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A trail to call our own

Dear Editor:

One of the many benefits of life in Carbondale is the fact that many neighborhoods are connected by trails that provide safe and pleasant transit for those who wish to bike or walk. Carbondale Town Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission members should be commended for their part in making these connections happen.

Walking, running or biking Highway 133 has been a frightening experience for years, but with the completion of the trail system along Highway 133 to the BRB Campground this spring, trail users can enjoy a safe pathway from Highway 82 to BRB. With our beautiful springtime weather, students from both ends of the trail can safely access Roaring Fork High School, hopefully eliminating much of the morning and afternoon auto traffic.

Highway 133 in Carbondale is the beginning of the West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway. Our byway is recognized for its historic significance, its natural beauty, its wildlife. By visiting the trail, the user can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Crystal Valley while enjoying the safety of being off the highway and out of the car.

Many boards and jurisdictions have been involved during the years of planning and design of the project. Thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board, GoCo, support from Garfield County, Gunnison County and Pitkin County Commissioners, Carbondale Council, the Crystal Valley Caucus, and the Crystal Valley Master Plan … and thanks, also, for the cooperation from the owners of BRB, landowners and ranchers adjacent to the byway.

Avoid Nature Deficit Disorder, follow the dream of No Child Left Inside! Enjoy springtime in the Rockies and enjoy the Crystal River Valley by enjoying the Crystal Valley Trail!

Dorothea Farris

West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway board of directors


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