County recpaths now open |

County recpaths now open

Summit County’s paved recreation paths connecting communities and running from Copper to Vail are now open.

“Recent warm weather has helped us open the recreational pathway system just as the ski areas close,” said Brad Eckert, Summit County Open Space and Trails resource specialist said in a press release.

But users are advised to watch for wet and icy spots in shady areas, as well as some sandy places.

“Most backcountry trails are likely to be very muddy for several weeks, and we hope that the early opening of the recpath will provide alternatives to avoid damage to trails during this time period when they are most fragile,” Eckert said in the press release.

Reconstruction is to occur on sections of the Vail Pass recpath near Copper Mountain Resort, the Dillon Dam recpath and the Frisco Lakefront recpath. Further improvements are to occur at sections of the path near Summit Cove and Bill’s Ranch.

The paths are open to nonmotorized use including runners, walkers, dog walkers, skaters, cyclists and more. To prevent collisions, people are asked to pull off the path when stopping.

Questions regarding the paths may be directed to the county’s Open Space and Trails department at (970) 668-4060.

– Robert Allen

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