5:39 am - Saturday March 25, 2017


On Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th, approximately 60 volunteers led by the statewide nonprofit, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), will celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping to construct a sustainable mountain bike trail connecting downtown Salida to the Arkansas Hills Trail System.


WHAT: PHOTO and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY.  This is an excellent opportunity to illustrate individuals coming together to care for Colorado’s outdoors and improve our state’s recreational opportunities. The Cottonwood Trail provides a quality experience for users as it winds through sections of dense forest, and also opens upon fantastic vistas of the Arkansas River Valley as well as the Sangre De Cristo and Collegiate Mountain Ranges. Once completed, the trail will provide the critical link needed to complete a 17-mile loop beginning and ending in downtown Salida utilizing the Arkansas Hills Trail System and provide safe and easy access for residents and recreational tourists. Volunteers will construct approximately 900 feet of brand new trail to enhance this trail system to accommodate the increasing recreation demands and pressure on our public lands.

WHO:  Approximately 60 volunteers ages 18 and up will participate on each day. The effort is hosted by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, in partnership with the USFS- Salida Ranger District and Salida Mountain Trails Thanks to generous sponsors – Noble Energy, The Boeing Company, Oracle, IMB-Precision Engineering, Colorado Lottery, Clif Bar & Company – and partners – The Burrell Family Foundation, Sprout Foundation, National Forest Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, and the US Forest Service – who helped fund this project.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Cottonwood trail in Salida, Co. From 291 turn North-East onto CR 175 (sign for Spiral Drive) and cross bridge over the Arkansas River. Turn right after the bridge to stay on CR 175. 175 will turn into a dirt road after less than 2 miles. From the dirt road, travel 5.3 miles to the campsite. You will reach a Y intersection as you travel along 175 – head to the right along CR 181. Stay on 181 (south) until you reach the campsite – which will be on your right hand side on a ridge, with a “VOC” sign.

WHY:  The lower Cottonwood Trail project is located just 4 miles northeast of Salida, CO and will be the final piece of trail to connect the Arkansas Hills Trail System, and the 17 mile Cottonwood Trail loop, to downtown. This project will continue to build on the new non-motorized single-track trail on USFS land. The city of Salida is an active mountain-biking community that frequently uses these trails and benefits greatly from the investment and involvement from land management agencies and non-profits who work to design, construct, and maintain these trails sustainably.

CONTACT:  For more information, please contact Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator, Allison Stewart at astewart@voc.org or 719-530-3977. Please note that cell phone service may be unavailable, so we strongly advise that you schedule a meeting arrangement before your arrival.



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