Entry sign, visitor parking area, Colossal Cave Mountain Park - Vail AZ
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) carried out major work at Colossal Cave and the surrounding park north of Vail AZ (now a suburb of Tucson, but far to the east in the 1930s). They improved access for visitors to the cave itself, built a large visitors’/administration center, laid out a campground and picnic area, opened roads and trails and built a water supply system. The Arizona State Park Service oversaw the work.
We know that CCC workers built roads and trails in the park. They almost certainly built the main road up to the visitors’ center, plus the parking lot and lookout there, as well as side roads to the campground and picnic area.
It is uncertain which trails they constructed or improved, but it very likely includes the lovely nature trail down from the visitors’ center (shown here).
Audretsch, Robert and Sharon Hunt, 2014. The Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 18-19.
"The New Deal in Arizona: Connections to Our Historic Landscape," University of Arizona, The New Deal in Arizona Chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association.
The above quote and photos can be found at: http://content.library.arizona.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/NewDeal/id/210
Project originally submitted by Richard Walker on July 31, 2012.
Additional contributions by Joan Greer.
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