Department Of Interior Continues Expansion Of Outdoor Recreation By Adding 1,275 Miles To The National Trail System

Oct 26, 2020

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced 30 new national recreation trails in 25 states, adding more than 1,275 miles to the National Trails System. Secretary Bernhardt made the announcement from Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where he designated 76 miles of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a national water trail. The newly designated Mohave National Water Trail begins where the Black Canyon National Water Trail ends, providing water recreation opportunities for 106 miles along the Colorado River.

Last week’s announcement is in addition to the 370 miles of national recreation trails that were designated in 2018, bringing the Trump Administration’s total to 49 national recreation trails added, spanning 1,645 miles.

“I encourage Americans to get outside, enjoy our incredible public lands and visit a nearby national recreation trail. Spanning more than 83,000 miles, larger than the interstate highway system, the National Trails System provides easy access to a wide variety of outdoor experiences,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “The Trump Administration is committed to expanding public access to the outdoors, so more Americans have the opportunity and ability to experience it in all of its splendor.”

The new designations advance the Trump Administration’s priority to increase public access to outdoor recreational opportunities in alignment with Secretary’s Order 3366. Interior-managed outdoor recreation activities support more than 452,000 jobs and account for more than $58 billion in economic output across the country.

“One thing that has become crystal clear this year is that Americans want to be outdoors and want access to outdoor recreation opportunities. It is one of the main drivers behind the incredible surge in first-time RV buyers this year,” said RV Industry Association Vice President Jay Landers. “We are grateful for the leadership of Secretary Bernhardt in prioritizing access to outdoor recreation opportunities through programs like the National Recreation Trails program.”

Check out the full release from DOI here.