Rio Grande Trail Documents & Information

RFTA has a great deal of documentation regarding our trail that is of the interest to the public.


2000 Railroad Comprehensive Plan
2005 Railroad Comprehensive Plan
2013 Rio Grande Trail Wildlife Monitoring Report
RFTA Rules and Regulations for Trail Use
Weed Management Policy and Plan
2023 Updated Restoration Seeding Plan
Rio Grande Trail Restoration Seeding Plan
Goat Grazing Vegetation Management Study

Railroad Right-of-Way Ownership Atlas and Survey
Glenwood Red Canyon Cattle Creek Satank Carbondale Rock Bottom El Jebel Basalt Bates Snowmass




Access Control Plan (ACP) Download with Appendices
Land Use Review Process

Form Downloads
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Rio Grande ARTway Masterplan

The purpose of this Preliminary Masterplan is to create a framework for the future planning, design, and programming of the Rio Grande ARTway, a one mile long section of the Rio Grande Trail corridor through the town of Carbondale, Colorado. This Masterplan contains critical context and background reference for the project as well as early design concepts for site improvements and programming along the corridor.

Download the Rio Grande ARTway Masterplan

For more information contact Trails Manager, Brett Meredith at (970) 384-4975 or


2021 CEC Staff Report and Summary
2021 RFTA CEC Report
2021-11-15 CEC Meeting Agenda
2021 CEC Background History

For more information please contact Abbey Pascoe,

Mid Valley Trails Committee

2023 Meeting Dates


For more information, please contact Sarah Faichney,

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Trail Closures

The Rio Grande Trail, between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Bridge, closes seasonally from 5pm on November 30th until 5pm April 30th. A signed detour route will be in place between Hooks Lane Trailhead parking lot and the Catherine Bridge Trailhead parking lot during the period of the closure. The closure applies to all users of the trail and corridor, including anglers and hunters.

Trail Rules & Regulations

RFTA has restrictions to all trails built and maintained on the 34 mile rail corridor running between Glenwood Springs and Woody Creek.

Special Events Application

Download our Special Events Application for proposed events on the Rio Grande Trail. For more information call 970-384-4975.

Trail Rules for Other Power Driven Mobility Devices

RFTA has a document listing the Rio Grande Corridor Rules on the
Use of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD).

E-Bike Update:
Please note:  Class I and Class II E-Bikes are allowed on the Rio Grande Trail between Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs and Emma Road in Basalt.

20 Year Draft Trails Plan
We-cycle Free 30-minute Bikeshare

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