Cross Canyon Trail Cultural Landscape Inventories and NRHP Nomination
National Register Nomination // Cultural Resources
Logan Simpson’s Arizona cultural resources specialists completed an NRHP nomination for the Grand Canyon Cross-Canyon Corridor Historic District.
National Park Service
Coconino and Mohave counties Arizona
This corridor includes the exceptionally diverse landscapes of the Bright Angel, North Kaibab, South Kaibab, and Colorado River trails—which collectively represent approximately 30 miles of maintained trails within the Grand Canyon. The inventory also includes all buildings, structures, and objects associated with the facilities and campgrounds along these trails, including Yaki Point, the Bright Angel and Cottonwood Campgrounds, Roaring Springs, and the distinguished Phantom Ranch landscape. This documentation provides Grand Canyon National Park staff with the information necessary to make decisions regarding preservation, interpretation, and resource management.
Logan Simpson's senior landscape architect, historical archaeologist, and senior historic preservation specialist collaborated with the national park’s cultural resources specialist and the NPS Intermountain Region historical landscape architect to ensure thorough and accurate documentation of the condition and historic integrity of the trails’ character-defining features.
The history of the North and South Kaibab trails includes construction by the NPS in the 1920s, with the Bright Angel Campground serving as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp during the 1930s.
The Phantom Ranch landscape includes cabins, a lodge, a recreational center, and a shower house designed by renowned architect Mary Colter, as well as numerous buildings and structures constructed by the CCC during the 1930s.
Logan Simpson employed GIS technology to document contributing, non-contributing, non-contributing/compatible, missing and undetermined patterns, systems, and features of the trail corridor’s landscape.