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Step into the Stone Age on final section of Storm Ranch Trails
Prescott’s new trail setting evokes Fred Flintstone’s hometown

Volunteers with the trail-building group, the Over the Hill Gang, were out recently building the final 0.2-mile section of the Storm Ranch Trails in the Granite Dells. Over the past year, the volunteers, along with Prescott Trails and Natural Parklands Coordinator Chris Hosking, have put about 5,500 hours of work into building the total 6.4 miles of Storm Ranch Trails. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

Volunteers with the trail-building group, the Over the Hill Gang, were out recently building the final 0.2-mile section of the Storm Ranch Trails in the Granite Dells. Over the past year, the volunteers, along with Prescott Trails and Natural Parklands Coordinator Chris Hosking, have put about 5,500 hours of work into building the total 6.4 miles of Storm Ranch Trails. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

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A new section of trail currently under construction as a part of the Storm Ranch Trails features sweeping views of the Granite Dells. The 0.2-mile trail will be called “Yabba Dabba View” because of its resemblance to Bedrock in the popular “Flintstones” cartoon. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

With its slabs of granite and enormous round boulders, Prescott’s new trail setting in the Granite Dells could easily double as a scene in the fictional Bedrock City.

In fact, the vintage cartoon locale is the theme of the new 0.2-mile section of trail in the City of Prescott’s Storm Ranch Trails.

Named “Yabba Dabba View,” the new trail plays off the “yabba dabba doo” catchphrase made popular in the 1960s-era cartoon, “The Flintstones.”

The name also alludes to the immense 360-degree views that are on display from the boulder-strewn plateau that is the trail’s main destination.

Prescott Trails and Natural Parklands Coordinator Chris Hosking says the rocky setting of the former Storm Ranch North was a natural for the Flintstone theme.

“It looks like you’re on a film set,” he said of the scenic Dells area. “It has that kind of feel — like you’re in a different world.”

The Yabba Dabba View trail is not the first of the Storm Trails to have a Flintstones-inspired name. Other nearby trails are named Bedrock City, and Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles.

“I’ve always tried to make the trail names a little noteworthy,” Hosking said, noting that entertaining names appeal especially to children. “Kids like being out on the trails,” he said.

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A new section of trail currently under construction as a part of the Storm Ranch Trails features sweeping views of the Granite Dells. The 0.2-mile trail will be called “Yabba Dabba View” because of its resemblance to Bedrock City in the popular Flintstones cartoon. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

The nearly complete Yabba Dabba View Trail marks the final section planned for the 160-acre tract that the city bought from the Storm Ranch North just more than a year ago.

In the 13 months or so since the city purchase closed escrow, Hosking estimates that he and several dozen Over the Hill Gang volunteers have put in about 5,500 hours building the Storm Trails.

On a cold, snowy morning Monday, Feb. 11, about 25 volunteers set out on the nearly 2-mile trek from the Peavine Trail to the new section, where they spent several hours moving rocks and digging a new trail surface.

Among the workers was volunteer Billy Bond, a relatively new member of the Over the Hill Gang, who wielded an axe to remove a stubborn tree root.

Bond said he joined the volunteer group, in part, because he likes “busting rocks.” The trail-building also is a good workout, he said, adding, “I’d rather do this than go to the gym.”

By the time they finished on Monday, the group had nearly finished the new trail section.

Although they had planned to return to complete the trail on Friday, Feb. 22, Hosking said this week that the predicted snowfall would likely push off the finishing work for a week or two.

With the addition of the Yabba Dabba View trail, the entire Storm Trail system will consist of about 6.4 miles.

The first of the trails — the Easter Island Trail — officially opened to the public on Easter weekend in late March 2018.

Since then, a network of trails has been added, zigzagging through the scenic land that lies on the east side of the Peavine Trail. Many of the trails offer sweeping views of Watson Lake, located west of the Peavine.

Eventually, the area through the Storm Ranch Trails is expected to connect up with the city’s planned link to Glassford Hill. Hosking said the city continues to work with the Arizona State Land Department to acquire the needed easement for that new trail section.

Once the new Yabba Dabba View Trail is complete, Hosking said the best way to access it will be via the Peavine Trail and the Easter Island Trail. Maps are posted along the route to show the various trail routes.

More information about the Storm Trails is available on the city’s website at: http://www.prescott-az.gov/recreation-area/storm-trails/.

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