Garfield County group a step closer to finishing South Canyon trail

Garfield County and a trails group have taken another step toward completion of a trail through South Canyon west of Glenwood Springs.

The Lower Valley Trails Group (LoVa) and the county today will mark the completion of the second phase of the South Canyon Trail. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 11 a.m. at the trail head by the old bridge at the South Canyon Interstate 70 exit. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

When finished, the trail will provide an alternative to bicyclists who now must ride on I-70 to get through the canyon. Already, completion of the first two phases has improved river access for anglers, boaters and other recreationists.

The first phase, heading west from Glenwood Springs, was finished in 2009. The second phase heads east from the old South Canyon bridge. Next, organizers want to connect the 1.8 miles that still separate the completed portions. They have nearly $2 million in commitments through 2014 and hope to get a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado in 2012 to be able to complete the stretch in three years.

Still remaining to be completed after that will be the stretch through the western half of South Canyon.

LoVa’s long-term goal is to create a 47-mile trail from Glenwood Springs to Mesa County through the Colorado River Valley.

Participants in the project to date also have included the city of Glenwood Springs, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Parks Trails Program.


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