PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. - Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration-Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD) is seeking public comment through Aug. 30 on improvements to the King Canyon Trailhead parking lot and access to Kinney Road.
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation maintains the trailhead. The County’s Department of Transportation will perform the work, which will be funded with federal dollars.
The project would also improve sight distance from the parking lot to Kinney Road by cutting back the existing slope on the north side of Kinney Road west of the parking lot entrance. To further optimize sight distance, and improve the vertical profile entering the parking lot, the entrance to the parking lot would be moved approximately 25 feet east to the crest of the existing Kinney Road profile grade.
The existing gravel parking area is approximately one-third acre in size. The proposed improvements would result in up to half an acre of permanent incorporation of Tucson Mountain Park property into the trailhead parking area. The King Canyon Trailhead parking area would be temporarily closed during construction to maintain a safe work area; however, the King Canyon Trail would remain accessible through other access points in the existing trail system within Saguaro National Park.