Phoenix, AZ (AP) The Phoenix metropolitan area plans to offer $15 million in funding for hiking trails that could be the envy of the rest of the country.
The funds will be used to create new trails in Arizona, and it will be part of a larger $10 million national fund for trail-building.
The $15.4 million in Arizona funding comes from a $1.5 billion funding package approved by the state Legislature in January.
The funding is part of the $15 billion National Park System.
The funding is in addition to $3 million from a separate $10.2 billion National Parks Infrastructure Finance and Investment Act that was approved in January to build trails, improve existing trails and develop trails.
The National Park Service says that $15-million is part to build an 875-mile trail network across the state.
It also provides $15 for each year that a new trail is built and $5 for each new trail built.
It includes the creation of new trailhead and visitor services, a $500 per person fee, a trail safety training course and $1 million for the National Park Conservancy.
The money also covers the cost of installing new signage, lighting and signs.
The park service says it is also working on a plan to improve the look and feel of existing trails.
“We’ve been working with the state to build a national trail system that will be a national asset,” said Jason Kavanagh, deputy director of the National Parks Service.
“Our goal is to have this system up and running within 10 years.”
The National Parks have been funding trails since 2001.
They have about 6,700 miles of trails.
Arizona, which has about 50,000 people, is a national leader in trail building.
Arizona ranks sixth in the nation in the number of miles of paved trail in each state.
The National Park service is one of the largest in the country, with more than 300 million acres of land in the U.S. and Canada.
The trail system, Kavanag said, will help Arizona maintain its status as the nation’s “leading national trail” and “an important trail system in the Southwest.”
More than 200,000 miles of trail have been built and more than half of those are in the Phoenix metro area, the National Register of Historic Places said.