Pioneer Title Agency raises $45,000 for Arizona Trail Association

Scottsdale Take a Hike (submitted photo)

Scottsdale Take a Hike (submitted photo)

Pioneer Title Agency, including its more than a dozen offices in Maricopa County, is proud to announce the completion of its 30th Anniversary “Take a Hike” initiative, wherein the family owned business and its more than 375 team members statewide collectively hiked, biked, ran and rode all 800 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail throughout 2015.

In addition, the company set a goal of raising at least $30,000 to support the trail through the initiative, and far exceeded it, donating more than $45,000 to support the Arizona Trail Association and its mission to maintain and protect the Arizona Trail.

In the northeast Valley and Scottsdale, the local offices raised funds for and trekked across:

  • Passage 15, a moderate passage that covers nearly 30 miles across the Tortilla Mountains
  • Passage 20, a strenuous passage that covers nearly 20 miles across the Four Peaks
  • Passage 22, a strenuous passage that covers 16 miles across Saddle Mountain

“We saw this partnership as an opportunity to encourage employee wellness. We also wanted to do all we could to help promote and preserve the Arizona National Scenic Trail, which also celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015,” stated Keith Newlon, in a press release.

Mr. Newlon is president of Pioneer Title Agency, who himself kicked off the program in February 2015, hiking the first section of the trail with his wife and Pioneer co-founder, Cindy, on Valentine’s Day – both Arizona’s birthday and the anniversary of their first date.

“Perhaps not coincidentally, the concept of the Arizona Trail began about 30 years ago when Dale Shewalter sat atop Coronado Peak near the U.S./Mexico border and shared his dream of a cross-state trail with others. The nearest town to this historic location is Sierra Vista – where the Newlon family founded Pioneer Title Agency and still operate today,” stated Matthew Nelson, executive director of the Arizona Trail Association, in the release.

According to Mr. Nelson, the initial $30,000 donation will be used to help support the Trail Operations program, including the development of new signage at trailheads and along the trail, as well as supporting large volunteer trail work events so individuals across the state can help give back to the trail they use and love, while addressing some of the priority trail maintenance projects.

“Thanks to this donation, professional trail crews will also be able to trim back the severe overgrowth and fix the erosion issues along certain segments of the Arizona Trail. A portion of the funds will also be used to help connect more youth with the Arizona Trail through the Seeds of Stewardship program,” stated Mr. Nelson in the release. “In addition, thanks to the additional funds raised by Pioneer, we’ve also been able to develop and launch a trail completion award program, which will be awarded to any individuals who complete the 800 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail moving forward.”

Trail finishers will now have the choice of completion awards – a copper-plated belt buckle handmade in Arizona or a pendant of the same style.

For more information, or to make a donation to the trail, visit

To learn more about the Arizona Trail Association and its activities, visit If you have recently completed the Arizona National Scenic Trail, visit to order your Completion Award.

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