The Hot Springs National Scenic Trail
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After successfully thru-hiking the Pacific Crest, Colorado, Arizona, John Muir, and Idaho Centennial Trails - I realized that there are 3 things that I seek from a long-distance trail, beginning with challenge and reward. To be clear, I was getting plenty of challenge and reward on these other trails but there was a third, key component that was lacking from them all; which I oftentimes would divert from the route to get to, and that's hot springs.
Originally, a hiking trail to hot springs was a personal journey that I was creating simply to hike for myself but due to the incredible experiences that I had and the places that I saw while hiking it, I became compelled to publish a guidebook for it that could be used as a template for an official National Scenic Trail.
Hot water is as vital to one's longevity as walking is and forming a National Scenic Trail that showcases them both would not only provide a scenic and sustained physical challenge - with huge rewards - but health & wellness.
The backcountry resorts and historic communities that are visited along The Hot Springs Trail would also greatly benefit from the tourism that would be created and members of those very communities might feel inspired like never before to get outside and enjoy a hike in their local area.
Hot springs are a national treasure, and one that deserves both visitation and protection. A Hot Springs National Scenic Trail would utilize our lands in a way that promotes community and health for our people, economy and tourism for our country, and the spirit of challenge for all.
Help the American Dream of adventure live on and honor all of the work that has been put into building up and maintaining our amazing and therapeutic hot springs, by designating The Hot Springs Trail as a National Scenic Trail.
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