About Clarinda

I have lived in Tusayan all my life.

My family was among the community’s first settlers.

I am the Properties Manager  for Red Feather Properties in Tusayan. Under my leadership, Red Feather has been building quality apartment style employee housing.

I truly believe in serving the community and have served on the following boards, commissions, and service organizations

  • Grand Canyon School District School Board as a Board Member and as President
  • Grand Canyon Rotary Club
  • The Kaibab Learning Center Governing Board
  • Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Grand Canyon Youth

I played a major role in re-opening the Grand Canyon National Park in 2013 during a government shutdown. Because of overriding community health concerns, she supported the temporary closure of the Grand Canyon National Park during the Coronavirus pandemic. For the safety of its workers, I made the decision to close the Red Feather Lodge, while at the same time keeping them on the payroll.

I was part of the team that helped secure land for the Grand Canyon School District which eventually served as the location for the Town Sports Complex.

I have donated funds and resources to countless community entities and causes including:

  • The Tusayan Fire District
  • Tusayan’s 4th of July Celebration
  • Kaibab Learning Center
  • Grand Canyon School District

I have always responded when community needs arise and will continue to do so. I am running for mayor because Tusayan needs leadership.”Clarinda Vail

Additional accomplishments include:

  • Along with Pete Shearer, got the law for the formula changed to reduce the impact of money lost in small school funding to Grand Canyon School.
  • Served on the Education Land Grant Act Committee to acquire 80 acres of property for the Grand Canyon School from the Forest Service.
  • Worked with Tusayan/Grand Canyon Sustainable Energy Project Committee to study the feasibility of a COGEN project in the Tusayan area.  USDA and APS grants awarded.
  • Appointed by Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitors Bureau to the Tusayan Task Force Committee which studied the pros and cons of incorporation prior to the first vote.
  • Honored with the 2004 Community Leader of the Year Award from the Grand Canyon Rotary Club.
  • Participated with the Tusayan Fire District and Kaibab National Forest Service in 2004 and 2005 to write the Tusayan Community Wildfire Protection Plan.  This was one of the first fully approved Community Wildfire Protection plans in the State of Arizona. 
  • Appointed by the Governor in 2005 as a community representative to the short-lived Grand Canyon National Park Airport Authority board.
  • Served on the Havasupai Business Enterprise Board on behalf of the tribal council for their tourism enterprises. This board increased profit by nearly 700% in 2 years.