Maintenance and Rehabilitation

 

Rampart Range OHV Development (Phase Three) - Colorado

Four trailheads were expanded as part of the Rampart Range project

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.

Grading work on a new trailhead

Grading work on a new trailhead

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.


More winners of this award

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2018: Horseshoe Bend Park Trail Restoration - New Jersey

2017: Alaka'i Swamp Trail - Hawaii

2016: Cochran Mill Park Trail - Georgia

2015: Ice Age Trail - Wisconsin

2014: Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area - Pennsylvania

2014: Sawyer Trail Project/Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area - Louisiana

2013: Northern Erie Sno-Seekers Trail Grooming - New York

2012: Lombard Trail - Idaho

2011: Musselshell Trail System - Idaho

2009: Kings Campground and Trailhead Project - California

2008: Storms' Crossing - Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Trail - South Dakota

2007: Cary Bayou Trail - Texas

2006: Wyoming State Trail Crew

2005: Kerby Peak Trail - Oregon

2004: Teton Wilderness Maintenance and Rehabilitation Projects - Wyoming

2003: Wayehutta ATV Trail System - North Carolina