In order to allow our visitors to fully appreciate the wild, varied and exciting landscapes that the future Patagonia National Park holds, we are building a network of trails that provide access to different areas and ecosystems within the park. Land scouts and professional trailmakers have surveyed the area to decide on the most scenic, interesting, and varied routes. We design our trails and hiking circuits to maximize visitor engagement with the landscape while minimizing ecological impacts. This trail system will also connect to existing trails in the adjacent National Reserves. For maps, details, and descriptions of the park’s trails, see here.
Spearheaded by outdoor adventurers, the future Patagonia National Park project enacts a belief in the power of engagement with wild nature to inspire environmental dedication. Well-designed trails and campgrounds immerse park visitors in the natural world, encouraging them to reflect on the value of protecting nature. Leaving visitors with a richer knowledge of Patagonia’s natural and human history and a deeper commitment to protecting the region represents a central goal of this project.
Trail building begins with the premise that visitors should both develop a heighted sense of ecological awareness and form a relationship with the particular geography of the park, so that they will become its advocates and defenders. To expose visitors to a variety of ecosystems and create a more dynamic experience, trail builders plan routes that traverse grasslands, forests, riparian zones, high alpine areas, and lakes. They aim to challenge hikers while rewarding them with spectacular views.
Moreover, we aim to establish a world-class system of public access that will elevate this park as a mainstay on the Patagonian tourism circuit, critical for sparking regional sustainable economic development. Through offering excellent recreational opportunities, the park may draw thousands of visitors from around the world. Examples of similar parks elsewhere in the world demonstrate the impact flagship parks have on local economies. Visitors seek services such as lodging, dining, guides, and local crafts in the communities surrounding the park. A recent study determined that US national parks generate $13.3 billion in private-sector economic activity and 267,000 private-sector jobs in the communities surrounding parklands. Since trekking is the engine for most tourism to Patagonia, building excellent trails serves as a mode of jump-starting regional development.