Work is expected to begin soon on the restoration of a 5.5-mile network of trails inside the Fort Tuthill County Park just to the south of Flagstaff.
The County of Coconino has issued a Request for Proposals for renovation and maintenance of the trails, work that will include the finishing of the 4-foot wide Soldiers Trail, which is also used for horse traffic.
Work is also scheduled for the single track Bridge Trail, which is specifically designed for hiking; while an existing 1-mile trail that, according to county documents, suffers from “poor design and erosion issues,” will be removed entirely.
The new replacement trail will be roughed with mechanized equipment and will require vegetation clearing and hand finishing.
Sections of the older trail that have been moved elsewhere will be restored and seeded.
The project will also require the installation of nearly two dozen new signs.
The overall 413-acre park, located at 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, is home to the annual Coconino County Fair and was used as a training camp for Arizona’s National Guard during both World Wars I and II.
By Garry Boulard
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