A new 27-mile trail system in Sedona is in the works.

According to the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition's website, the Western Gateway Trail System will offer 16 miles of new trail, eight miles of trails from the Red Rock Trail System, and three miles of existing trail reroutes. The new miles, meant to help reduce crowding on already existing trails, will be available to cyclists, hikers, equestrians and runners.

Work on the new system, which is set to add 15 trails that range in difficulty levels, is planned to begin in the fall of 2018, according to the VVCC. Completed planning is set to be finished by the following summer. 

The Forest Service trails will be on the Coconino National Forest in western Sedona’s Dry Creek area. Estimated costs, according to the VVCC, are expected to exceed $500,000. They will connect with other areas, such as the existing Upper Dry Creek Trail System.

The Flagstaff and Coconino high schools, in addition to Basis Flagstaff and Northland Prep Academy, each have cycling teams that race in the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League. The trails could provide more practice locations for the riders as the sport continues to grow.

This past season, Coconino just formed a team, and Flagstaff High and Northland Prep finished in the top five of the overall standings in Division I.

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