Groups plan National Trails Day celebration in Steamboat Springs |

Groups plan National Trails Day celebration in Steamboat Springs

Celebrate the trails many know and love this Saturday for National Trails Day with many opportunities to give back and help build new trails. (In this photo: Biker Andrew Beckler on Pioneer Ridge a Steamboat Resort trail.
Laraine Martin

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Area trails provide a natural oasis, and it’s part of the reason why many choose to visit or call the Yampa Valley home. And this weekend, there are opportunities to give back to these trails by celebrating and volunteering during National Trails Day.

Typically held the first Saturday in June, it’s a day set aside to promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits trails provide, encourage people to discover their local trails and raise awareness and spark excitement for the outdoors.

The city of Steamboat Springs’ open space and trails crew as well as the Routt County Riders will offer community trail work days starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“What better way to get outside on this day and make a lasting impression in the community?” said Jenny Carey, city of Steamboat Springs Open Space and Trails coordinator. “Your efforts will result in an amenity that will be enjoyed for years to come.”

The city’s open space and trails crew will be building a new T-Bar Trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Emerald Mountain.

Following the path cleared in 1940 for the ski lift up Emerald Mountain, the T-Bar Trail will start from Backmere Drive above the Orton Trail and gain around 900 vertical feet in a mile before ending at the Blair Witch Trail.

Trail crews and volunteers will be adding water diversion features, installing trail signage and enhancing the unofficial trail. Once work is completed, the new trail, specifically for hiking and horseback users, will officially join the city’s trail system.

On the backside of Emerald, Routt County Riders’ trail crew and volunteers will be working on the Rotary and Ridge trails, meeting at the parking at 9 a.m. and working until the corridor is cleared around 1 p.m.

Later on in the evening, National Trails Day crews and volunteers are invited to Storm Peak Brewing Co. from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate.

To sign up to volunteer on Emerald Mountain by contacting Jenny Carey, open space and trails coordinator at 970-871-7014 and sign up to work with Routt County Riders at or

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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