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The Sun Corridor Trail

approximately 1,500 miles

Consisting of existing multi-use trails and proposed connections, when completed, the Sun Corridor Trail stretches between Las Vegas, NV and Douglas, AZ and include loops around cities and towns along the way. The trail will boast easy access to amenities like food and lodging so that it can be enjoyed by more casual travelers along with seasoned explorers. Designed to be used for both longer expeditions and short day trips, the Sun Corridor Trail will be a linear park that has something for everyone. Below, the trail is broken down into segments for ease of exploring everything this trail will have to offer.

The Sun corridor Trail map

Trail Segment 1:
Las Vegas, NV to Kingman, AZ

approximately 204 miles

The first segment of the trail connects an almost-completed existing loop around Las Vegas before the proposed connection will head south through Nevada and meet up with the Colorado River before heading east into Arizona. This segment traverses the Mojave Desert, which generally sits 2,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level with numerous mountain ranges and basins that are home to many desert critters. Along the way, the trail will have easy access to amenities in Searchlight, Laughlin, and Bullhead City, AZ. There is a loop just southeast of Kingman that explores the Hualapai Mountains and their impressive granite outcroppings and pillars.

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Trail Segment 2:
Kingman to Flagstaff, AZ

approximately 218 miles

This segment begins with a proposed trail that will go from Kingman to Ash Fork and then to Williams along the scenic and historic Route 66, where travelers can explore small towns like Seligman, Peach Springs, Valentine, and Hackberry. From Ash Fork, the trail ascends up towards the San Francisco Peaks, home to 4 of the 5 tallest mountains in Arizona. Flagstaff is nestled amongst these peaks and, when completed, the Flagstaff Loop Trail will allow access to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America.

Flagstaff to Sedona Trail
Flagstaff Loop Trail Map

Trail Segment 3:
Flagstaff to Prescott, AZ

approximately 90 miles

South of Flagstaff, a proposed trail will traverse through the Mormon Lake area and the lower elevation of the Coconino Forest before cutting west towards the iconic red rocks around Sedona. There, the trail will connect with the existing Sedona Urban Trail System, with multiple access points into town and passing stunning landmarks like Chimney Rock, Steamboat Rock, and Chapel Spire Rock. The Peavine Trail, a 39-mile stretch currently under construction, will connect Sedona to Prescott.

Sedona urban trail system

Trail Segment 4:
Prescott to Phoenix, AZ

approximately 118 miles

When the Sun Corridor trail gets to Prescott, it will connect to the existing Prescott Circle Trail, a 54-mile trek through Prescott National Forest with 15 access points into town and over 6,000 feet of elevation gain. The landscape and vegetation varies widely as the elevation rises, moving from high desert to pinon pine to juniper forest and then to ponderosa pine. The Sun Corridor Trail will then join the existing Black Canyon Trail, connecting Prescott to Phoenix, descending back down to lower elevation and into the Sonoran Desert.

Prescott Circle Trail map
black Canyon Trail map

Trail Segment 5:
Phoenix to Tucson, AZ

approximately 405 miles

The Phoenix metro area is Arizona’s largest urban center, with over 14,000 square miles. The Sun Corridor Trail meets up with the Maricopa Trail just north of the city and offers a 315-mile route circumnavigating the area. The Maricopa Trail links to all of the county’s regional park systems, traversing 15 separate municipalities. From there, the Sun Corridor Trail will join with a section of the existing CAP (Central Arizona Project) Trail, following the canal system that leads south from Phoenix to Tucson.

maricopa trail map
cap trail map

Trail Segment 6:
Tucson to Douglas, AZ

approximately 150 miles

The Sun Corridor Trail will connect the CAP Trail with the Tribute Trail, a partially completed loop around Tucson and its vicinity. This loop allows access to the impressive mountain ranges in the area including Santa Rita, Rincon, and Catalina Mountain ranges. From there, the final section of the trail will connect to Douglas, AZ on the US/Mexico border leveraging proposed rails-to-trails connections. Along this stretch, visitors can explore some of the historic small towns that southern Arizona offers, including Tombstone, Bisbee, and Sierra Vista, as well as the rich history of Native American culture and arts.

Tribute trail map