Trail of the Month

Everyone has a favorite trail to hike and Arizona has some of the best hiking trails in the world — from Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon to the National Scenic Arizona Trail and down south to the Guindani Trail at Kartchner Caverns. Each month Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT) would like to feature a Trail of the Month on the Arizona State Parks webpage. Download the Trail of the Month Nomination Form

December Trail of the Month Sophie’s Flat Trail – Trail #A

Trail Length:7.1 Miles
Elevation: 3,664 ft. Red Top & 3,064 ft. Creighton
Difficulty: Moderate
Directions: U.S. 60 to El Reco & Constellation, 3.2 mi. to Blue Tank Rd., 1-1/4 mi. to TH. Map
Nearby Communities: Historic Wickenburg
Land Manager:Bureau of Land Management, 602-580-5530.

Trail Description:
This trail meanders through classic Sonoran desert landscape, including stands of ocotillo, saguaro, cholla and other cactus varieties.

Dramatic scenic desert and mountain vistas are visible in all directions.

This is the poster child of the Sonoran desert – all of the desert flora, scenic washes, and Red Top and Creighton peaks.

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Experiece Previous Trails of the Month

November 2015 Trail of the Month
September 2015 Trail of the Month
August 2015 Trail of the Month
July 2015 Trail of the Month

2015 Trails Plan

Arizona State Parks' Trails Program provides a number of benefits for trail users, organizations, and communities.

Provides technical assistance to agencies and orgainzations;
Hosts trail conferences, trainings and education events;
Serves as hub for statewide trail information;
Manages statewide trails and advisory committees (OHVAG and ASCOT);
Conducts statewide trail research, which guides the expenditure of trail grant funds.