Celebrate the Outdoors in Leadville Today
Today, June 9 is National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. The prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors. If you live in Leadville Today chances are that you love the great outdoors, but today’s the day to appreciate it even a bit more.
One way you can show your appreciation of the great outdoors is by joining the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. See the story below about their efforts and what they have happening in Leadville Today.
Another way people like to enjoy the great outdoors is camping and considering the number of gianormous RVs and trailers rolling down historic Harrison Avenue, it’s safe to say that the season is underway. And while many local campgrounds felt a spring stall as snow levels were slow to retreat, most are now open and ready for your tents and s’mores.
To that end, if you’ve ever shared the road with these recreational vehicles, you know that some of them could use a safety check, as well as some refresher tips on operating one on the highway. So here’s Colorado State Trooper Gary Cutler with this month’s column about Trailer Talk.
State Trooper Trailer Talk
By Trooper Gary Cutler, Colorado State Patrol
Well, it’s camping season again, and that means everyone is getting ready to head to the mountains with the family. A lot of you have camping trailers that you’ll be using on the weekends, so I wanted to talk a little about trailer safety.
It’s very important to make sure you and your family make it to your favorite camp site. So here are a few tips on making it safe, fun, and that you get there on time.
First, let’s hit the basics. All trailers in Colorado must be registered, and have a license plate that is completely visible. This means you can’t put bikes or totes or anything else over the plate. It still needs to be visible to law enforcement and if it isn’t, can get you pulled over.
While we’re back there, make sure you have proper working lights on the trailer. You need brake lights and turn signals that can be seen for at least 500 feet.
Another item to check is your side view mirrors. You must be able to see at least 200 feet to the rear of your vehicle. This means the side view mirrors that came with your vehicle may not be adequate. You can get mirror extension at a store if you need them. So check those mirrors prior to starting the trip.
The height of the trailer can’t be more than 14’ 6 inches, and the combined coupled units cannot have more than four units and be no longer than a total of seventy feet.
As far as loading the truck and trailer, please don’t overload the vehicles. None of the load can project beyond four feet of the front grille. It can’t extend beyond the sides of the vehicle and also can’t block any of the drivers view.
Check your brakes prior to the trip and know that trailers with a weight of more than 3000 pounds need to be equipped with brakes on all wheels.
As far as towing the trailer, make sure the distance between the vehicles doesn’t exceed 15 feet. Besides the drawbar, chains or cables are also required (unless it’s a 5th wheel) to ensure the trailer can’t break free from the power unit.
Last but not least, while traveling; no one can ride in the trailer.
I know this has been a huge amount of information in a short space, but I want you to have a fun and safe camping filled summer. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires, so please be careful out there. As always, safe travels!
Join the Friends 0f the Fish Hatchery
The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery (FLNFH ) will hold their annual membership meeting today Saturday, June 8.
Here is a schedule for the day:
- 8:30 a.m. – work “day” (mostly light activities around the hatchery).
- 10:30 a.m. – potluck brunch, at which the Friends will provide coffee and juice.
- 11 a.m. – annual members’ meeting.
- 12 p.m. – board meeting.
The Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the hatchery and its historical significance, promote conservation ethics through education, improve outdoor recreational opportunities, and enhance the facilities for community events. Remember, federal facilities like the hatchery have found themselves on the budgetary chopping block back in Washington DC in recent years, so consider supporting their efforts with your time, money or other resources to assure that this educational and recreational treasure continues to thrive in Leadville Today.