The Pinal County Open Space and Trails Plan approved in 2007 identifies a network of existing and planned regional, multi-use non-motorized trails. At the present time, there are two trails which Pinal County manages as part of that future network; approximately 50 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the 9 mile Lost Goldmine Trail.
Arizona National Scenic Trail
The Arizona Trail (ANST) was designated as a National Scenic Trail in the spring of 2009. The ANST is an 800+ mile multi-use, non-motorized cross state trail stretching from the Mexican border to the Utah border. There are approximately 100 miles of the ANST within Pinal County. Pinal County manages approximately 50 miles, from Oracle to the Florence/Kelvin Highway. The remaining portions of the ANST in Pinal County are managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Parts of the ANST through Pinal County traverse through Arizona State Trust Lands. Please follow these simple rules while enjoying the ANST:
- The Arizona National Scenic Trail is open to non-motorized use only.
- A Recreation Permit from the Arizona State Land Department is required only if you travel outside the 15 foot trail corridor.
- Please respect the ranchers that live and work in this area. Leave all gates as you find them unless signed otherwise.
- Water is scarce in the desert and you must bring all the after you need with you . Livestock water facilities (such as wells and stock tanks) are the private property of the ranching operations and may only be used with the owner's consent.
- Arizona is rich with natural and cultural resources. Please leave what you find for the benefit of past, present and future generations.
Pinal County has recently completed the construction of three trailhead facilities along the ANST within Pinal County. The trailheads are located at Tiger Mine Road, Freeman Road and the Florence/Kelvin Highway.
This project was made possible through a successful grant application with the U.S. Forest Service. (Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act) Additionally, a variety of partners, user groups and interested parties donated time and resources to see these trailheads completed. Many thanks to our project partners: ASARCO, the Bagnall Family, the Arizona Trail Association, the County Line Riders of Catalina and Kalamazoo Materials.
Trailhead Locations: Tiger Mine Road | Freeman Road | Florence/Kelvin Highway
Arizona National Scenic Trail Map
Lost Goldmine Trail
The Lost Goldmine Trail is a nine mile multi-use non-motorized trail at the base of the Superstition Mountains in northern Pinal County. In addition to the spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains, the Lost Goldmine Trail offers connectivity to other trail opportunities such as the Peralta Trailhead, the Hieroglyphics Trail, Jacob's Crosscut Trail and the Lost Dutchman State Park.
For directions to the trailheads and a brief history of the trail, see the brochure at the bottom of this page.
Trailhead Locations: Peralta Trailhead | Hieroglyphics Trail | Jacob's Crosscut Trail and the Lost Dutchman State Park