|Rio Grande Trail|
Rio Grande Trail Repairs to Require Temporary Detours and Closure of Parking Lot in the Mid-Valley - RFTA will be doing trail repairs and repaving on the Rio Grande Trail in the vicinity of Emma and El Jebel from Monday, 8/20/12 through Friday, 8/31/12. Several short detours will be in effect and will be marked with orange “Rio Grande Trail Detour” signs.
- The Hooks Lane Trailhead parking lot located at the intersection of Hooks Lane & Hooks Spur Road will close beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 8/19, and re-open by 7 p.m. on the 24th for staging of construction vehicles and materials for the two paving and repair projects. Alternative parking areas are located at Catherine Bridge trail head to the west and at the Basalt High School to the east.
- Trail users will be diverted onto Hooks Spur Road near Rock Bottom Ranch (1.5 miles west of Hooks Lane). The detour is approximately ¼ mile in length and will utilize a graded gravel county road.
- The 2nd detour will require up-valley trail users to follow the Hooks Lane (paved) to its juncture with Emma Road (paved), and then follow Emma Road back to the trail near the Emma schoolhouse. Down Valley trail users will be diverted off the Rio Grande Trail in Emma and follow Emma Road to Hooks Lane, continuing to its intersection with the Rio Grande Trail at Hook’s Spur Road. This detour is approximately one half mile longer than the Rio Grande Trail. Please be observant to traffic on these county roads.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority manages the greatest portion of the Rio Grande Trail which runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, Colorado. The Rio Grande has 42 miles of continuous multi-use trail and is completely protected from vehicular traffic except at intersections. The Rio Grande Trail is a rails to trails project which is built in the Aspen Branch of the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Train operations in the corridor ceased in phases, between the 1960s and the mid 1990s.
In 1997 the right of way corridor was purchased with a combination of funding by local governments, Great Outdoors Colorado, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, and the Colorado Department of Transportation. This presented an opportnity to explore both transporation and recreation solutions to Highway 82 congestion and trail connectivity challenges in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2001, RFTA was formed and thus a dedicated funding source for transit and trails was created. RFTA now manages and maintains the trail corridor, in conjunction with Pitkin County Open Space and the City of Aspen, in their respective jurisdictions.
|Cyclists must use an audible signal when overtaking other trail users||Carry In Carry Out: please pack out all your trash|
|No motorized vehicles or equipment of any kind permitted on the trail, regardless of power source||Pet wastes must be disposed of properly|
|Respect private property - stay on the trail at all times||All dogs must be on leash*|
|Bicyclists and pedestrians yield to equestrians||Camping, fires and hunting are prohibited|
|The making of excessive or obnoxious noises in prohibited|
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