Long Walk National Historic Trail Feasibility Study
Welcome to the Long Walk National Historic Trail Feasibility Study. The historic routes associated with this tragic event in our nation's history have been studied for possible designation as a national historic trail, to be added to the National Trails System. This effort is an opportunity to explore ways to commemorate and to remember the people most affected by the Long Walk - the Navajo Nation and Mescalero Apache Tribe.
Staff from the National Park Service's National Trails Intermountain Region led the planning effort, which began in 2002. A series of public meetings were held in a number of communities, and on the Navajo and Mescalero Apache reservations in Arizona and New Mexico, from September 2003 to February 2004. In January 2006, the National Park System Advisory Board determined the Long Walk routes and events to be of national significance.
The draft feasibility study was available for public review in the summer of 2009. Comments were addressed and incorporated, and an abbreviated final enviromental impact statement was prepared in October 2009. The Notice of Availability for the Abbreviated Final Environmental Impact Statement was published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2010. A Record of Decision was prepared, and a Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2011.
We thank each of you for your time and interest in this project.
Aaron Mahr Yáñez
National Trails Intermountain Region
National Park Service
Santa Fe, New Mexico