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National Trails Day

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day was a great success for Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) and their volunteers on Saturday! With the help of 5 volunteers and 1 HTA staff member, we were able to complete about a .5 mile of new construction on the beautiful new trail connecting the Fraser River Trail in Fraser and the top of County Road 804 by the Meadowridge subdivision. This trail should be complete with only one more work day with volunteers. The perfect weather and the eager, hard-working volunteers was a perfect recipe for success, and a great way to celebrate National Trails Day. A big thank you to these volunteers, as well as to all volunteers throughout the year. Without your help, hundreds of miles of trails in Grand County would not be maintained and managed. If you are looking for upcoming volunteer opportunities, check out the HTA website at http://www.headwaterstrails.org and click on the event calendar.

Trails Night 2016

Headwaters Trails Alliance is hosting its annual Trails Night event Friday, June 17 at the HTA office in Fraser (120 Zerex St.). Everyone is welcome and invited. This is a free event with appetizers refreshments and fun for everyone. This is another great way to learn how to get involved with trails. There will be different government agencies as well as trail organizations discussing what projects they will be working on throughout the summer. Please RSVP to this event by calling HTA at 970-726-1013 or email hta@headwaters.org.

Tuesday Trail Nights

Join HTA and GMBA (Grand Mountain Biking Association) for the new trail maintenance weekly event starting June 21. We will be combining forces every Tuesday participating in a trail maintenance workshop. This is a great opportunity to give back to all of our fun trails. We will be working on a different trail each week. Updates for these events will be on HTA’s website and Facebook page as well as GMBA’s Facebook page.

Trail Conditions

With the warmer temperatures finally arriving in Grand County, more and more trails are gradually becoming exposed from the snow. For dry riding opportunities, check out trails toward Granby and Tabernash. Granby Ranch has most of their trails open with the perk of several wildflowers along the way. The Phases trails are another area that has clear and dry routes. For the Winter Park and Fraser area, the Leland Creek trails are a good option with only a few wet areas as well as a few trails in the Idlewild trail system. Please always use caution on all trails throughout the season. This time of year, there is a chance of trails being flooded and always watch out for falling and downed trees along trails.

What is National Trails Day®?

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America’s magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. For public and private land managers alike, National Trails Day® is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.

For more trail updates and information check out the HTA website http://www.headwaterstrails.org or check out or Facebook page.