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Agencies Break Ground for New Arizona Heritage Trail

News Release Date:
November 22, 2019

Pictured (left to right) Bureau of Land Management Assistant District Manager for the SNPLMA Division Robert Wandel, Former Bureau of Reclamation Regional Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Bill Martin, Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady, Lake Mead National Recreation Area Superintendent Margaret Goodro, Mohave County Supervisor (District 2) Hildy Angius, Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp, Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter, Bullhead City Mascot Bravo the Bull

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: November 22, 2019
Release No.: 2019-46
Contact: 702-293-8691

Agencies Break Ground for New Arizona Heritage Trail

BULLHEAD CITY, Arizona - The future of recreation was celebrated in Mohave County, Arizona, Nov. 22 as multiple city, county and federal agencies gathered to break ground for the Arizona Heritage Trail along the Colorado River.

The future multi-use trail will travel through Lake Mead National Recreation Area and across the Davis Dam, connecting to the Colorado River Heritage Trail in Nevada.

'Today is a great day for recreation,' said Margaret Goodro, Lake Mead National Recreation Area superintendent. 'Public servants over the past 20 years have helped to design this and support it and make sure that it came to reality.'

According to Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady, the idea for the trail began in 1999 when the Bureau of Reclamation developed a model plan for the loop trail project. In 2012, the Nevada portion was completed, and in 2016, Reclamation was awarded a $6.7 million Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act grant to complete the Arizona portion.

'The continuation of the dream is now coming true,' said Brady. 'As the Mayor of Bullhead City, I wish to thank everyone who had a hand in making this a reality. We open a new chapter in the progress of Bullhead City, Laughlin, Clark County, Mohave County and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.'

'This trail comes at the best time in the evolution of Bullhead City and Mohave County,' added Mohave County Supervisor (District 2) Hildy Angius. 'Our community is booming with recreational tourism. This trail will allow our visitors and all the citizens of Bullhead City and Mohave County the opportunity to enjoy the recreational lands adjacent to the Colorado River and Lake Mohave.

'This has been a successful, cooperative effort by a multitude of government entities, and you do not see that very often. I am proud Mohave County is part of it,' she added.

Following additional remarks by Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp, Bureau of Land Management Assistant District Manager for the SNPLMA Division Robert Wandel and Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter, the group grabbed golden shovels to officially break ground.

With a view of Lake Mohave, Spirit Mountain and the Black Mountain Range in the distance, the crowd applauded for the new recreational amenities for the community.

'Recreation fuels the soul of America. Recreation also fuels the economy of America, and this is a fabulous example of that all happening right here today. Thank you all for celebrating this success for recreation, for partnerships and for our economy,' said Goodro.