Arkansas River Ranch Trail Opening Sept. 25
The public is invited to be one of the first to set foot on the newly completed Arkansas River Ranch Trail on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. Join staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and various members of the Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) for the Grand Opening. The celebration will include the latest information regarding the Arkansas River’s Gold Medal status and recent riparian habitat improvement projects that have been completed within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).
The Arkansas River Ranch Trail runs along the Arkansas River from the Hayden Meadows Recreation Site, in the northern portion of the AHRA, two and a half miles downstream to the Kobe Recreation Site.
At Kobe, the trail meets up with an extension of the Saguache Range Trail and then continues back upstream to the Hayden Meadows Recreation Site through the Hayden Ranch, completing a five mile loop. The non-motorized trail is open for biking, hiking and equestrian use.
“AHRA has worked with a number of different entities and utilized a number of different funding sources and grants to build the Arkansas River Ranch Trail and we are very excited to be able to open up this amazing area for the public’s use”, said Rob White, Park Manager of the AHRA.
The celebration comes just two days before National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27 and there is more to celebrate than just the additional recreational opportunities provided by the trail. “The habitat work that has recently been completed in the Arkansas River in this area will provide benefits to the fishery and anglers for decades to come, and will only help in maintaining the Gold Medal status the Arkansas River recently received”, said Greg Policky, Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Public and media interested in attending the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration should plan to meet at 11 a.m. at the Arkansas River Ranch Recreation Site parking lot, located approximately nine miles south of Leadville via HWY 24, off of County Road 55. Lake County Commissioners, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and other officials and dignitaries will be given the opportunity to speak at the event.
“The spectacular scenery afforded by this trail, along with the public access it provides to one of the best trout fisheries in the state of Colorado, will add to the appeal for the public to visit Leadville and Lake County, already a popular recreation destination,” stated Commissioner Dolores Semsack.
About the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA)
The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River Valley.
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