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National Trails Day is next Saturday

Staff report

Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourages outdoor enthusiasts and recreationists to celebrate National Trails Day on June 6 on Colorado trails.

Now in its 23rd consecutive year, and initiated by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is the largest annual trails celebration. It promises to deliver a wide variety of outdoor activities for the public to enjoy.

Get outdoors and experience the unique panorama of Colorado while horseback riding, hiking, biking or off-highway vehicle riding on more than 30,000 miles of trails throughout the state. Accept the challenge to explore a nearby trail, learn new outdoor skills or support the volunteer efforts of trail organizations with friends and family.

Recreation destinations may be closer than you think.

"There are lots of opportunities to get from urban, settled areas into more remote, rural areas on trails," said Colorado Parks and Wildlife's State Trails Manager Tom Morrissey. "Coloradans love their trails."

The latest state recreation plan determined that Coloradans spent 250 million activity days, or almost 50 days per person, on a Colorado trail.

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Many trails in Colorado lead right to the mountains, such as Horsetooth in Fort Collins or Pikes Peak Trail in Colorado Springs.

Not sure what trail to visit? The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Parks Guide highlights the many trails in the state parks that are non-motorized, off-highway vehicle and horse accessible. Visit http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/ParksBrochureWeb.pdf.

View Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trail Maps on the go by viewing the maps on the Avenza PDF Maps App on IOS and Android smartphones. PDF Maps is a mobile map application that enables you to access Colorado Parks and Wildlife Trail maps online using Apple's IOS or Google's Android smartphones or tablet. The device's built-in GPS is used to track your location on the map.

Land trails aren't the only path. Barr Lake State Park offers a unique water-trail experience. Water trails are recreational routes on waterways with a network of points for learning about aquatic habitat. Water trails provide both conservation and recreational opportunities. Barr Lake's water trail will open July 11.

The website also offers state parks maps that have trails labeled throughout the park for convenience. This helps narrow down your search if you are looking to get away for the day or find a trail in a state park close to home.

User fees for off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles generates $5.5 million that is put back into the care and operation of trails. Non-motorized trails depend upon a variety of resources, such as the federal highways Recreational Trails Program, National Parks System's Land and Water Conservation and Great Outdoors Colorado for more than $2.5 million to help build and maintain trail systems in Colorado.

For more information regarding trails in Colorado or the trails program, go to https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Pages/Trails.aspx or visit NationalTrailsDay.org.

For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife, go to http://cpw.state.co.us.

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