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Arizona’s Newest Hiking Trail

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Flagstaff, Ariz. -- National Trail Day marked the introduction of Arizona’s newest trail, the Two Spot Trail located at Coconino County Rogers Lake Natural Area outside of Flagstaff.

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This weekend volunteers, Coconino National Forest officials and Coconino County administrators gathered to work on the new Two Spot Trail. Arizona’s newest trail is named after Two Spot, the steam locomotive which was used starting in 1917 during the area's historic lumbering era . The locomotive is currently located near the southeast of the corner of Route 66 and San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff.

Rogers Lake Natural Area which preserves 2,250 acres of land, including 1,400 acres of wetland, is a relatively new county entity that was purchased at auction in 2010. The big, open area provides grand views of the San Francisco Peaks which includes Mount Humphreys, Arizona's tallest peak. According to Coconino County website,

Rogers Lake is a regionally significant high-elevation wetland important to numerous wildlife species, including elk, black bear, pronghorn, bald eagles, and migrating waterfowl.

The area has been designated as one of 30 watchable wildlife areas in northern Arizona. Herds of up to 700 elk move through the area and can be seen in the late summer and fall. Early spring and summer are good times to see antelope. Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience (AWWE) offers an audio guide for Roger Lake at which can be downloaded on your electronic device.

Geoffrey Gross, CCPR Parks Projects Coordinator welcomed individuals and volunteers from local groups including the Flagstaff Biking Organization, Coconino Rural Environmental Corps, Coconino Trail Riders, American Conservation Experience, City of Flagstaff, and the Coconino National Forest that helped with the trail construction during National Trails Day.

The second newest Arizona trail, the adjacent Gold Digger Trail, was completed last week. Both trails are open for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Directions: From Flagstaff take West Route 66 to Woody Mountain Road. Drive south approximately 7.0 miles to Rogers Lake Natural Area.