Two years ago a statewide trail-building initiative known as the “Colorado the Beautiful” was launched by Gov. John Hickenlooper during his 2015 State of the State Address. The intent was to build on existing efforts and enhance our statewide outdoor recreation through a series of connected trail projects. One component of this project is the Carbondale to Crested Butte trail segment which is making slow-but-sure progress. The starting point of the initiative which was initially dubbed “16 for 2016”, consists of 16 new trails totaling just under 1,000 miles. “The idea with this project is to establish a system of trails where people can pretty much get off a plane at DIA and ride a bike or walk most of the way to the Utah border. For the most part, these trails will be designed to be accessible to visitors and residents of Colorado. There will be some singletrack in more remote areas, but most of those miles will be paved or improved surfaces that people can ride bikes on.” says project manager Chris Kehmeier. One of the most ambitious components, even though it isn’t a direct part of the DIA-to-Utah system, is the 74-mile Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. The planning process for this spur should take roughly 2 years with the trail plan to be completed in 2017. At this point, about 5 miles of trail from Carbondale to the Highway 133 KOA Campground have been completed. Keeping tabs on the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail planning process is easy, just visit the Carbondale to Crested Butte planning link. Most of the planning process for the ‘Colorado 16’ is expected to be completed by 2020. For more information, read the entire article ‘Colorado’s 16’ trail system makes progress.
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