Have you heard of the Eagle Valley Trail? It is a scenic Colorado bike trail many years and many dollars in the making. With only 12 more miles to go for the current segment of the trail, bikers are getting ready to see what all the hype is about. This current stretch of pavement connects Dotsero to Gypsum. Once fully complete, cyclists will be able to pedal 63 miles between the top of Vail Pass to Glenwood Canyon without using the highway. Continue reading for more information. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.
Plans For The Trail
As if 63 miles isn’t already an incredibly long bike trail, things won’t end there. Linking with other pavement and trails, the new Eagle Valley Trail will allow extreme riders the chance to traverse nearly 140 miles from Breckenridge to Aspen. Again this is completely off the highway—there aren’t many places in the US that gives you this much distance with this much protected lanes. But why build such an expansive trail in the first place? Eco-tourism is one consideration. The other reason is to connect residents across Eagle County, from Vail to Minturn to Edwards west through Eagle Colorado.
The initiative is to create greener, healthier and more inclusive travel while giving communities safe routes that are accessible for all walks of life. Also, the trail connects to bus stops, places of work and other green open spaces. Of course such a major project does not come cheap. It’s expected to take $38.2 million from start to finish. There are several other segments of the trail left to complete. The biggest gap of trail is between the areas of Edwards and Wolcott. The goal of completing the Eagle Valley Trail in its entirety is to finish sometime in 2024.