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Grand Canyon trails to benefit from $1M donation

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South Kaibab Trail. (Source: NPS Photo by Michael Quinn) South Kaibab Trail. (Source: NPS Photo by Michael Quinn)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

Arizona's largest public utility has donated $1 million to benefit trails at the Grand Canyon.

Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga says the money from Arizona Public Service Co. will help reduce a backlog of trail maintenance that has topped $40 million. The announcement was made Friday at a press conference in Phoenix.

The Grand Canyon has 350 miles of trail with around one-third undergoing scheduled maintenance. Uberuaga says most trails get repaired on an emergency basis.

Hundreds of hikers step out onto the trails daily.

Don Brandt of APS says $350,000 of the $1 million donation benefits the popular Bright Angel Trail. The other $650,000 will be used to create an endowment for the canyon's trail system.

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