A toast to the trail crew | AspenTimes.com

A toast to the trail crew

Dear Editor:Thanks to the hard work of some 60 volunteers on the recent National Public Lands Day, the Colorado Trail north of New Castle is now finished and entirely open to public use.Local citizens from Rifle to Aspen gathered on Sept. 24 to complete the trail through BLM land. Including an informal trailhead-to-trailhead connection through the town of New Castle, the trail now creates a more than three-mile loop that extends to a great overlook of New Castle and the Colorado River Valley.The project was completed during three years of large and small workdays by volunteer labor organized through the valley’s terrific nonprofit Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, which celebrates its 10th project season this year. The trail was created through a collaboration with RFOV, the town of New Castle and the Bureau of Land Management office in Glenwood Springs.This year’s workday was sponsored through donations, gift certificates and prizes by several dozen supportive local individuals and businesses. The New Castle Lions Club supplied a delicious dinner for the trail volunteers. Major financial contributors included the Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation, Colorado State Trails Program and Village Homes.The trail will be co-managed by the BLM and town of New Castle, and organizers will work to establish a regular group of local citizens to adopt the trail for future maintenance needs.Suzie Romigand the Colorado Trail project team

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