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Coming Sunday: Steamboat Springs on the verge of a trail rush

Scott Franz

Routt County Riders Vice President Eric Meyer, right, and Bureau of Land Management engineer Gordon Gardunio walk through what will become the new Wild Rose Trail on Emerald Mountain. New trails on Emerald are among the first trail projects to receive the backing of the city's lodging tax.

— The chainsaws are buzzing.

A new trail building machine is clawing away at dirt way up on Emerald Mountain.

Steamboat Springs is on the verge of a trail rush.

Armed with millions of dollars in lodging tax dollars from tourist stays for the next decade, a seven-member volunteer committee hasn’t wasted any time coming up with recommendations for how to spend the money.

Round one of the spending is now underway.

This summer, residents and visitors will start to see the impact of the spending on Emerald and places closer to town.

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In later years, the focus will pivot to the sprawling national forest from Mad Creek to Rabbit Ears.

In the June 27 issue of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, look for a story focusing on the first round of lodging tax trail projects and how the committee picked them.

While you wait, check out a video of a new trail machine that is making progress on one of the first new trails to be backed by the tax dollars.

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