New signs are being put in existing kiosks as well as new locations along the Yampa River Core Trail to encourage alternative modes of transportation.

Photo by Matt Stensland

New signs are being put in existing kiosks as well as new locations along the Yampa River Core Trail to encourage alternative modes of transportation.

New signs are going up along trail in Steamboat

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— New signage being installed along the Yampa River Core Trail partially aims to eliminate the guesswork for trail users.

Beginning early this week, the casual runner, walker or cyclist will be able to track exactly how many miles they have logged on the seven-mile trail, which hugs the Yampa River throughout the city.

“We hope with the new signage that people will get out and walk more,” said Barb Parnell, community coordinator for LiveWell Northwest Colorado.

The signs were designed and made using a $15,000 grant from LiveWell, a Colorado nonprofit organization that strives to promote healthy eating and active living. According to LiveWell, nearly 55 percent of Colorado adults and a quarter of children are overweight or obese.

In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle, the signs are meant to encourage transportation methods besides driving.

The signs are being installed in existing kiosks along the Core Trail and posts are being placed to put the signs in new locations such as in front of Bud Werner Memorial Library by Charlie’s Hole.

Howelsen Hill will serve as the zero point for calculating distances. Keeping in mind that as the trail continually is expanded, the mile markers will be displayed separately for the trail where it heads from Howelsen to the south downriver and the north upriver.

According to a press release from the city of Steamboat Springs, the sign system was designed by former Steamboat resident Dan Lemmer, of DRXNL Studios.

Each of the signs state where the trail user is standing and where facilities such as restrooms are located. Trail etiquette is outlined on the signs in addition to tips for enjoying the trail as a responsible pet owner.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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