This project continued the implementation of a plan that was initiated in 2006.
Following the completion of the Rampart Range Recreation Area Motorized Roads and Trail Plan’s Environmental Assessment, the USDA Forest Service leveraged the $120,000 RTP award with $600,000 in cash and/or in-kind match.
New trail construction (35 miles) included vital connections to existing trails or to access neighboring trails. Trails in riparian areas or other locations that make maintenance efforts difficult were rerouted and/or reconstructed (30 miles) and trails that did not provide loop opportunities or where environmental concerns could not be mitigated with a reroute were closed and the area restored. Trails have been designated for a specific type of use, which allowed for the creation of singletrack trails.
Four trailheads were expanded, six new toilets and informational and educational kiosks were installed at six trailheads, and 35 miles of trails have been signed. Input was solicited from all segments of the public through mailings, newspaper notices, websites, and public meetings.
The South Platte Ranger District’s partner in this effort was the Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee, an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1972 to promote and preserve dirt bike trail riding opportunities in the Rampart Range area of Pike National Forest near Sedalia, Colorado. This close-to-home recreation opportunity is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Denver and is open to motorized recreation and other recreationists such as motorcycles and ATVs under 50” width.
2012: Lombard Trail - Idaho
2007: Cary Bayou Trail - Texas
2006: Wyoming State Trail Crew