CAMP VERDE - Nearly 20 years of persistence paid Feb. 22, when a near endless list of volunteers and organizations officially dedicated Copper Canyon Trailhead.
Located off Oasis Drive and Salt Mine Road, the trailhead will serve not only the historic road up Copper Canyon but also the 545 Trail, a multiuse pathway that links Copper Canyon with Hayfield Draw.
The newest trailhead in the Prescott National Forest's inventory and the first multiuse trailhead in Yavapai County, it features a gravel-surfaced parking lot designed for vehicles pulling horse trailers or ATV trailers, an ATV-loading ramp, picnic ramadas and restrooms.
A lot of people have waited a long time to see a trailhead in Copper Canyon. But none have waited as long as Lynn Reddell.
"It is above and beyond anything I ever imagined. What I had in mind 20 years ago was a bunch of rocks and a bathroom. I will say it was worth the wait," she said.
In addition to the surprise of seeing ramadas, picnic tables, interpretive signs and so many people, Reddell discovered that those who had helped make her dream come true had also thought to place a plaque at the trailhead, honoring her vision, as well as businesses that contributed.