At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga will host a ribbon cutting event at the north end of Tusayan. This is to celebrate the new trailhead and parking lot located in the Kaibab National Forest. This is just one of several new park facilities that promote healthy outdoor activities. The 100 new parking spaces will serve those using the Tusayan Greenway, those using the Tusayan seasonal shuttle and will also serve as a trailhead for the Arizona Trail.
The completion of the Tusayan Greenway brings the trail system to about 18 1/2 miles of bike-able, hike-able, trails in the South Rim area. The Arizona Trail, a system of trails that go from the Mexican border on the south to the Utah border on the north will be enhanced by having a trailhead that is accessible in that same location.
The Tusayan Shuttle will end service on September 7th but that will be a great feature for next season to have a parking area where people can leave their vehicles and take the shuttle into the Park.
After the ribbon cutting, you can go to the new Bike Rental and Cafe at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza for an open house. Bright Angel Bicycles, LLC has the park’s first contract for bike rentals and food service. They offer bike rentals and repairs, guided bike tours, coffee, sandwiches and snacks.
If you will be in the area, you should make it a point to join in the fun. “The public are invited to attend and encouraged to bring their bicycles and ride to the open house afterward – a 13-mile round-trip ride.” For more information visit the National Park website.