Sunday, February 27, 2022

Colorado: Roaring Fork Horse Council wants to see Sweetwater-area trail use limited to foot, horses - Full Article

by John Stroud
February 23, 2022

A horseback riding advocacy group based in the Roaring Fork Valley wants to see access to trails in the Sweetwater Lake area limited to horseback and hiking only.

“The inclusion of horse facilities in future planning is of utmost importance and makes total sense, as the surrounding (U.S. Forest Service) Flattops Wilderness is accessible only by foot or horseback,” Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council Secretary and Trails Chairperson Susan Cuseo wrote in a drafte letter to U.S. Forest Service, State Parks and Eagle Valley Land Trust officials.

Early planning is underway for potentially creating a new state park on lands surrounding the recently acquired Sweetwater Lake area. The lake is situated just outside the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in northeastern Garfield County, but is accessed via the Colorado River Road in Eagle County from Interstate 70 east of Glenwood Canyon...

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