Monument gets $228K to maintain popular canyon trail

Colorado National Monument will get $150,000 more in federal money to repair one of its popular and more difficult trails.

The additional money brings to $228,000 the amount the monument will receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The monument already had been awarded $58,000 for trail work.

“We’re very excited about it,” monument Superintendent Joan Anzelmo said.

The new funding will be devoted to repairing Monument Canyon Trail, and the work will be done much as the trail was originally carved, Anzelmo said.

“This is really hard, tough work” that will be done “by the sweat of the brow, just like the CCC,” Anzelmo said.

The New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail, as well as Rim Rock Drive.

The monument already has plenty of applicants for the project, many of them from Mesa State College, Anzelmo said.

Work from an unrelated funding source is under way to preserve the historic stonework at the Highland Overlook, she said.


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