The Importance of Trail Design and Sustainability
In addition to meeting user needs by providing a quality experience, well-designed and constructed trails minimize erosion and keep maintenance costs to a minimum. In the Southwest, soil types and volume/velocity of rainfall create unique challenges.
In our years of experience in designing, building and maintaining trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding we have developed design and construction criteria that have proven to be sustainable. In addition to reduced maintenance costs, sustainable trails protect resources by minimizing erosion effects on plants, habitat and cultural resources as well as discouraging development of social trails to bypass eroded trail.
Sustainable trails, properly designed, provide users with a quality, enjoyable experience, and reduce the temptation to travel off-trail.