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Thread: BLM Approves Adding 22.5 Miles of New Trail to Phil's World!

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    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
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    BLM Approves Adding 22.5 Miles of New Trail to Phil's World!

    I know some of y'all are fans of the Phil's World trail system in SW Colorado near Cortez, so I'm sharing:

    I've been on an email update list for Phil's World for awhile, and BLM has announced that they have approved the addition of 22.5 miles of new trail to the Phil's World system. There is reference to SWCCA (Southwest Colorado Cycling Association) volunteers building trail, but I don't know if part of it will be on contract or if it will be all volunteer. In addition to the new trails that will utilize the IMBA stacked-loop concept, there will be new trailheads and parking areas off country roads at the north end of the project.

    Wildlife migration, nesting eagles, bitty mice, cultural resources and more were taken into consideration to get to this point. The trail system will be open to NON-MOTORIZED users: so hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians (!), although the existing part of the trails system does not seem at all equestrian friendly and I can't imagine that much or any of the new trail will be.

    If you'd like to read the notification letter (including a map showing the proposed trails), click here.

    There is strong support for this project in the Montezuma Valley, because it is sinking in how powerful mountain biking is as an economic driver, and Cortez and Mancos (and to a lesser extent, Dolores), are all heavily dependent on the tourist economy and the BLM has been responsive to expanding Phil's World.

    There is also a completely different ongoing (initial planning stages) project (Paths to Mesa Verde) to create a multi-use path from Cortez and Mancos to the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. The Cortez to Mesa Verde section would have a spur to the Phil's World parking lot off Highway 160 and how cool would that be?
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    MoJo Mother Superior TheSarge's Avatar
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    This is excellent news!

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    MoJo Bishop Browndog's Avatar
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    Love that trail!

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    Live Medium Bamwa's Avatar
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    "Due to terrain, there may be some locations where 'hike-a-bike'
    (stepping off a bicycle and walking) will be required.
    Responsive to Issue: Recreation, Resources
    Rationale: Allowing for 'hike-a-bike' sections of trails accomplishes two
    recreational goals: It allows for extremely challenging riding
    opportunities for those seeking that experience, and it also helps
    maintain a natural setting for all users rather than over-engineering a
    trail that might otherwise not conform to the landscape."

    What? No B lines?
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    Welcome to Costco, I love you. ninjammin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    What? No B lines?
    Oh boy.....can we not do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    Oh boy.....can we not do this?
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