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  • McKenzie Ranch Trails Park dedication set for Nov. 3

    Oct 24, 2018 | Read More News
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    Mountain bike enthusiasts will have a new place to ride and race with the opening of McKenzie Ranch Trails Park, a 1,700-acre open space park owned by Pima County. Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation will dedicate the park, 12725 S. Red Hill Ranch Road, at a 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 3. All are welcome.

    Several people will speak at the ceremony, including Lucretia Free, southeast representative from the office of District 4 Supervisor Steve Christy, Pima County Board of Supervisors; Steve Anderson, planning division manager from Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; and Evan Pilling, executive director of the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB).

    The park was built by staff from NRPR and volunteers with SDMB, said Anderson. “Their volunteers were a huge help,” he said.
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    The park has several trails on the property: the 3.5-mile Hohokam Trail, 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 competitive course for safety reasons. Runners and hikers can use the Hohokam Trail if they travel counter-clockwise (the bikes are riding clockwise). All other county trails are non-motorized shared use paths.

    The competitive course will allow NRPR to stage up to four mountain biking races a year, making McKenzie Ranch the first park with a competitive mountain bicycling loop in southern Arizona. The first event is scheduled for February 2019.

    Anderson said it took staff about seven months to complete the trails park, which includes the trails, trailhead and event parking. Those trails still comprise less than one percent of the park’s total acreage, with the rest remaining open desert space.

    The park will eventually connect to the Arizona Trail, a non-motorized, 800-mile trail stretching from Utah to the U.S.-Mexico border. McKenzie Ranch also will eventually connect to the rest of the trails around the city of Tucson, making it possible for a hiker or cyclist to begin on the west side of town and go all the way to McKenzie Ranch (or even farther east).