Saguaro National Park busy repairing rutted trails
Entrance to Saguaro National Park - Credit: Eegorr | Wikimedia Commons
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - There are trenches up to 2 feet deep that cut across some trails at Saguaro National Park East. The causes include horses' hooves, storm runoff and years of natural erosion.
Park officials say they are working to repair and reroute the most severely rutted trails and some trail segments have been closed to horses to prevent more damage.
Trail crew supervisor Shelley Lane tells the Arizona Daily Star that the worst trails are those that have taken a straight line up a steep grade.
Lane says that as time and money permit, the trail crew has been rerouting badly eroded sections of trail so that it follows the contours of the land at a lesser grade and won't be as susceptible to erosion.