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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

This week, The U.S. Forest Service accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s ideas for the future of Aspen Mountain.The plans include new terrain, expanded snowmaking, and more summer trails. This news comes as we learn that skier visits are down, not just in Aspen, but across the state. Snowmass Town Council is still grappling with questions about Base Village, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails works on local food production.

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Pitkin County’s open spaces are increasingly being used for more than recreation, as agriculture is taking root on public lands.

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The Open Space and Trails board met Thursday to discuss proposed trail alignments through the Crystal Valley.

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Wednesday is the last day for the public to submit comments on alignments for a proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. If completed, that trail would eventually connect Carbondale with Crested Butte.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials are facing one of their biggest years yet. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy details on the 2018 budget.

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Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails program leases 240 acres of agricultural land to local farmers, and now the board is considering shouldering some of the costs for tools, too.

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Pitkin County officials are working on a trail that will eventually connect Carbondale to Crested Butte. They’ve released possible routes for Pitkin County’s section, which runs to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took a tour of the area, exploring both the history and the future of the corridor.

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Pitkin County is planning a trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte, and the public can check out route options this week.

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Roaring Fork Valley outdoor enthusiasts have come together in record numbers to build two singletrack trails along Prince Creek Road in Carbondale.

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Pitkin County and the City of Aspen are re-visiting the process that could bring a bicycle trail to a short segment of Castle Creek Road.

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As Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff works to design a trail up the Crystal River Valley, a local conservation organization wants to make sure wildlife is protected.

 

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Pitkin County is releasing plans Tuesday for a new parking area and trail at Prince Creek in Carbondale.

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Mountain bikers and hikers will see some changes at Prince Creek this summer, and the public can give input this week.

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Pitkin County is looking for input on how to manage a historic property near Basalt.

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Pitkin County officials are digging deep to learn more about local impacts of climate change.

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More than half a million people used Pitkin County’s public trail network in 2016.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has started the intensive process to complete a trail that will span the Crystal River Valley.  

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As more and more people make use of public lands for skiing, hiking and biking, wildlife experience additional strain. This week, two Colorado researchers are in the Roaring Fork Valley to discuss how best to balance recreation and wildlife conservation.

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Mountain lion activity on the Rio Grande Trail near the Aspen Airport Business Center has Pitkin County officials on alert.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is starting the planning process for a trail that will connect Carbondale and Crested Butte. The first chance for public comment is Thursday.

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