TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Work began on Feb. 22 on the Mica View Trail from the Broadway Trailhead to Mica View Picnic area, closing the area to recreational use. This closure is expected to last through May.
"We are pleased to be improving access through the historic cactus forest for all of our visitors," according to Superintendent Darla Sidles. "This project will make it easier for visitors with limited mobility to enjoy this iconic landscape and their backyard national park."
The trail will reopen and will be suitable for visitors of various abilities, it will also meet ADA standards for outdoor recreation trails. According to a recent release this will be the second ADA trail available in the SNP - Rincon Mtn Dist.
Unfortunately due to the upgrades and soil stabilizer required to raise the trail to ADA standards the trail will be closed to horseback riding once the upgrades are complete. There will be alternate routes for horseback riders to get to the picnic area from the Broadway Trailhead.
"Finding a balance between providing ADA access and providing for our traditional equestrian use has been a priority for Saguaro National Park since the project was conceived as part of the Comprehensive Trails Plan, approved in 2009," said Superintendent Sidles. "This work brings us one step closer to that balance."
Both the Mica View Picnic Area and the Broadway Trailhead will remain open during the construction. Access to Mica View Picnic Area from Broadway Trailhead is still available through the Cactus Forest Trail, to the east, which links to the Mica View Trail south of the picnic area. Please use caution around any equipment or materials being stored at the worksite.