If you go
What: Trail workday in honor of National Public Lands Day
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: The new Rotary Trail
off Cow Creek Road
Other: All workers will receive a free National Public Lands Day T-shirt, a fee-free day pass to any participating federal land agency and a goodie bag.
Directions: To get to the trailhead from Steamboat Springs, head west on Routt County Road 33 (Twentymile Road) for seven miles, turn left onto C.R. 45 (Cow Creek Road), and look for the parking area one mile on the left. There will be signs to Rotary Trail.
Call: Gina Robinson of the BLM at 970-826-5083
Steamboat Springs More than 170,000 volunteers nationwide are expected to participate in Saturday’s National Public Lands Day. Grant Fenton hopes Routt County residents answer the call to action here.
To coincide with the 17th annual National Public Lands Day, the local Little Snake Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is organizing a workday on the new Rotary Trail on the south side of Emerald Mountain. Construction of the 4.5-mile multiuse trail has made significant progress this summer, but Fenton said a final push is needed to complete it.
“This has been a great partnership between the Rotary Club and Routt County Riders, and we’ve had a lot of community support,” said Fenton, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs member who has led the trail-building effort. “We’re trying to make one last push here over the next few weeks to get this done.”
When finished, the trail will be somewhat unusual for the area in that it consists of moderate ups and downs throughout. Fenton said the trail will be ideal for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.
Two-thirds of the trail is done, and Fenton described the remaining work as a “giant landscaping project.”
“It’s all hand work at this point of the process,” he said. Remaining work includes cutting down steep grades on the uphill side of the trail and pulling dirt up into the trail from the downhill side.
Saturday’s workday begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. A free barbecue with food from Big House Burgers and beer from Central Park Liquor follows at the trailhead.
Volunteers should bring gloves, water, hats and sunscreen. Tools will be provided. Fenton said folks also can bring their bikes and ride the completed portion of the trail to reach the area where work is ongoing.
The trail is being constructed on BLM land. Accordingly, the BLM is providing Saturday’s volunteers with a free T-shirt, a goodie bag and a fee-free day pass to be used any time in the next year at participating federal land areas.
Fenton said the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is sending at least 20 volunteers Saturday, but many more are needed.
“It’s a great way to come out and show support of your national public lands,” he said, adding that the trail will be another community asset. “This is kind of a big deal. It’s a part of the Emerald Mountain Partnership. That whole vision is coming to fruition.”
To get to the trailhead from Steamboat Springs, head west on Routt County Road 33 (Twentymile Road) for seven miles, turn left onto C.R. 45 (Cow Creek Road), and look for the parking area one mile on the left. There will be signs to Rotary Trail.