Input sought on Arizona Trail work

The Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest seeks public input on a proposed alignment of the Arizona Trail.

The Arizona Trail is planned to be a continuous, 800-mile, non-motorized trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah, linking deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people. Currently 94 percent of the trail is complete.

On the Tusayan Ranger District, the Arizona Trail traverses 40 miles from north to south. Currently the trail ends at the Tusayan Bike Trailhead, a quarter mile north of Tusayan and a half mile south of the Grand Canyon National Park south entrance.

The Tusayan Ranger District would like to construct a temporary half mile trail on the west side of state Highway 64 that connects the distance from the park boundary to the Tusayan Bike Trailhead. The half-mile trail would be temporary because Grand Canyon National Park officials have proposed constructing the Greenway Trail, which would stretch from the park to Tusayan on the east side of the highway.

The Greenway alignment would eventually become the permanent trail.

To create the temporary half-mile trail, a path - about two and a half feet in width - would be scraped the entire distance from the park boundary to the Tusayan Bike Trailhead. Also, three carsonite sign posts would be installed.

No tree or rock removal is required. Also, no waterbars or switchbacks are needed. The route is located approximately 150 feet west of the highway right-of-way.

Please send your written comments about this proposal to Joe McCurry, Tusayan Ranger District, P.O. Box 3088, Grand Canyon, Ariz., 86023.

Submit verbal comments by calling 638-2443, or e-mail to comments-southwestern-kaibab-tusayan@fs.fed.us.

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