Navajo Nation Trails

From October 2015 through the summer of 2017, Neil and Mark participated in an advisory capacity to a task force formed to create, nurture and propagate the Navajo Nation Trails Initiative (NNTI). Southwest Trail Solutions provided pro bono assistance and training in all aspects of trail system design and construction, with emphasis on “big picture” planning and principles of sustainability. Visiting the Nation monthly, Neil and Mark were able to reach many of the communities and share their knowledge.

The purpose of the NNTI is to provide trails to enhance community physical, emotional and spiritual health as well as distance trails to promote ecotourism.

The Navajo Nation, which is the size of New England, includes some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and many routes will quickly become popular ecotourism destinations.

Southwest Trail Solutions adopted this project as a way of helping the Navajo People develop this system themselves. The objective was not to be some kind of “trails Santa,” but rather share skills and knowledge so the people who live in the Navajo Nation – and have an intimate connection with and knowledge of the land – can create a trail system that reflects their values and needs.

 

36th St. Trailhead

Tucson Mountain Park is an-ever evolving trail system that’s had quite a bit of new trail added to it in the last couple years. Located close to town and near the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort, this system is very popular with hikers, trail runners, resort guests, and mountain bikers. TMP has numerous trailheads which allow easy access from any direction.

As an employee of Pima County, Mark Flint has been involved in planning, design, volunteer coordination and construction project management for these trails.

Ridgeline Trail

The Ridgeline Trail, located in the Tortolita Mountains, offers stunning views, including Picacho Peak to the north, the Catalina Mountains to the east and several mountain ranges south and west of the Tortolitas.

Mark provided design and construction project management consulting services, and Neil was construction crew leader while working for the Town of Marana.

Sweetwater

Sweetwater is a highly popular scenic trail system located West of Sweetwater Drive, on Tortolita Road off of El Camino Del Cerro.

As an employee of Pima County, Mark Flint has been involved in planning, design, volunteer coordination and construction project management for these trails.

Robles Pass Mountain Park

Robles is a 16-mile trail system that was added to Tucson Mountain Park. It is located between the Ajo Highway, Mission Road and Irvington Road, and is accessible from Tucson Mountain Park via the Explorer Trail.

As an employee of Pima County, Mark Flint was involved in planning, design, and construction project management for this trails park.

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