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Spence Springs Trailhead construction to begin Aug. 5

Prescott National Forest will begin construction of the Spence Springs Trailhead on Aug. 5.

The project is associated with the Greater Prescott Trails Plan and the Spence Basin Trail System and will help provide safe and adequate access for hikers and mountain bikers.

The trailhead is approximately 5 miles northwest of the courthouse square in Prescott, just south of the junction of Iron Springs and Spence Springs roads. 

The informal parking that has been used along Spence Springs Road will be closed for construction starting Monday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 16. It is critical that trail users refrain from parking anywhere along Spence Springs Road during the construction timeline to ensure safe and efficient completion of the project.

The construction of this trailhead is a critical element of the Greater Prescott Trails Plan to provide access to the nearly 30 miles of new trails in the Spence Basin Trail System and alleviate road use conflicts with local residents.

In finding alternative access, please do not travel through the private community along Spence Springs Road past the trailhead location to park near the old pump house or anywhere in this vicinity. Iron Springs Trailhead about 1 mile further west on Iron Springs Road can be used as an alternative access for the trail system.

This project is being completed through generous financial support from Findlay Subaru of Prescott in partnership with Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance and City of Prescott.

The construction was authorized in the 2016 Greater Prescott Trails Plan developed with the community, local partners and trail user groups. When completed, the trailhead will provide parking for 14 vehicles, as well as a kiosk with maps and trail information.

Long-term plans include a vault toilet and picnic tables when funding becomes available. 

The Forest Service thanked residents for being patient during the work, which will provide better access to public lands.

Trail users and visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain information on alternate trail opportunities via the following:

Prescott NF Forest Website:

Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.

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