Youth Contribute to Babbitt Ranch Singletrack Project

It takes a village to build, maintain and protect the Arizona National Scenic Trail, which is why we’re inviting everyone to help build a portion of the Babbitt Ranch Singletrack this summer. This project will replace monotonous and dusty ranch roads between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon with sublime singletrack through high-elevation grasslands and juniper forests.

One June 20-21 the Arizona Trail Gear Girls contributed their energy to the cause, resulting in almost 500 feet of fresh trail. Don’t let their size fool you…what they may lack in mass they more than make up for in energy and enthusiasm. 

In addition to helping chip away at the 13-mile project, the stewardship lessons learned during this outing will last a lifetime. Whenever any of these girls returns to this remote portion of the AZT on foot, mountain bike or horseback they’ll be able to say, “I built that.”

Want to help? Register for the Babbitt Ranch Trail Work Weekend on July 20-21 and/or keep an eye on the Calendar for upcoming opportunities. With your help we should be able to finish most of the trail construction this year.

Thanks to Unisource Energy Services, REI Co-op and High Mountain Health for their support of the Gear Girls program. And HUGE THANKS to Northern Region Steward Daniel Snyder and Matt Roberts of Flagline Trails LLC for their outstanding leadership.