2A Trails Committee open house held Tuesday
November 27, 2017
The city of Steamboat Springs 2A Trails Committee will host a project open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., in partnership with the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. U.S. Forest Service and endowment fund staff will be in attendance.
The informational event will provide updates on completed 2A-funded trail projects, 2A-funded trail construction plans for 2018, the Parks, Recreation, Open Space, Trails and River Master Plan update and the upcoming Forest Service NEPA planning process, which will determine new trail opportunities in the Mad Creek, Rocky Peak and Rabbit Ears Pass areas.
In November 2013, the voters of Steamboat Springs approved a portion of the municipal accommodations tax be used to develop trails. Through the next 10 years,
$5.1 million is planned to be invested in trail infrastructure across Steamboat Springs. A committee, made up of Steamboat Springs' residents, is prioritizing the expenditures of this investment.
BLM seeks input on Cedar Mountain trails
The Bureau of Land Management is in the initial planning stages of a trail expansion effort five miles north of Craig on Cedar Mountain and is looking for advice from local citizens and recreationalists on trail location, size, grade and design.
The 900-acre Cedar Mountain Special Recreation Management Area was designated in 2011 to provide non-motorized recreational activities close to Craig, including horseback riding, cross-country skiing, running and mountain biking.
It currently includes about 3.5 miles of trails, and many are steep or washed out in areas. The BLM and local partners hope to more than double the amount of trails on the mountain and create more user-friendly trails that would be less steep for mountain bikers and novice hikers.
Cedar Mountain trails remain snow-free earlier and later in the year than popular destination areas such as Steamboat Springs and could provide new opportunities for local recreationists.
"Right now we have just started discussing the possibilities with local partners and want to make sure anyone who is interested has a chance to provide thoughts and ideas," said Dario Archuleta, outdoor recreation planner for the Little Snake Field Office, in a news release.
To provide advice during this initial, informal planning phase of the BLM's Cedar Mountain trails expansion project, contact Archuleta at email@example.com or 970-826-5008.