Neil Stitzer

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. An accomplished endurance mountain biker, Neil has ridden many stretches of the Arizona Trail and is very familiar with the Ripsey area.

Neil’s love of trails led him to volunteer on construction of the AZNST in the Tucson area. This led him 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 has been the Trail Crew Leader for trail construction in Tortolita Mountain Park, including the widely acclaimed Ridgeline Trail. He has been involved in the design, layout and construction stages for sustainable, multi-use trails within the park since 2011.

He was the lead designer in the project to find a reroute for the Ripsey Wash segment of the AZNST in Pinal County, which involved reviewing two options.

Neil has experience both in designing a trail corridor and detailed layout work, marking precisely where a new trail will go. 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.

A Tucson native, Neil attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he received a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies with a minor in Energy Sciences in 2010. It was in Colorado that Neil developed a love for mountain biking and hiking, as well as the trails that make these activities possible. In less than three years, he had been to the top of every mountain above 14,000 feet in Colorado. An accomplished endurance mountain biker, Neil has ridden many stretches of the Arizona Trail and is no stranger to the Ripsey area.

Interested in giving back to the trails he spent so much time on, Neil joined volunteer trail work efforts. It was at an Arizona Trail work event that Neil met Mark Flint, who connected him with work at 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 has been the Trail Crew Leader for trail construction in Tortolita Mountain Park. For the last three years he has been involved in the design, layout and construction stages for sustainable, multi-use trails within the park.

Neil has experience with preliminary, less-detailed trail layout. Most of his trail layout in Tortolita Mountain Park, however, has been detailed layout work, involving marking precisely where a new trail will go. Neil has accumulated thousands of hours on trails not just for work, but also for play. This has translated to a lot of time spent observing and assessing how different trails hold up to use and erosion, as well as the opportunity to listen to opinions from a variety of trail users. Neil has developed an understanding of what terrain will support a sustainable trail design, and what trail layout will be enjoyable for all user groups.

Neil’s love of trails led him to volunteer on construction of the Arizona National Scenic Trail in the Tucson area. This led him 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. He became a trail crew leader for Marana, and in 2017 moved to Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, where he works as a trails program manager.

Neil became a member and part-owner of Southwest Trail Solutions in 2015.