Trailhead Encounters educate mountain visitors - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Community Focus

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Trailhead Encounters educate mountain visitors

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:49 am

A new partnership between Phoenix Parks and Recreation, Arizona Game and Fish, Liberty Wildlife and REI is offering residents and visitors to South Mountain a deeper look at what makes South Mountain Preserve special.

Sue Arbogast, park ranger supervisor at South Mountain Park, said the city used to have regular classes and ranger-led hikes to educate park users. When budget cuts forced them to reduce their staff many of those programs went away. Now, by partnering with many local nonprofits, the city has created Trailhead Encounters to bring some of those education opportunities back.

“Our main focus for preserving what we have of this national treasure is to educate people,” Arbogast said. “A lot of times people just don’t understand how dangerous it is to go off trail or hike without water. We try to do public education often.”

The Trailhead Encounters at South Mountain will run every two weeks, beginning this Sunday and ending on Dec. 16, at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center or the Pima Canyon Trailhead.

On Sept. 16 the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Phoenix Park Rangers will give participants a chance to examine bones of various animals from 1 to 3 p.m. at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave.

On Sept. 30 visitors will have a chance to get up close and personal with live rescued birds and on Oct. 14 staff from Arizona Game and Fish will take hikers on a nature walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All of the events are free and no registration is required.

Arbogast said the biggest issues at South Mountain are with hikers staying on the trails, cleaning up after themselves, and making sure they have enough water. With continued opportunities for learning, the city hopes residents will become more educated before they hike the mountain.

For more information on the trailhead encounters, visit the Trails and Preserve section of or call the South Mountain Environmental Education Center at (602) 262-7393.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Facebook on Facebook

Twitter on Twitter


Subscribe to via RSS

RSS Feeds


Uber Car

Ahwatukee Little League 11s win district title

Ahwatukee Little League Minors topped Chandler National North to win the District 13 title.

Despite excessive heat, some residents still active outside

By Jiahui Jia | Cronkite NewsFriday, June 24, 2016PHOENIX — It was 9 a.m. and the temperature had...

Online poll