Two weeks ago Southwest Trekking volunteered its services to help raise funds to support the Arizona Trail- an 800+ mile recreational trail connecting mountains, canyons, deserts, forests, and historic sites throughout Arizona as it stretches from Utah to Mexico. The trail provides superb opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all types and Southwest Trekking is blessed to have access to the trail within minutes of its doors.
To raise funds, a 38-mile one way mountain bike ride was organized. Those participating made a mandatory donation to the Arizona Trail Association. The donation earned them the opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful and diverse singletrack in southern Arizona with Southwest Trekking providing shuttle services for the cyclists to the start at Box Canyon.
Local cyclists Chad Brown and Scott Morris who conduct the Arizona Endurance Series (single and multiday self-supported mountain bike races of extreme distances) organized the fundraiser to support efforts to build and maintain the trail. Several of their races use portions of the Arizona Trail.
Once the ride was finished and everyone had returned safely to their vehicles at the Pistol Hill Trailhead, the grill was fired up and festivities were in order. Jon Shouse, who managed construction of the Las Cienegas portion of the trail, provided everyone who donated a plaque in appreciation of their donation.
It was a fantastic day to be out and SW Trekking was happy to be part of it. Arizona rocks!