Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
(Cooperative Agreement # H1200-09-0005)
Park: GRCA
Project Title: Assessment of Archeological Sites along the Corridor Trails, Phase II Bright
Angel, Old Bright Angel, Tonto West and North Kaibab Trails. NOTE: This will fund Phase II
of an existing task agreement: MNA-36.
Funding Amount: $22,772.88
CPCESU Partner Institution: Museum of Northern Arizona
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Ted Neff.
Archaeological Projects Principal Investigator
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
928-774-5211, ext. 260 (office)
928-779-1527 (fax)
NPS Key Official:
Ian Hough
Vanishing Treasures Archeologist
PO Box 129, 2A Albright Ave
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Jane Rodgers
Deputy Chief - Socio-Cultural Resources
Science and Resource Management
Grand Canyon National Park
CELL (928) 606-5793, OFFICE (928) 638-7475
Start Date: August 1, 2010
End Date: June 30, 2011
This project will conduct inventory survey and condition assessments on a little over 10 miles of
trails including the Tonto West, Old Bright Angel, Bright Angel, River, North Kaibab and
Ribbon Falls Trails. The project will document new archeological sites and visit all previously
recorded sites (n = 44) within the units and re-record and/or update data to meet current
These assessments are needed to meet Section 110 cultural resource identification, assessment,
and evaluation, and Section 106 compliance for the identification of historic properties prior to
undertakings, as required in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. This
effort assists the park in long-term planning for management of the backcountry especially along
the heavily used corridor trails where mitigation of resource damage is most immediate. Data
from this project will support GRCA effort to rewrite its Backcountry Management Plan
beginning in 2010.
Keywords: Archeology, Trail, Condition Assessment, Planning, Compliance