Our community loves trails in our “front country.” Natural surface trails take advantage of our conveniently close and beautiful open spaces, serve the recreational interests of many residents and cost little to build and maintain. What’s not to like?
The thorough public process used to evaluate and define the SkyRaider trail demonstrates strong popular support. At present, the Raider Ridge overlooks the entire Skyridge neighborhood for nearly three miles, with the only credible way to reach the ridge being the Skyline Trail at the north end of the neighborhood and the Horse Gulch Trail at the southern end of Raider Ridge.
The SkyRaider Trail serves to bisect the “three-mile wall” of Raider Ridge, providing both access to the top of Raider Ridge from the Skyridge neighborhood and establishing a new connection with the Horse Gulch trail system.
As a member of Durango’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, I am acutely aware that city resources are unable to fund many of the recreational amenities desired by town residents.
Remarkably, Durango’s Trails 2000 volunteer organization is building this valuable recreational amenity at no cost to the city.
Accordingly, I look forward to completing this trail project and other “front country” proposals that serve to provide residents convenient, affordable recreational opportunities on the open space(s) surrounding our fair town.