I am very excited about what the general public, especially in western Colorado, stands to gain from the proposed Bear Ranch land exchange.
My family and I love riding our ATVs recreationally all over Colorado and Utah, but I have to admit that I have never ridden the Ragged Mountain Trail.
After seeing several stories and letters to the editor about the area and the land exchange, and hearing about these beautiful trails I decided to look into it for myself.
From what I have come to understand the current trail at Spring Creek is not often utilized because the access is difficult to locate and extremely dangerous. This other trail I keep hearing about is also apparently difficult to access, has no actual trailhead and does not allow for any motorized users. So when I read about Bear Ranch's proposal to build and pay for a new trail and trailhead that will allow everyone from mountain bikers to hikers and ATV users to access the Ragged Mountain Trail via Spring Creek I was very excited.
From what I have read the taxpayers are getting a great deal as well with the lands that are being traded in Gunnison and Uintah counties, but I am most excited for the new opportunities right in my back yard.
The North Fork Valley is a beautiful area and the idea of being able to make a day trip out of exploring this new trail and then stopping off in Paonia for pizza and a micro beer is exactly why I love living in western Colorado.
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