Man sues Oprah over trail access in Colorado
DENVER — A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey’s new property above Telluride, Colorado, is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbors for decades.
Retired physicist Charles D. Goodman claims Winfrey’s Yellow Brick Road company, the property’s former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the property purchased for $10.9 million in March.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that the former owners, Hoyt and Carol Barnett, asked for a correction to property records shortly before selling the land.
Goodman says that erased easements allowed the public to use the trails. Mountain Village denies the accusation. A Yellow Brick Road spokeswoman says it will work to ensure “reasonable” access for neighbors over portions of the land.