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Adopt A Trail Program

About the Program
The Adopt A Trail Program is designed to help maintain and improve trails in the Town of Oro Valley, by providing an outlet for community and interest groups to assist in trail maintenance. The Town of Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department’s Adopt A Trail Program (AAT) was established in January 2004. It was modeled after the Town’s Adopt A Roadway program as well as successful Adopt A Trail programs throughout the United States. The program provides land stewardship, physical fitness, and instills a sense of pride and ownership for volunteers, fostering a closer connection to the community and to the environment. Trails provide a recreation outlet in Oro Valley, which is a requirement for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They preserve open space and animal habitat, which assist in maintaining the health of the environment.

Adopt A Trail Brochure

The Town of Oro Valley’s program is designed to help beautify Oro Valley by facilitating trash removal and performing maintenance activities on the trails within the Town. By adopting a trail, civic and other nonprofit organizations help to generate civic pride in their community, thus creating economic benefits to all the citizens of the Town of Oro Valley. By helping to maintain a trail, the trails can remain accessible and enjoyable to all users. This basic maintenance includes removing downed logs, brush and rocks, correcting drainage problems, and repairing trail tread. Strenuous cleanup activities are reported to the AAT Coordinator for re-assignment to Parks and Recreation Division employees.

The objectives of the Adopt A Trail Program are:

  • To clear, maintain, upgrade and mark existing hiking, biking, and equestrian trails
  • To teach organizational, outdoor, and safety skills
  • To encourage volunteer participation
  • To publicize and encourage use of the trail system

How to Participate
Interested organizations should contact the Adopt A Trail Coordinator. Interested groups may include scout groups, youth groups, special interest clubs, families, schools, and private industry groups. The Coordinator will explain and discuss the AAT Program with a responsible representative of the interested organization, emphasizing that the program requires significant physical work that must be done on a reasonably frequent basis for at least two years.

Choosing a Trail
The Town of Oro Valley’s trail system consists of trails of varying lengths, as well as different types of access (hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian). A trail can be chosen by accessing the Oro Valley Trails Task Force Report online, or by visiting the Parks and Recreation Office at 10555 N. La Canada Drive in Oro Valley. The only trails that are available for adoption at this time are those in which the Town has been given permanent access or a non-motorized public recreation easement. Longer trails can be divided into several sections that can be shared by different adopting groups.

Organization's Responsibility

  • Complete at least three cleanups and maintenance checks of the adopted trail per year. Schedule each cleanup two weeks prior to cleanup date.
  • Obtain signatures of each participant on the Special Event Waiver Form prior to each cleanup and return the completed form to the AAT Coordinator.
  • Obtain safety vests, trash cans, and other equipment at the Town of Oro Valley Public Works Division at 680 W. Calle Concordia.
  • Return safety vests, unused trash bags, and other equipment to the Town of Oro Valley Public Works Division within two working days after cleanup completion.
  • Adhere to all Town of Oro Valley Safety Rules and Regulations stated in this brochure.
  • Volunteer groups may send photos and write-ups of their trail maintenance projects for publication on the Town of Oro Valley’s Adopt A Trail Web page.

Oro Valley's Responsibility

  • Approve trail selection based on trail use and maintenance issues.
  • Provide safety training and safety rules and regulations to organization’s group supervisor for distribution to program participants.
  • Supply safety vests, trash bags, and other necessary equipment for use by volunteer organizations.
  • Remove filled trash bags from trail side and dispose of properly.
  • Erect a sign identifying the name of the volunteer organization.
  • View Adopt A Trail Safety Rules and Regulations

For more information or for a printed copy of the AAT brochure, please contact:

Nancy Ellis, AICP, CPRP, GPC, Multimodal Planner
520-229-5057 or