The Virgin River Boardwalk Trail is a 2-mile trail section that creates a vital connection between the southern trail system of St. George and Washington and the northern trails of Sienna Hills and Coral Canyon. Ultimately, it will be a crucial part of the complete trail system to Zion National Park.
Some significant design challenges included permitting from multiple state and federal agencies including city planners, the Bureau of Land Management, the Virgin River Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corp of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and permissions and easements from private ownerships.
Due to slopes in excess of 1:1 and the river’s proximity to the slopes, the trail planning called for a section through weeping wetlands and sensitive river environments. It features a portion of wood boardwalk that spans protected wetland areas set against the steep bank and cliffs that seep water year-round.
The project was a 3-year coordinated effort to build cooperation between all partners to answer environmental challenges and complete the trail construction.
The Boardwalk Trail opens up over 2-miles of beautiful and unique southern Utah landscape to allow visitors and community members to enjoy the beauty of their natural setting.