New Carrillo Trail to open in Saguaro National Park East - Tucson News Now

New Carrillo Trail to open in Saguaro National Park East

Carrillo Trail before improvements and re-route (Source: Saguaro National Park) Carrillo Trail before improvements and re-route (Source: Saguaro National Park)
Crews working on new and improved Carrillo Trail (Source: Saguaro National Park) Crews working on new and improved Carrillo Trail (Source: Saguaro National Park)
Map for new Carrillo Trail (Source: Saguaro National Park) Map for new Carrillo Trail (Source: Saguaro National Park)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After two weeks of preparation the Saguaro National Park will reopen a new section of Carrillo Trail in the Rincon Mountains.

These newly re-routed sections for Carrillo Trail will open to the public on Feb. 19, according to a National Parks release.

Many improvements were made to the trail, including re-routing several sections due to degraded condition and the too steep terrain.  

"The steep portion of the old trail was deeply rutted because the trail tracks directly up a hill, without switchbacks to divert water off the path," stated Brad Shattuck Facilities Manager for Saguaro National Park in a release.  "This rutting increase erosion, decreases water quality, isn't sustainable and isn't pleasant to walk in especially when wet."

Crews have worked for two weeks to get the trail ready for use; the new trail is located just to the east of the old Carrillo Trail.  The 0.7 mile reroute provides more variety in scenery, as well as a more pleasant hiking, riding and trail running experience stated the SNP release. 

The old trail will be closed and replanted to help stabilize the area and prevent additional erosion when the re-routed section opens.

For more on the Carrillo Trail please visit www.nps.gov/sagu.

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