Could I get a brief history of the trail development on the BLM land in the Frutia/GJ area?
Up in Steamboat Springs,CO, the BLM has recently taken over management of 4000 acres of prime open space, directly south of town, Emerald Mountain. This could be a prime mountain bike area, and already has an extensive ranch road, and cow trail network. Prior to the BLM's possession, some members of the MTB community rode in this area, illegally. The land was owned by the state land board and leased to cattle ranchers. It was public land, but not open to the public, as no "official" network of transportation corridors are present. The BLM now has posession, and is SLOWLY opening the area to use by bikes. The entire parcel was opened to hikers, hunters, cattle and horsemen once the BLM took posession, but they have not released any maps of the area showing the roads, and trails that are present. I'd like to see more riding oppurtunites open to bikers, but don't know how to get in good with the BLM, and would like to use the trail development of the trail networks in the GJ area as a model.
web info about emerald mt at:
A good map showing the management plan's two zones is here, MTB are only allowed in Zone 1, and only as the BLM builds suitable trails for our use. It also shows the proximity to downtown steamboat.
What I'm afraid of is the BLM does not have the ability to enforce their management plan, and mountain bikers will eventually go into areas where we are not allowed and undermine any attempts for further legal access. The area is not well signed, and it's existing roads will give easy access to illegal riding, and it's right next to a well known, and well used trail system. For example, from downtown Steamboat, you can ride up legal trails, and at the top of Emerald access existing roads, and trails that are well established, and pass onto the illegal areas of the BLM's parcel without any noticeable change in the ride.
What do you think about this, and what advise can you offer to us up here for the ongoing development of this public land based on your experences with the BLM down there, or anywhere else for that matter?
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