Confusion about off-leash trails leads to name change on portion of Spring Creek path near Steamboat high school |

Confusion about off-leash trails leads to name change on portion of Spring Creek path near Steamboat high school

The city of Steamboat Springs will change the name of lower Spring Creek Trail to Sailors Way after dog owners confused it with the beginning of upper Spring Creek Trail, which starts at the unpaved parking area at East Maple Street and Amethyst Drive. The two trails have different leash rules for pets.
Frances Hohl

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Confusion by pet owners about where lower and upper Spring Creek Trails start and end has led the city to change the name of one of the paths.

The lower part of Spring Creek Trail — which runs from Fish Creek Falls Road near Third Street, goes up by Steamboat Springs High School and ends at East Maple Street and Amethyst Drive — will now be called Sailors Way, reflecting the school’s mascot.

Upper Spring Creek Trail is a multiuse path that begins at the unpaved parking area at East Maple and Amethyst and winds 5.2 miles to Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass. Dogs are allowed off leash only on the lower portion of the trail, now named Sailors Way.

“We saw so many dogs off leash on the upper Spring Creek Trail. It was confusing to the community,” city Open Space and Trails Manager Craig Robinson said.

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“We’ll be working on replacing the signs this summer,” he said.

The honor of renaming the lower part of the trail was given to the high school’s Teen Council.

“The trail is probably used a lot by the students, but really it was a way to involve the teens in city matters and help them learn about local politics,” Robinson said.

Teen Council executive committee member Andrew Petersen said Sailors Way seemed the obvious choice after talking with students throughout the school.

“You can see the trail from half the classrooms,” Petersen said. “It’s a part of our school, and the kids really feel connected to it.”

Steamboat Springs City Council ratified the name change at its most recent meeting.

Parks and Recreation staff expects the city will spend about $3,175 changing the signage on the lower trail.

Frances Hohl is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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