
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Updated March 16, 2007