New Arizona Trail Exhibit Opens at South Rim Gateway to Grand Canyon
Starting this week, the Arizona Trail will now be celebrated worldwide. The Arizona National Scenic Trail is being showcased in a large-scale exhibit at the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan at the entrance to Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
The new Arizona National Scenic Trail Exhibit fills the National Geographic Visitor Center’s interior courtyard and features a huge map of Arizona depicting the entire trail along with wall graphics explaining the Arizona Trail’s diverse and world-class terrain, flora and fauna.
“It’s one of 11 scenic trails designated by Congress across the United States and only one of three that’s completed,” said Janet Rosener, General Manager of the National Geographic Visitor Center in a recent 12 News interview. “It’s becoming the thing to do, much like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail,” added Tom Coulson of the Arizona Trail Association in that same interview.
This spring the National Geographic Visitor Center was also a gateway community event sponsor with other Grand Canyon area businesses of The Arizona Trail Trek. Accomplished Arizona hiker, Sirena Dufault, walked the entire 817-mile-long Arizona Trail – from Arizona’s border with Mexico, through the Grand Canyon to the Utah border – during two and half months raising funds for the Arizona Trail Association from online crowd funding and from donations at gateway community events.
The Arizona Trail offers many different types of outdoor enthusiasts a challenging array of non-motorized adventure: from hiking, to mountain biking and even ultra running and horseback riding.
“Each year, the National Geographic Visitor Center receives hundreds of thousands of visitors,” said Matthew Nelson, Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association. “And for many it is their introduction to the natural wonders and human history found within Grand Canyon. Now, visitors will be surrounded by inspiring images and get an informative initial tour of the Arizona Trail the moment they step into the courtyard.”
For more information, visit explorethecanyon.com