The 6.3 wild burro trail weaves into the Tortolita Mountains, located near Marana, and is lined with cottonwood trees, saguaros, and in the right season, wildflowers.
Stephan Nofield, conservation and outdoor recreation program manager at National Parks Service, said the federal government has designated national recreation trails since the 1960s as a way of recognizing community efforts around the country in developing and preserving pathways.
“And what these trails really do is help promote the opportunity of connecting Americans with their outdoor resources," he said. "We're...increasing the health of Americans, helping them engage in outdoor skills and get them moving.”
This is the 35th trail to earn the designation in Arizona, and one of more than 1,200 across the country.