Maricopa County, AZ is home to one of the largest regional park systems in the United States. Ten parks in the system circle the Phoenix metropolitan area, preserving approximately 120,000 acres.
For many Maricopa County residents, the cooler temperatures bring about a desire to get outside and reconnect with nature. This year, outdoor enthusiasts have access to 153-miles of new trails sprinkled throughout the Valley to recreate on. The trails are part of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Departments Maricopa Regional Trail System.
In December 2006, crews broke ground on the first segment of the 114-segment trail system in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and an additional 51-miles of trail is currently awaiting development. Once completed, the Maricopa Regional Trail System will encompass approximately 1,521 miles of trails.
Supporting the trail system was a natural step in the County’s regional planning process as it meets the land use, transportation, environmental and economic development goals outlined in the Maricopa County 2020, “Eye to the Future Comprehensive Plan.”
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