The Newest Vista Puerto Mosquito National Natural Landmark Observation Platform and Trail
On January 22, 2020, a collaborative project between TICATOVE and the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge (VNWR)
opened to the public offering spectacular views, interpretive signage, and a hiking trail with a new parking area. On
view from the platform is the 2,381 acres of the Puerto Mosquito National Natural Landmark and the lands and waters that stretch beyond it. The Landmark was designated over 4 decades ago as an outstanding example of natural
heritage to encourage its continued conservation. Sites are designated as National Natural Landmarks because they
are the best remaining examples of specific biological and/or geological features.
To get to the platforms, make an immediate left just inside the eastern entrance of the wildlife refuge and drive up a 1.7 mile gravel/dirt road to the overlook parking area. From the parking lot you will see a wide trail leading to the
platform. Alternatively, the platform can be reached via a 1.3 mile hiking trail you can access from a new small parking lot located about a mile in on the main road.
The project was led by the VNWR, which built the parking lots and roads. TICATOVE’s work was funded through a grant from Mercy Corps. The wooden structure was built by the TICATOVE Greens Crew who were taken on as apprentices by project contractors in an advanced carpentry skill building experience for these young adult Viequenses. TICATOVE staff and volunteers, drafted the language and created the theme of natural wonderment for the interpretive signage. Thanks to Karl Alexander and José Francisco Salgado who donated many photos for these signs.
Read more about the trail in our blog. Click here!