Planning Ridgway’s Trail Systems

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for public input that will help shape the trail system at Ridgway state park.
Ridgway State Park
Ridgway State Park

Ridgway State Park is in the process of evaluating current and potential future trail systems at the park and would like to receive public comments before drafting a trails master plan.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has put together an online survey regarding trails in and around Ridgway State Park. The public has until April 8, 2022 to provide feedback.

The survey includes questions regarding current use and conditions as well as what the public would like to see improved or changed going forward.

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Park visitor enjoys multi-use trail.

“The more diverse input we receive, the better it is going to be for the park resources and visitors of Ridgway State Park,” said park manager Kirstin Copeland. “We really want to hear from everyone who likes to use the park to get a sense of what can be made better and more accessible to a variety of users.”

Projects being considered include better connectivity between sections of the park and connecting more campgrounds to trails. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is also looking at updating signage around the park’s trails.

Accessibility to trails for all park visitors is also a priority for CPW. Staunton State Park has implemented a successful track-chair program to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live life outside and share outdoor experiences with friends and family. A track-chair program is planned at Ridgway State Park, as well.

“We are looking at everything from trailhead development to trail reconstruction,” said CPW Southwest Region Trails Coordinator Josh Stoudt. “Our trail users and their needs are different now than in previous generations. We need to look at our existing infrastructure as well as our future needs when developing a new trails master plan. A big part of that is making sure we do our due diligence to bring in the diverse viewpoints of the public to get a clear picture of current use and what people want to see in the future.”

kids biking

Written by John Livingston. John is the Southwest region public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

One Response

  1. For Ridgeway, and all state parks: Loop trails are nice. Loops are the best. Loops can reduce face-on conflicts. Loops can reduce impact on wildlife, especially if loops are one way. Build loop trails!

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