Sun Corridor to connect trails in Verde Valley and throughout Arizona (May 21, 2019) by John Hecht

In 2009, the Arizona Trail became a National Scenic trail, finalizing a project to connect many of the trail systems in the state that had been first proposed in 1985. Traversing Arizona from Mexico to Utah, the Arizona Trail crosses over 800 miles of the Grand Canyon State.

Now, the idea of another huge trail system crossing Arizona is in talks again, as leaders from all over the state have started working on plans for a new Sun Corridor Trail, from Mexico to Las Vegas. Taking its name from the metropolitan area that encompasses Phoenix, its surrounding region and Tucson, the trail begins in Douglas, travels through Tombstone, Tucson, Phoenix, Black Canyon City, Prescott, Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Sedona and Flagstaff before heading west to Kingman, Bullhead City and eventually the Nevada border.

Altogether, the trail is expected to encompass roughly 1,200 miles, making it longer than even the Arizona Trail.

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