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Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and skis are getting shelved in favor of hiking boots and mountain bikes. But in some parts of the Roaring Fork Valley, hikers and bikers will have to wait a little longer to venture out on certain trails.

 


Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Fourth of July weekend promises to be a busy one at North Star Nature Preserve, a popular spot for people to paddleboard and tube a section of the Roaring Fork River east of Aspen. On June 24, Pitkin County approved a new management plan for the preserve, ushering in some rule changes. 

PitCo Plans Future Of Penny Hot Springs

Aug 7, 2019
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Pitkin County is looking for input on how to manage the popular Penny Hot Springs, which sits on open space property north of Redstone in the Crystal River Valley. The hot springs and the parking area on Highway 133 have grown increasingly busy, and officials with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are working on a new management plan for the area.

Open Space To Buy Ten Acres In Crystal Valley

Jul 23, 2019
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On Wednesday, Pitkin County Commissioners will discuss purchasing ten acres in the Crystal River Valley for $1.55 million.

 

The Wildin property includes about 900 feet of river frontage and two homes on the east side of the Crystal River on the southern end of Filoha Meadows. 

PitCo Open Space Board Agrees To Funding Wildlife Studies

Oct 9, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County has committed to using science to protect wildlife and habitat on the 5,000 acres of open space property it owns, and last week, the Open Space and Trails Board recommended spending more than $200,000 studying area wildlife.

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve is tucked between steep mountain cliffs and the Crystal River; the open space is a flat expanse of wetlands. On a recent brisk fall morning, plant ecologists Rea Orthner and Denise Wilson lead the way across the swampy meadow. We’re here because of the stream orchid, which blooms in penny-sized flowers in mid-summer.

Officials To Consider Updates To Carbondale-Crested Butte Trail Plan

Sep 5, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

On Tuesday, Pitkin County Commissioners and the Open Space and Trails Board will hear updates on a draft plan for a trail that could eventually connect Carbondale and Crested Butte.

Castle Creek Trail Aims To Improve Ped, Bike Safety

Aug 14, 2018
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Earlier this month, the open space and trails boards for both the City of Aspen and Pitkin County agreed to move forward with plans to build a trail along Castle Creek Road. It will run just under a mile between the city trail from the Marolt housing to the campus of the Aspen Music School and Aspen Country Day School.

Public Weighs In On Draft Plan For Crystal Valley Trail

Aug 9, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

More than 250 people submitted comments on a proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. Pitkin County released them Thursday; there is general support for the trail, but concerns remain.

Using science to protect habitat

Jun 12, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

People, plants and animals all enjoy the nearly 5,000 acres of land owned by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. To make sure the shared space remains a thriving ecosystem, Open Space and Trails is turning to data collected on site.

Local farmers put down roots on open space properties

Apr 17, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails protects more than 20,000 acres of public land in the Roaring Fork Valley. These properties are used for recreation, to protect wildlife and for agriculture. The open space program leases out some of its properties to local farmers and ranchers. Two Roots Farm is the newest lessee at Emma Open Space.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County officials are working to connect Carbondale to Crested Butte with a multi-use trail that would run through the Crystal Valley. Open Space and Trails staff has a draft plan in the works, and it goes far beyond the trail route.

Historic home in Emma could get funding for repairs

Mar 27, 2018
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

The Mather House on Emma Open Space needs major repairs, and the funding is in sight after a long wait.

Draft plan identifies route for most of Crystal Valley trail

Mar 12, 2018
Denver Public Library and Dale Will

 

Pitkin County has released a draft plan for its proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. It could eventually connect to Crested Butte.

Agricultural tool library takes shape

Feb 22, 2018
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Local farmers may soon be able to rent and share tools, as local governments are working on an agricultural equipment library.

Valley Roundup: Jan. 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

This week, The U.S. Forest Service accepted Aspen Skiing Company’s ideas for the future of Aspen Mountain.The plans include new terrain, expanded snowmaking, and more summer trails. This news comes as we learn that skier visits are down, not just in Aspen, but across the state. Snowmass Town Council is still grappling with questions about Base Village, and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails works on local food production.

Local food production budding on open space properties

Jan 11, 2018
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s open spaces are increasingly being used for more than recreation, as agriculture is taking root on public lands.

The Reporter Two-Way: Next steps in Crystal Trail progress

Dec 21, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Open Space and Trails board met Thursday to discuss proposed trail alignments through the Crystal Valley.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Wednesday is the last day for the public to submit comments on alignments for a proposed trail through the Crystal River Valley. If completed, that trail would eventually connect Carbondale with Crested Butte.

PitCo Open Space plans for a big 2018

Oct 23, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials are facing one of their biggest years yet. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy details on the 2018 budget.

PitCo Open Space considers 'tool library'

Oct 8, 2017
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails program leases 240 acres of agricultural land to local farmers, and now the board is considering shouldering some of the costs for tools, too.

Happy trails: PitCo releases options for Crystal Valley Trail

Sep 20, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County officials are working on a trail that will eventually connect Carbondale to Crested Butte. They’ve released possible routes for Pitkin County’s section, which runs to the top of McClure Pass. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took a tour of the area, exploring both the history and the future of the corridor.

Crystal Valley trail options to be released this week

Sep 5, 2017
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County is planning a trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte, and the public can check out route options this week.

New trails take shape at Prince Creek

Aug 11, 2017
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Instagram account

Roaring Fork Valley outdoor enthusiasts have come together in record numbers to build two singletrack trails along Prince Creek Road in Carbondale.

Castle Creek Trail gets another look

Jul 5, 2017
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Pitkin County and the City of Aspen are re-visiting the process that could bring a bicycle trail to a short segment of Castle Creek Road.

Wilderness Workshop studies wildlife impacts of Crystal Valley Trail

Jul 4, 2017
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

As Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff works to design a trail up the Crystal River Valley, a local conservation organization wants to make sure wildlife is protected.

 

Prince Creek parking unresolved

Jun 5, 2017
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County is releasing plans Tuesday for a new parking area and trail at Prince Creek in Carbondale.

Prince Creek to see new trail, parking lot

May 14, 2017
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Mountain bikers and hikers will see some changes at Prince Creek this summer, and the public can give input this week.

PitCo plans for Emma historic site

Mar 28, 2017
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County is looking for input on how to manage a historic property near Basalt.

Climate change clues unearthed

Mar 13, 2017
Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County officials are digging deep to learn more about local impacts of climate change.

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