Sweetwater Preserve, ArizonaPhoto credit: Josh Schachter

Residents of Arizona exult in exploring its deserts and canyons, running its rivers, and scaling its peaks. We also appreciate close-to-home parks and trails that connect us to nature and the places we love. The Trust for Public Land works throughout Arizona to create parks and protect land where all Southwesterners can experience nature. We’ve helped to build local, national, and state parks and recreation areas, establish trails, and conserve Southwestern cultural landscapes, farms, and forests.

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Arizona projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Nogales Park Plan, AZ

The city of Nogales asked The Trust for Public Land to help build a 20-acre park in a park-poor area of the city on Western Avenue.

Cedar Springs, Arizona

Cedar Springs is just 30 minutes from downtown Flagstaff and 45 minutes from the Grand Canyon. TPL successfully approached the landowner--who had a long, dedicated history of conservation--with the proposal that Cedar Springs become Arizona's first FLP project.

Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona

The Trust for Public Land helped acquire an unprotected property near the park's main entrance for the National Park Service, ensuring that development will not mar the natural beauty of this "wonderland of rocks."


The high-quality native grasslands of southeast Arizona provide critical wildlife habitat in one of the most biologically diverse corners of North America. Birds, bats, deer, and the endangered jaguar are only some of the species that live in and around the Chiricahua and Dos Cabezas mountain ranges, known as “sky island” mountains because of the way they rise abruptly above the surrounding countryside, supporting a diversity of natural habitat. The area is also is home to popular outdoor recreation destinations, such as Fort Bowie National Historic Site and Chiricahua National Monument.

Coal Mine Canyon, Patagonia, Arizona

The Trust for Public Land and Arizona Game and Fish have protected more than 3,400 acres for management by Arizona State Parks as part of the adjacent Sonoita Creek State Natural Area.

Granite Dells, AZ

The City of Prescott asked The Trust for Public Land to help implement an open space plan to help protect the Granite Dells, massive boulders of ancient, weathered rock just outside the city.

Hancock Ranch is part of the red rock area of Sedona

The Hancock Ranch was one of the last large private parcels in Sedona's Red Rock area, a region known for its stunning red sandstone cliffs and formations.

Horseshoe Ranch, AZ. Agua Fria National Monument,

This historic ranch headquarters is wholly surrounded by the 71,000-acre Aqua Fria National Monument, which contains critical wildlife habitat and an extensive network of Native American sites.

Coal Mine Canyon, Arizona

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect Arizona's stunning landscapes as well as the water that helps sustain both human and animal life in the arid climate of the Southwest.

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Fewer than 10 miles from Clarkdale lies the 139-acre Packard Ranch, a side door into the Coconino and Prescott National Forests and a "hole in the donut" of protected lands.


In Arizona we have helped create parks access to underserved communities in Nogales and Queens Creek and have protected natural areas near Tuscon and Prescott.

Queen Creek, AZ

Working with the town and a local developer, The Trust for Public Land purchased an 80-acre site for a new community park and recreation complex.

Rincon Creek in Saguaro National Park

This rare Sonoran Desert creek is the only water body within popular Saguaro National Park. Residents of nearby Tucson and visitors from across the world come to hike the park’s scenic trails and enjoy thick stands of its attractive namesake cactus, a universal symbol of the desert Southwest.

Photo of a kid at Roger's Lake

The gateway to Rogers Lake is now protected through the purchase of a key 80-acre property by The Trust for Public Land and Coconino County Parks. This will ensure quality access to an extraordinary wetland area surrounded by ponderosa pine and gambel oak forest. Recreational amenities include a 6 mile non-motorized trail system (hiking, mountain biking and equestrian), two trailheads, and a watchable wildlife viewing platform, to enjoy bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and more.


Saguaro National Park, located adjacent to the city of Tucson has over a million visitors each year. In addition to protecting the beautiful landscape of the Sonoran Desert, including large forests of the namesake saguaro cacti, the Park provides visitors with over 190 miles of trails, a popular outdoor destination for both local residents and tourists from around the world. Since [year of first Saguaro project] The Trust for Public Land has protected [##] acres in and around Saguaro National Park, improving access and connectivity to Tucson's big backyard.

Photo of a hiker at the Desert in the Santa Teresa Mountains

The Santa Teresa Wilderness Area is a majestic landscape of peaks, canyons, and picturesque rock formations, is part of Arizona's Sky Island region—but its remote location has made access difficult even for experienced wilderness visitors. The Trust for Public Land worked with Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish, and a local sportsmen group to acquire an adjacent 600-acre ranch and construct a primitive road up to the wilderness boundary. The ranch is now protected by the Bureau of Land Management.

Sears Point, Arizona

The Trust for Public Land helped conserve 225 acres at Sears Point for the Bureau of Land Management, ensuring better protection for the site's historic artifacts and for building interpretive trails.

Sweetwater Preserve, Arizona

In 2001, TPL purchased one of the largest remaining tracts of undeveloped land in the Tucson Mountains, at the request of the Tucson Mountain Association. TPL held the property until 2004, when Pima County voters approved a $174-million open space measure, funding its addition to the Sweetwater Preserve.

TPL helped the city protect an additional four acres adjacent to this Phoenix landmark preventing development at the edge of this picturesque desert landscape.