By: Cholla Rose Nicoll, Borderlands Wildlife Preserve Coordinator
The Borderlands Wildlife Preserve (BWP) is managed primarily to protect and restore a corridor for migratory wildlife. This passageway links mountain range habitats of the Arizona Sky Islands and those of northcentral Mexico. In addition to restoration and habitat conservation, the BWP is a place for people to enjoy and use for low impact recreational activities respectfully. We are happy to announce a new partnership with Arizona Trail Association (ATA) that will allow easier access for people to enjoy the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZT) and BWP adjoining trails.
In partnership with the ATA, Wildlife Corridors LLC has created a formal easement to build a trailhead and half-acre parking area along with a short connector trail to access the AZT off Casa Blanca Canyon Road, about 5 miles north of the Town of Patagonia. This new trailhead will access the Arizona Trail and the Cross Corridor Trail within the BWP. A formal kiosk will be on site with more details on the area and trail usage.
The AZT and Cross Corridor Trail allow non-motorized uses, primarily hiking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding. Dogs are welcome on the AZT traveling through the BWP but must remain leashed and on the trail. Dogs are not permitted on the BWP trail adjoining the AZT, the Cross Corridor Trail. As a multi-use trail, it is crucial to respect guidelines for all users' safety and allow for the continued multi-use status to stay in place. Please read over the additional policies provided at the kiosk and other onsite signage.
The official opening of the new Little Casa Blanca Canyon Trailhead will be Saturday, June 4 beginning with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony that will take place at the parking area trailhead at 8am. The public and trail enthusists are welcome to join the ribbon cutting ceremony and are invited to explore this unique access point after that time. We hope you enjoy the trails as much as we do!
Please reach out with any questions to Cholla Nicoll at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, please visit their website.
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