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Volunteers clean up the trail along City Creek Trail off Doll Baby Road.

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Arizona Trail could boost Rim tourism

Forest Service seeks public feedback on nationally designated scenic trail that includes an 80-mile stretch in Rim Country

The Forest Service wants to encourage Payson residents to embrace their status as a gateway community to the 800-mile Arizona Trail which runs through Rim Country’s back yard. Completed in February on the state’s centennial birthday, the National Scenic Trail winds through 80 miles of the Payson Ranger District. Residents hope publicizing the trail will help boost the region’s vital tourist economy. “We have more of the Arizona Trail running through our ranger district than most,” said Chelsea Muise, a ranger from the Payson recreation department. At a March 14 meeting, residents listened to Arizona Trail Forest Service Coordinator Laura White and various other contributors.

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