Citizen Hiker

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“It gets them off their cell phones,” Kevin Adams, co-founder of Verde Valley Wheel Fun, says of the kids in his program. Based in the Sedona-Oak Creek area, it’s a multi-faceted project for students in grades three through 12 that promotes interest and involvement in all aspects of mountain bicycling. Established in 2019, the Arizona Qualified Charitable Organization oversees the program, which provides bikes, helmets, hydration packs and training at no charge to participating students....

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For Roy J. DuPrez, founder and owner of Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Recovery, getting and staying clean and sober is all about accountability. He ought to know. A self-described recovering alcoholic and survivor of the Venice Beach party scene, DuPrez credits his 1993 move to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University as instrumental in turning his life around. “As a young guy back in California, I saw gangs and a culture of substance abuse as just...

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Like most investments with the potential of big dividends, the planning and development of long-distance trails starts with a vision and comes to fruition with persistence, cooperation and a whole lot of patience. The seeds for the Sun Corridor Trail began about eight years ago with a casual conversation among trail advocates at a brainstorming session. “The idea grew organically,” says R.J. Cardin, director of Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and one of the...

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