North Kaibab to extend popular Rainbow Rim trail by eight miles

Rainbow Rim is a popular mountain bike trail that allows overlooks of the Grand Canyon.Above: about 25 cycling enthusiasts gathered along the Rainbow Rim Trail the weekend of Sept. 28-29, 2012 to learn about sustainable trail design from trainers with the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Photo/USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

Rainbow Rim is a popular mountain bike trail that allows overlooks of the Grand Canyon.Above: about 25 cycling enthusiasts gathered along the Rainbow Rim Trail the weekend of Sept. 28-29, 2012 to learn about sustainable trail design from trainers with the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Photo/USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

FREDONIA, Ariz. - Outdoor recreation lovers will soon have some additional opportunities to enjoy the Kaibab Plateau as well as breathtaking overlooks of the Grand Canyon. The North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest will begin work this year to extend the popular Rainbow Rim trail by an additional eight miles.

Constructed in the 1980s, the Rainbow Rim trail is 18 miles of breathtaking single-track mountain biking with truly unique terrain and views that attract riders and hikers alike.

There is currently no other location of public land where outdoor enthusiasts can mountain bike along the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Following an internal environmental analysis and public comment and scoping periods, the district signed a decision memo in November to allow for construction of up to eight miles of trail extending east off of the existing trail.

The new trail extension groundwork will begin in June pending the availability of money to pay for a trail crew.

More information is available by contacting Recreation and Lands Specialist Missy Spandl at (928) 643-8120 or mmspandl@fs.fed.us.

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