Grant awarded for Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail |

Grant awarded for Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail

Staff report

As expected, Pitkin County received $100,000 Thursday to begin planning the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail, according to a statement.

The Great Outdoors Colorado grant will be matched by $200,000 from the Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails fund, which will allow planning, environmental and engineering studies to begin for the approximately 83-mile trail, the statement from the county’s Open Space and Trails program said.

Planning for the trail will take about a year and include the public in both Pitkin and Gunnison counties. Pitkin County residents can weigh in on the project at open houses scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Church at Redstone and Jan. 18 at Carbondale Town Hall. Both events will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Great Outdoors Colorado grants are funded through state lottery proceeds and have in the past gone toward constructing Sky Mountain Park, the Rio Grande Trail and Basalt High School’s running track, according to the statement.

The public can sign up for email updates on the planning process at

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