A series of BLM parcels roughly follows the south rim of the Smith Fork Canyon and could connect the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area to Crawford State Park. These parcels provide an opportunity to create a trail system linking to the two parks.
Counties that promote tourism look for ways to create and enhance walking and biking trails. There is some private land interspersed with the BLM parcels, but such issues have been overcome elsewhere. Unfortunately, the BLM may lease four of these parcels to oil and gas developers next August. The opportunity to link the parks with a trail would likely be lost for generations. Why isn't the Delta County Tourism Cabinet looking into this? Where are biking and hiking groups? What about the Friends of Crawford State Park or Park management? Is there a "friends" group for the BLM administered GGNCA and are they interested in trails? Has the Southwest Resource Advisory Council discussed the possibility of trails? And, most of all, where is the BLM on this and why aren't they looking at trail possibilities?
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