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  • McKenzie Ranch Trails Park

    map12725 S. Red Hill Ranch Road
    Vail, AZ 85641
    Open: Dawn - Dusk

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    • Trail System

    Outdoor Activities

    • Mountain Biking
    • Trail Running

    McKenzie Ranch Trails Park is a 1,700 acre open space park that has been owned by the county for more than five years. The ranch is on the far east side of Pima County about 1.5 miles north of Marsh Station Road and about 4 miles east of Three Bridges in Pima County’s Cienega Creek Preserve.

    photoThe McKenzie Ranch Trails Park has several trails on the property; the 3.2 mile Hohokam Trail, which is open to all non-motorized trail users, and the Competitive Mountain Biking Course, which consists of two loops totaling 10 miles. Equestrians are not allowed on the mountain biking competition course, because mountain bikers are riding the course at speed, and it’s not safe to allow both types of users on the course. Runners and hikers can use the course if they travel counter-clockwise (the bikes are riding clockwise), so they can see the bikes coming at them and step out of the way. While the park is available for non-motorized trail use from dawn to dusk 365 days a year, private promoters will put on 4 mountain biking events a year…about one a quarter. This is the first park that has a competitive mountain bicycling loop in southern Arizona. In comparison, the Phoenix-area has three competitive mountain bicycling courses.

    While the genesis of the McKenzie Ranch Trails Park came from staff at the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department, the park was built in partnership with the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists. Their volunteers were a huge help. Less than 1% of the total park acreage has been developed as a trails park, which means that it remains in excess of 99% natural desert, and Pima County expects it to remain that way. The park property was formerly owned by a large real estate developer, who had planned to build 1,200 homes there, until Pima County received the property. Having a large protected park property like this one usually makes adjacent home values go up, so the park should be a boon to those that live around it.

    The park will eventually be connected to the Arizona Trail within a few years, and to the rest of the trails around the city of Tucson, making it possible for you to begin your ride or hike on the west side of town and go all the way to McKenzie Ranch (or even farther east).

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