Coal Creek Canyon is a popular spot for camping in the Arizona desert, but it’s been on the decline in recent years.
The site was home to many historic sites, including the famous Arizona Wagon Wheel, and many people also frequent the canyon to take a ride in an old-fashioned steamboat.
But that’s all about to change.
In 2019, the state of Arizona and its local government announced that the Canyon would be converted into a public park, with the goal of creating thousands of jobs and adding thousands of acres of parks, trails and hiking trails to the region.
The changeover is set to take place over the next four years.
The Navajo Nation and local tribes have already committed to paying for the park, but a major obstacle is the proposed $1.5 billion in federal funding for the project.
The state says it needs $300 million to pay for the construction of the new park.
That means that without federal funds, the Navajo Nation would have to foot the bill.
The Navajo Nation’s budget is $3.4 billion, and the entire reservation of more than 1.5 million people would have had to shoulder the bill of nearly $2.2 billion, according to the Navajo News Agency.
“If this were not the case, we would have no money,” Navajo Nation Secretary Michael Brown said during a press conference in April.
The Navajo government has been working on this project for the last decade, but Brown says he expects to get approval for the federal funding soon.
The new park is expected to be the largest privately-funded recreation and cultural facility in the United States.
The park would provide visitors with a full-size recreation facility and other amenities, including a parkhouse and restaurant.
The land itself is currently owned by the Navajo Government and could be leased to other tribes.
There’s also talk of adding a large-scale visitor center to the park.
But it’s unclear whether the federal government will pay for any of the costs.
“It’s just not the right time to be putting money into this project right now,” Brown said.
“I’ve got to say that, honestly, the people of the Navajo people and the Navajo tribal government are very concerned about it,” Brown added.
“They know we have a lot of debt on this property, but we also have a tremendous amount of debt in the Navajo nation and the reservation.”
The plan to change the park into a park is a big step forward for the Navajo, but some are not pleased with it.
“There is a lot going on right now with the park,” Brown told the Navajo.
“We’re going to have a big celebration, but that’s not enough.”