Video: ‘Dramatic improvements’ to Piestewa Peak trail

City of Phoenix celebrates grand opening of Piestewa Peak Trailhead

The City of Phoenix made “dramatic improvements” to the trailhead of Piestewa Peak, the city’s busiest hiking mountain. It reopened on Friday after a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The peak was re-named in 2003 to honor Lori Piestewa, Hopi, who was the first woman to be killed in combat overseas. New improvements include an 84-ton steel bridge, renovated ramadas, parking, water faucets, and signage.

The Piestewa family played a role in planning the $21 million dollar renovation, including writing the words on the signage. The signs tell hikers that Piestewa’s death had a “profound impact” across various communities.

“Native Americans are present in this city,” says Hopi Chairman Chief of Staff Bruce Talawyma. “This is the icon for us — and for it to bring attention to Lori Piestewa is a big, big step in the right direction.”

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today's Phoenix Bureau. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at achavez@indiancountrytoday.com

Cover photo by Tomás Karmelo Amaya, Yoeme, A:shiwi and Rarámuri

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