Developing Trail Systems: Costs and Best Practices

Trails are more than simply lines on a map, a form of transportation or route to destinations. Trails are an experience. Engaging trails systems provide a sense of unique place, highlight natural topography and attract outdoor-based tourism. A vast and varied experience hooks trails users and leaves them wanting to return for more exploration. This tool kit offers suggestions for building destination-worthy trail systems.

by San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLV GO!)

This section on cost estimates is from the SLV-GO Master Plan: The following costs are provided as planning level information to aid in developing and defining trail projects and projecting budgets for grant applications. The cost estimates reflect the expected typical conditions for terrain in San Luis Valley and are based on present trends. That said, the SLV spans a wide variety of terrain so trail project costs will vary depending on topographic features and soil conditions.

Attached document published August 2015

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Our mission is to provide residents and visitors throughout the San Luis Valley with accessible and inclusive outdoor recreation opportunities that connect communities, improve wellness, encourage stewardship, and contribute to the economic vitality of the region.

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