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Volunteers needed for Tucson Mountain Park trail building and restoration

Hiking in the parks of the Tucson Mountains provides beautiful views, showcases desert plants and wildlife, and affords great exercise opportunities, but those trails do require plenty of effort to build and maintain.

Pima County is calling for volunteers to assist in building 2.5 miles of trails at the Painted Hills Trails Park and help with Enchanted Hills Trail Park's ongoing restoration efforts.

A volunteer event for the Painted Hills area will be held on Saturday, July 3 from 6-10 a.m. at the Painted Hills Trailhead, 3590 W. Anklam Rd., said Marcia Zamorano, a Pima County spokeswoman.

The Painted Hills trail system will include four new miles of trails, along with seven new miles trails at the Enchanted Hills area, she said.

Both trail systems are located on Tucson's West Side bordering the county-owned Tucson Mountain Park.

No previous experience is required to help Pima County trails staff with new trail construction and restoration efforts and "trails are suitable for all ability levels and user groups," Zamorano said.

Tucson Mountain Park makes up 21,000 acres of protected natural desert environment and is one of the largest natural areas owned and managed by a local government in the United States, according to Pima County's Painted Hills at Tucson Mountain Park proposed trail and recreational development plan.

Individuals interested in supporting Pima County trail projects and natural area restoration, registering for the Painted Hills volunteer event, or getting more info on Enchanted Hills restoration efforts, can contact Neil Stitzer at neil.stitzer@pima.gov or 520-724-5239.

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Volunteers help with Pima County trail efforts.