Hawes Trail Etiquitte

Have Fun & Be Safe

Photo Cred: Josh Weinberg

Trail Etiquitte

Leave No Trace Behind


Ride on Marked Trails only

Erosion sucks to fix

Who Yields to who?

  1. Bikers Yield To Hikers and Horses
  2. Hikers Yield To Horses
  3. Horses Yield to Nobody

Stay in Control

Keep Bike, Dog, and Kids in Control and stay alert of other trail users.


Bring Extra Water (Air and Tubes)

Hawes Trails are in the Arizona Desert.
Water is scarce and cactus and sharp rocks pop tires.

Don't Complain - Come Join us!

If you want something changed on the trails, kindly come to our next trail maintenance, trail build, or community meeting to talk about your ideas. 

Animals you'll Encounter

Please Be Respectful and Give Them Space
Rattle Snakes & Gila Monsters are Poisonous! No Touchy! Please go around or turn around.

After a normal Arizona rain storm the trails are sticky and fast for up to 24-48 hours. You have plenty of time to enjoy perfect dirt, but just make sure the trails are mostly clear of water, and avoid any riding through the random puddled sections.

Riding on Wet Trails

As local Arizona natives we do not see rain that often. When we do see rain, it unleashes the best desert smells along with the best dirt for Mountain Biking. HOWEVER, riding after or during a heavy rain storm can seriously damage trails and be dangerous for the users. First of all, when the trails are super muddy you will cause some serious damage and erosion. Think about your tire tracks you will leave behind to corrupt the system. We want you to have fun, but please be respectful and think long term.

Please remember to not go through the Washes when they are full of water.  We don’t see this often. We don’t know how deep it is, or how fast it moves. Common sense says if the trail is not visible please do not cross. That is dangerous. As seen here, this is a wash doing its job after a big rain. Just remember all the washes are normally bone dry. 

Stop it

Illegal Traill Building

If you see anyone secretly building trails, please tell them to stop and to submit their trail ideas to the Hawes Trail Alliance.

Our goal is to make a sustainable trail system. Ultimately, in order to have a sustainable trail system we need: Maps that make sense, Trails that are legal, and an organization that can make things happen. The Hawes Trail Alliance is here to help and we want to keep this area open for public use. We are all volunteers, we all love the Hawes System and we want to see it grow correctly.

Together working with Tonto National Forest Service to establish designated trail heads and a system that works we can keep this awesome spot land open for recreational use.

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