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  • New signs paving the way at Tucson Mountain Park

    Hikers at Tucson Mountain Park are getting help staying safe thanks to new directional signs being placed at every major trail junction within the trail system. 

    The map signs are complemented by trail name signs with directional arrows to ensure people have a good frame of reference for exactly where they are, explained Neil Stitzer, a program coordinator with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.
    TMP sign 
    The department also will install smaller “confidence arrow” signs: color-coded arrows that direct trail users to the appropriate trail. 

    “There are an overwhelming number of social trails out there, and these signs will allow users to stay on the official system trails,” Stitzer said.

    The signs, currently dotting the east side of Tucson Mountain Park, east of Gates Pass, got partial funding from Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists and outdoor retailer REI.
     
    The signs outline the sustainable system trails for users, which helps preserve cultural and natural resources by keeping people on designated trails and reduce the use of social trails.
     
    “Pima County has a beautiful open space area in Tucson Mountain Park, but an inhibitor to some people fully enjoying the trails and the park has been a lack of signage,” Stitzer said. “Some people simply avoid Tucson Mountain Park altogether because they are not confident in finding their way around the system. Even many experienced locals have voiced that it can be a difficult system to navigate and next to impossible for someone who has never been on these trails. So, in fewer words, these signs will make the trail system more enjoyable, more accessible and safer.”
     
    These signs are perhaps the best way to showcase this trail system. It’s one thing to hand someone a paper map, but to have signs out on the ground so people know exactly where they are is a much-needed update to this incredible system.”
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