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2/18/2012 4:56:00 PM
Copper Canyon Trailhead officially opens
Volunteers under the direction of Camp Verde Mayor Bob Burnside and U.S. Forest Service crews under Recreation Supervisor Tom Palmer (seen here with loader operator Justin Ragan) have spent the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on Copper Canyon Trailhead, Yavapai County’s first multiuse trailhead. VVN/Steve Ayers
Volunteers under the direction of Camp Verde Mayor Bob Burnside and U.S. Forest Service crews under Recreation Supervisor Tom Palmer (seen here with loader operator Justin Ragan) have spent the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on Copper Canyon Trailhead, Yavapai County’s first multiuse trailhead.

VVN/Steve Ayers
VVN/Steve AyersCopper Canyon Trailhead features a gravel surfaced parking area capable of accommodating vehicles pulling trailers, an ATV-loading ramp, picnic ramadas and restrooms.
VVN/Steve Ayers

Copper Canyon Trailhead features a gravel surfaced parking area capable of accommodating vehicles pulling trailers, an ATV-loading ramp, picnic ramadas and restrooms.
To get there ...
From State Route 260, turn south on Oasis Drive to the bottom of the hill, then turn right on Copper Canyon Road (before reaching Salt Mine Road). The trailhead is about a quarter mile up the road on the right.

Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter


CAMP VERDE - Nearly 20 years of persistence will pay off this Wednesday, Feb. 22, when a near endless list of volunteers and organizations officially dedicate Copper Canyon Trailhead.

Located off Oasis Drive and Salt Mine Road, the trailhead will serve not only the historic road up Copper Canyon but also the 545 Trail, a multiuse pathway that links Copper Canyon with Hayfield Draw.

The newest trailhead in the Prescott National Forest's inventory and the first multiuse trailhead in Yavapai County, it features a gravel-surfaced parking lot designed for vehicles pulling horse trailers or ATV trailers, an ATV-loading ramp, picnic ramadas and restrooms.

"Isn't it exciting?" exclaimed Camp Verde resident Lynn Reddell when asked her feelings.

Reddell is among a group of enthusiasts who helped draw up a list of trails they felt were worth designating almost 20 years ago.

"We were asked to put out a trail map as the town was doing its general plan. A bunch of us got down on our hands and knees in Suzy Burnside's computer room and made a map," Reddell said.

Among the list of priority paths the group identified was Copper Canyon.

According to PNF Recreation Supervisor Tom Palmer, a trailhead at Copper Canyon was appealing for several reasons, not the least of which was the fact that the connecting trails were open to horses, motorized vehicles and foot travel.

"There isn't much money to do these kinds of projects these days, so the Forest Service looks for projects that benefit more than one recreation group. This is one of those," Palmer said.

The trailhead amenities cost just over $200,000 with a portion coming from a grant and a portion coming from in-kind services and materials donated by several local businesses.

The road down Copper Canyon, first located by King Woolsey in 1864, was one of the earliest entry points to the Verde Valley for traffic coming from Prescott.

The Territorial Highway eventually replaced the wagon road in 1911, and Black Canyon Highway replaced it in the 1950s. Today a 50,000-volt power line now shadows the original pathway.

Wednesday's dedication starts at noon. The public is invited.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: jos driver

Mayer Bob and crew,thank you all for a great job.thank you to the many people who donated time, money and materials....thousands of dollars worth...you guys are real heros in my book.i saw you all there,giving up your weekends.... those many weekends,clearing land,pouring concrete,digging post holes and welding pipe fence...just a great job.thanks to the forest service also for the toilet,bbq pits and tables and shelters.IT CAME TOGETHER REAL NICE.

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: Travis McGee

Thanks for all the hard work Aunt Lynn and Uncle bodacious.

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: uncle bob

NICE, ATV's, horse riders, mountain bikes, and hikers CAN use the same trails and all get along. Just some courtesy and respect for each other goes a long way. Try it sometime



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