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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.
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.
Published July 2014
The Bay Trail Project is a nonprofit organization administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) that plans, promotes and advocates for the implementation of a continuous 500-mile bicycling and hiking path around San Francisco Bay. Two of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Bay Trail: “When will it be done?” and “How much will it cost?”
A 1986 study from the USFS on backcountry management costs.
This study presents a more comprehensive understanding of rail-trail maintenance, as has been done for other rail-trail issues such as construction costs, economic impact and rails-with-trails. Such an approach enables the rail-trail community to focus its limited resources more effectively on addressing the most critical issues.