Arizona State Committee on Trails: ASCOT


ASCOT graphicASCOT serves in an advisory capacity to the Arizona State Parks Board. The overall mission of the State Trails Program is to promote, develop, and preserve non-motorized trail opportunities throughout the state for mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and water trail users. State Parks staff works with ASCOT to:

  1. advance and promote non-motorized trail use,
  2. provide technical trails assistance,
  3. promote trail management and development,
  4. provide trails-related information and educational opportunities.

Members of ASCOT have put together a list of their Top Trail Picks complete with trail information and descriptions.

Meeting Dates

ASCOT meets quarterly around the state. Public participation is encouraged at these meetings. Two meetings are held on a Friday and two meetings are held on a Saturday.

Previous Agendas & Minutes

Download statement of locations where all notices of meetings will be posted (PDF Document 57 KB PDF)

2016 ASCOT Agendas & Minutes
Meeting Dates Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2016 ASCOT Agenda 05/04/16
(PDF Document 100 KB PDF)
April 9, 2016

* ASCOT Agenda - Amended 04/06/16
(PDF Document 2.18 MB PDF)

April 9, 2016 SRTAC Agenda 04/06/16
(PDF Document 2.26 MB PDF)

* = Amended Agenda
† = Joint Meeting with and OHVAG. See quorum notice (PDF Document 244 KB PDF).

Archive of previous years' agendas and minutes (Archive)

ASCOT Members

ASCOT members
Members of ASCOT along with Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management staff hike the Arizona Trail to the Mexico border to better understand how border and immigrant issues relate to trails.

Nick Lund, TRACKS-Pinetop/Lakeside
Richard Kesselman, Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona
Doug Von Gausig, Representative-at-Large
Claire Miller, City of Phoenix
Patrick Kell, International Mountain Biking Association
Craig Alden Stevens, Back Country Horseman of Central Arizona
Bill Gibson, Bureau of Land Management
Bernadine McCollum, Wickenburg Conservation Foundation
Linda Slay, Arizona Horse Council
Angela Villa, Representative-at-Large
Lisa Gerdl, Representative-at-Large
Jan Hancock, Maricopa Trails and Parks Foundation
Matthew Nelson, Arizona Trail Association
Michael Harris, Representative-at-Large

Advisory Committee Coordinator: Mickey Rogers (602) 542-6942

Conferences and Workshops

ASCOT sponsors statewide trail workshops to bring together the trails community and share relevant trail information. Some of our past workshops include:

1st State Trails Conference in 1990 - “Partnerships-On the Trail Together”
2nd Conference in 1992 - “Arizona Trails…Our Heritage…Our Future”
3rd Conference in 1995 - “Locking in the Legacy”
In 1998 Arizona hosted the National Trails Symposium in Tucson.
4th Conference in 2001 - “Trail Funding”
5th Conference in 2003 - “Managing Trails in Lean Times”
6th Conference in 2004 - “Trails for All People: ADA and Trails”
7th Conference in 2005 - “Volunteers: Helping Hands on the Land”
Conference in 2007 - “State Trails Conference”

ASCOT produced The Public Trail Access Manual: A Guide to the Protection of Arizona's Trails. Arizona was the first state to prepare a manual on saving public trail access and many other states have modeled their manuals after ours.

Arizona State Trail System

ASCOT monitors trails in the State Trails System to ensure their quality is maintained.

The Arizona State Trails Guide

The first State Trails System Guide included 102 trails and was called Diamond Jubilee. The 2nd edition, developed in 1989, was renamed Arizona State Trails Guide with the number of trails increasing to 263 trails. In 1995 the 3rd edition Trail Guide (our most popular) included 452 trails. The fourth edition was published in 2004 and can be purchased from the Arizona State Parks Gift Shop. This guide is in high demand and is the most comprehensive trail guide for Arizona and includes all non-motorized trail user groups!


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