National Trails Day celebrated this Saturday with dedication, hike

National Trails Day will be celebrated in a big way Saturday with the dedication of the Castle Rock Trail one mile north and west of Kingman in the foothills of the Cerbat Mountains.

Sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the city of Kingman and the Mohave County Trails Association, the dedication ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.

at the Camp Beale Loop Trailhead, located on Fort Beale Drive near the Clack Canyon Road junction.

"We want to invite the public to come to the dedication, and hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the mile and a half up the trail to where Castle Rock Trail and Camp Beale Loop Trail intersect," said BLM planner Bruce Asbjorn.

Those who hike, bike or ride horseback to the junction will be eligible for prizes: gift certificates from local businesses, passes for complimentary bowling, lip balm and other items.

National Trails Day is normally celebrated on June 1, but because the desert is hot in June it will be celebrated earlier here and throughout the Southwest, Asbjorn said.

Castle Rock Trail was built as a partnership between the city of Kingman, BLM and the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund.

The Heritage Fund receives money from the state lottery.

The six-mile trail has taken two years to complete, and is part of a trail network within the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area managed by BLM and the city of Kingman, Asbjorn said.

The motto for this year's National Trails Day is "Get outside and hike for your health."