Trek explores livestock route from Wyoming to Routt County

Educational event starts in Baggs, Wyo., and ends in Hayden

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Sunday’s trek begins from 8 a.m. at Baggs Town Hall, 130 Penland St., or 8:30 a.m. at the Old Slater Store, at Wyoming Highway 70 and Moffat County Road 1, about 15 miles from Baggs, Wyo.

Participants also can meet at 2 p.m. at the Hayden Heritage Center, 300 W. Pearl St. in Hayden, or at 3 p.m. at the Carpenter Ranch, off U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden.

There’s no cost, but participants need to provide their own transportation, lunch and chairs.

Call Christy Stocks at 307-383-6861 to RSVP.

— Locals who want to learn how livestock got from just north of the border in Wyoming through Northwest Colorado and beyond can do so this weekend.

The Little Snake River Valley Museum’s 16th annual historical and educational fall trek focuses this year on trailing livestock from Baggs, Wyo., to rail yards in Hayden. The event is co-hosted by the Savery, Wyo., museum and the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Baggs.

The trek begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at Baggs Town Hall. Participants also can meet at the Old Slater Store in Slater, Wyo.

Too far to travel? Because the trek will end about 70 miles from Baggs in Hayden, those interested in joining can do so at 2 p.m. at the Hayden Heritage Center or at 3 p.m. at the Carpenter Ranch.

But participants able to make the trip will travel through color-changing aspens, cottonwoods, evergreens and scrub oak along Moffat County Road 1 to Whis­pering Pines Road to Routt County Road 82 though Sla­­ter and Cali­­fornia parks before reaching Hay­­den.

The trek will include stops with short presentations about scrub oak habitat, country schoolhouses in Moffat and Routt counties and aspen art.

In Hayden, part­­icipants will stop at the Hayden Heritage Center before heading to the Carpenter Ranch. There, Gary Muse, of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, will discuss how livestock was transported to regional market centers. The day’s activities are expected to end at about 4:30 p.m.

“It’s just to make people appreciate what we have in our community or what’s nearby within a day trip,” said Christy Stocks, director of the Carbon County Higher Education Center. “A lot of people don’t know about these things.”

There is no cost. Participants need to provide their own transportation, lunch and chairs. They’re also asked to call Stocks at 307-383-6861 to RSVP.

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