Comments Needed to Support Mountain Biking at Saguaro National Park (AZ)
Public comments are now being accepted regarding a special regulation to allow bicycle access to a trail within Arizona's Saguaro National Park. Your support of enhanced mountain bike access is critical.
Take Action! Submit the below comments at Regulations.gov.
Special Regulation to Authorize Bicycle Use on Hope Camp Trail.
I support the proposed regulation to allow bicycles on Hope Camp Trail in Saguaro National Park. The special regulation to allow bicycles on the Hope Camp Trail should be promulgated because:
1) Bicycles were allowed on this dirt road before the property was acquired by the NPS.
2) Bicycle access on Hope Camp trail is not controversial because the area is not recommended or designated as Wilderness.
3) Bicycle access is consistent with the 2009 Comprehensive Trails Management Plan.
4) The Hope Camp trail provides a vital connection between Tucson and the Arizona Trail.
Having this connectivity would allow riders to use the City of Tucson as a starting or ending destination when riding the southern sections of the Arizona Trial that head south into the Rincon Valley. The Arizona Trail Association is working to find a route that will allow cyclists to also travel north from Tucson.
This is a chance to advance an important principle that bicycles are a low-impact recreational opportunity that is compatible with the mission of the National Park Service. We need to let National Park Service know that our community still supports the local efforts for improved access for mountain biking in Saguaro National Park.
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