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Seven Western Trails Designated as National Recreation Trails

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Seven trails in five Western states were designated as national recreation trails on May 31, 2013 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The seven trails, located in California, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas, are among a total of 28 trails in 18 states that received the federal designation under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature.

trail_volksweg_goodpic"From coast to coast, the National Trails System helps connect American families with the wonders of the great outdoors," said Jewell.

"These 28 new national recreation trails, established through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, connect federal, state and local lands and waters to provide access to inexpensive, enjoyable outdoor activities for all Americans," Jewell added.

The announcement comes in advance of National Trails Day on June 1, 2013. The day features hundreds of organized activities including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications all around the country. A listing of activities is available on the
American Hiking Society's webpage.

The following seven trails in the West are being designated this year as national recreation trails:


nadeautrailNadeau Trail
- Within a Bureau of Land Management Special Recreation Management Area on the east side of the Argus Range in western Panamint Valley, the Nadeau Trail abounds with off-highway vehicle (OHV), wilderness hiking, and packing opportunities for history seekers and desert recreationists. The 28-mile trail is a piece of living history - it exists much as it did in the mid 1880s. Numerous four wheel drive routes off of the trail provide access to steep mountain slopes with expansive views and highly dissected desert canyons.


Sugar Bottom Mountain Biking Trail System
- Set in rugged terrain surrounding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Coralville Reservoir on the Iowa River, 13 miles of trail are arranged as a one-way system of loops to create an extended continuous riding experience and serve riders of all skill levels. For sustainability and reduced maintenance, soil and high water challenges have been addressed with careful design. Sugar Bottom is essentially the birthplace of mountain biking in Iowa, inspiring trails and clubs throughout the state.

Volksweg Trail - Volksweg is a Dutch word meaning "people's path," and this trail serves as a path connecting the picturesque city of Pella to the recreation areas of Lake Red Rock on the Des Moines River. The trail traverses timbered areas, restored prairies, pine plantations, and open fields while offering spectacular views of the lake. It is maintained through a combined effort by the Marion County Conservation Board, the city of Pella, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.


Pomme de Terre Multipurpose Trail
- This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trail, located in Bolivar Landing on the southern portion of Pomme de Terre Lake, provides enjoyment for horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. The looped trail has several smaller loops, adding up to nearly 20 miles. The scenic trail winds through various types of terrain. The Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen keep the trail traffic flowing by contributing countless hours of volunteer labor.

Running River Trail - Located in Outlet Park just below Pomme de Terre Dam, this 3.1-mile looped trail meanders along the Pomme de Terre River and through a fine stand of timber. Designed for walking, jogging, and biking, the trail is a Healthy Active Community collaborative effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hermitage School District, Hickory County Health Department, and Hickory County Community Improvement Coalition to promote healthier lifestyles.


sierravistatrailSierra Vista Trail
- Built by the Bureau of Land Management, local mountain biking and running groups, and many volunteers for mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian use, this 29-mile trail runs the length of the west side of the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces. The trail provides spectacular views of the mountains jutting majestically above the desert floor, and is a safe, convenient, and relatively easy way to explore the Chihuahuan Desert.


Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail
- This nine-mile hike and bike path runs through the middle of Brownsville and ends north of the city at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Trail users experience the natural environment of South Texas, observing up close the beauty of the resacas (former Rio Grande River tributaries), palm trees, mesquites, and wildlife. The trail connects significant historic and cultural resources, provides healthy lifestyle benefits, and gives residents a safe transportation alternative.

Joining a Bigger Network

"Today's trails span 18 states and join a network of more than 1,200 previously designated trails that total more than 15,000 miles," said Jarvis. "As we get ready to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, I encourage everyone to get outside and explore one of these great trails."

National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Communities and other partners supporting the establishment of the new national recreation trails receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Jewell, and a set of national recreation trail markers.

The national recreation trail program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the
national recreation trails website.