Routt County’s new West Connector Trail links Steamboat with suburbs |

Routt County’s new West Connector Trail links Steamboat with suburbs

Routt County Road and Bridge Supervisor Janet Hruby confirms the new 1.5-mile West Connector Trail pedestrian/bicycle route linking the western city limits of Steamboat Springs with three rural subdivisions in the county will open Friday.

The dirt trail provides a connection from Routt County Road 42 and the Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur subdivisions on the west to Gloria Gossard Parkway and the West Acres and West End Village neighborhoods on the east.

“While a bit rough and hilly, the trail offers an alternate route to town from U.S. Highway 40,” Hruby wrote in an e-mail. She added a plea to trail users to respect private property.

The trail is for non-motorized use only.

“The backcountry trail is on a temporary easement from the property owners and passes completely through private property,” Hruby said. “Help keep this trail available by staying on the trail (including dogs). Another reason to stay on the trail is that it passes near the gun range property. Stay on the trail to avoid potential hazards. The trail is for non-motorized use only.”

Hruby said that, at the direction of the County Commissioners and in response to concerns from the Routt County Rifle Club, she has placed warning signs along the trail, cautioning users against straying and improvising informal trails.

The trail is not in the line of fire from the shooting range, but it runs in proximity to the club’s rear property boundary, and club officials have expressed concern about people who might wander off the trail.

Hruby said the location of the shooting range is marked on signs at either end of the trail.

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