Tucson native Neil Stitzer is a 2010 graduate of the University of Colorado, where he received a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies with a minor in Energy Sciences. While in Colorado Neil developed a love for mountain biking and hiking, as well as the trails that make these activities possible.
Volunteering on construction of the Arizona National Scenic Trail (AZNST) in the Tucson area led to employment as a trail crew member for the National Park Service and The Town of Marana. Neil spent time at both Coronado and Chiricahua National Monuments performing trail maintenance. With Marana Parks and Recreation, Neil was the trail crew leader for trail construction and maintenance in Tortolita Mountain Park, and was involved in the design, layout and construction stages for sustainable, multi-use trails within the park since 2011, including the widely acclaimed Ridgeline Trail.
Neil presented on Marana’s trails at the Arizona Parks & Recreation conference (2015) and was an attendee at the International Trails Symposium (2015).
He was the lead designer in the project to find a reroute for the Ripsey Wash segment of the AZNST in Pinal County. Phase 1 involved reviewing two trail bypass options, totaling 26 miles. Phase 2 was a 6-mile grade stake alignment for the proposed reroute.
Along with Mark, he designed and surveyed the alignment for a proposed Mid-Slope trail in Sabino Canyon in the Coronado National Forest.
In 2017 Neil joined Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, where he has been involved in trail planning, design and construction. Neil has spent hundreds of hours operating trail building machinery, primary a mini excavator, as well as leading hand building crews.
As an avid trail user, Neil understands what makes an outstanding experience for hikers, bikers and equestrians. He has incorporated this understanding into his design, as well as the importance of sustainability.