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Come join us on the CAP National Recreation Trail!!!

Pinal County is proud to announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting of their first segment of the Central Arizona Project National Recreation Trail (CAP Trail). This grand opening celebration will be Saturday November 2, 2019 at 9:00am and will be located at the Nona Road Trailhead (24449 E. Nona Road, Red Rock Arizona).

The CAP Trail is designed for non-motorized trail users to experience southern Pinal County. This 10.5- mile segment of the CAP Trail offers with great views of the Picacho Mountains, including Newman Peak, Picacho Peak and the Tortolita Mountains. A variety of wildlife watching opportunities are also present throughout the CAP Trail corridor as it winds through the Sonoran Desert landscape. In the near future, connections to the south will allow for trail users to go all the way to the Town of Marana.

In addition to a reliable supply of Colorado River water, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal system affords another benefit to the state of Arizona--a long distance, non-motorized, multi-use recreational trail corridor. Once completed, the CAP Trail run along the entire 336-mile of the canal, making the CAP Trail the state’s second longest trail behind the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

In June 2003, the CAP Trail was designated as a National Recreational Trail (NRT). The National Trail System Act of 1968 authorized creation of a national trail system comprised of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails. National Recreation Trails are exemplary trails of local and regional significance.

In Pinal County, the CAP Trail will be almost 100 miles in length and will connect the communities of Red Rock, Eloy, Coolidge, Florence, and Apache Junction.

For more information visit the Pinal County website at http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/OpenSpaceTrails/Pages/CAPRecTrail.aspx or email to pinalparks@pinal.gov

 

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