About 50 people, mostly consisting of park rangers and members of Friends of Madera Canyon, attended the ceremonial opening of the newly repaired Proctor Loop Trail in Madera Canyon. The paved trail is one of the first trailheads in the canyon and is handicap accessible.

The project, which has been three years in the making, was funded by day permits and donations from Friends of Madera Canyon.

Supervisor for the Coronado National Forest Kerwin Dewberry, who attended the event, talked to attendees about how trails like these broaden access to people who may not get out into the woods often.

John Titre, the Recreation Manager for the Nogales Ranger District, had similar thoughts, emphasizing the ability for those with prosthetics and wheelchairs to easily access the outdoors.

“Anyone can touch nature for at least a little bit,” Titre said.

Staff photographer at the Arizona Daily Star. Previously at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming and the Savannah Morning News in Georgia. Honored with numerous awards including those by the NPPA and two time Wyoming photographer of the year.