U.S. Forest Service gives RTA go-ahead for RGS trail clearing
Montelores Bridge crosses the Dolores River near Colorado Hwy 145 at the Montezuma-Dolores county line 4 miles south of Rico.
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July 16, 2022
The Rico Trails Alliance (RTA) has received permission from the United States Forest Service (USFS) to begin vegetation clearing of the former Rio Grande Southern (RGS) railroad grade between Rico and the Montelores Bridge south of Rico. RTA board member and president Alex Wing announced the USFS approval at a meeting of RTA trails volunteers Thursday night, July 14 in Rico. USFS gave RGS trail clearing a green-light the previous day.
An initial site assessment of a proposed bridge site at the north end of the RGS trail project is underway. This new bridge will cross the Dolores River at the site of the former RGS crossing. The site assessment is preparation for a bridge construction grant application to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) or other funding source.
. . . to steward the local and regional trail systems in and around Rico, Colorado, focusing on user education and the access, development, and use of non-motorized trails.
Other RTA info:
- Rico Trustees approve RGS River Trail cooperative agreement with RTA, easement with landowner, & planning grant application- September 23, 2020 https://www.orecart.info/blog/2020-09-23-rgs-river-trail
- RTA Proposes Bike Trails on Town-Owned Parcels - May 30, 2020
- Repairs To Begin on Two Rico Water Tanks - July 27, 2020. Scroll down to Mountain bike skills park and Popek trail easement - Rio Grand Southern route
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