Grand Canyon Nat Park: South Rim Greenway Construction 09684
South Rim Greenway Construction August 2011.
Grand Canyon's greenway trail system is a multi-modal, accessible trail system that encourages non-motorized travel, complementing the park's free shuttle system which includes seasonal shuttle bus service to and from Tusayan.
Greenway III (the Tusayan Greenway), on the South Rim, consists of a 9-foot wide, compacted soil surface for pedestrians and bicyclists, with a wide shoulder area that may be used by equestrians. As funding becomes available, the compacted soil surface will be replaced with pavement. The trail is being constructed by Grand Canyon’s Trail Crew to comply with accessibility guidelines for outdoor developed areas.
“We are excited about the construction of this section of trail,” stated Park Superintendent, Dave Uberuaga, “It will not only provide visitors, employees and residents another new and green option for travel between the park and Tusayan, but it will realign the popular Arizona Trail east of Highway 64, eliminating several road crossings.”
Funding for this project was made possible through a grant received from the Federal Highway Administration’s Public Lands Highways Program. General donations to Grand Canyon National Park’s trails program also helped fund the project.
Walking and hiking Grand Canyon's many trails can provide an excellent source of exercise while allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and views of the canyon. People of all ages may enjoy walks along the scenic Rim Trail, a part of the greenway trails system, on the South Rim of the canyon. This trail offers views from many different vantage points, connects with several points of interest within the park and includes the park's Trail of Time, a walkable geologic timeline of the canyon. The park's greenway trail system is a good option for all ages, including those with young children.
For information about planning a visit to Grand Canyon National Park, visit: www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
NPS Photo by Michael Quinn