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Red Hill Recreation Area

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) announced Wednesday it has raised enough money to complete a major project at the base of Red Hill in Carbondale.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Town of Carbondale approved a contract last week to acquire land at the base of Red Hill from the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). AVLT purchased the property in January and has been raising money to build new trails and improve safety. The idea is to move the trailhead closer to the parking area.

  This week, National Monuments take a hit, a trail along the Crystal River becomes a dividing line, an effort continues to turn private land into a public amenity and how a federal tax overhaul would affect the valley

Valley Roundup for Oct. 6, 2017

Oct 5, 2017

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Hikers and hunters will soon be able to access public land acquired in a controversial land exchange earlier this year.

 

Bureau of Land Management

  Red Hill Special Recreation Management Area in Carbondale, known to locals as Mushroom Rock, is facing unexpected challenges due to vandalism and heavy use. Morgan Neely has more.

With more than 65,000 user days annually, Mushroom Rock is one of the most popular destinations for mountain biking, hiking and trail running in the Roaring Fork Valley.

“I love coming up here. It’s a beautiful environment, it’s extremely challenging as a mountain biker, it has great views, it smells like pinyon and juniper, and it’s a great escape from the city.”