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Steamboat earns Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community status

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs has been designated as a Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community, and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and various business and community groups will gather Saturday, Sept. 29, at Summit Lake to mark the official designation.

If you go

What: Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community celebration
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
Where: Storm Peak Brewery

"We are thrilled to welcome Steamboat Springs as an official CDT Gateway Community," Teresa Martinez, executive director of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, was quoted as saying in a news release. "This designation helps us celebrate the important connections between those who travel the CDT, and the communities that live along the trail. With the welcoming atmosphere that residents provide to CDT travelers, Steamboat Springs is a perfect fit for our grassroots movement to complete, promote and protect the CDT."

Steamboat Springs is the nation's 14th CDT Gateway Community, a new sign proclaiming the designation status will be installed at Summit Lake.

The public is invited to a happy hour celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Storm Peak Brewery to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System. At the event, a representative from Big Agnes will talk about the company's recent Border to Backyard Rally, wherein employees from Big Agnes and sister company Honey Stinger hiked, biked or rode a horse along the 740-mile Colorado section of the trail.

Launched in 2013 by the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, the CDT Gateway Community program serves to help communities benefit from their proximity to the CDT.

"We are a community that loves our trails," Laura Soard, marketing director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber, was quoted as saying in the release. "We're proud to have one of the world's best through hikes right in our backyard and to be named the newest CDT Gateway Community."

The effort to earn Steamboat's designation was led by the Forest Service, the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, Friends of the Wilderness, Point6, Steamboat Resort and the Steamboat Chamber.

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