Site prep is underway for a bridge connection to the Rio Grande Trail
Construction work is now underway at Lazy Glen Open Space in preparation for placement of a pedestrian bridge across the Roaring Fork River that will link Lazy Glen Subdivision with the open space and Rio Grande Trail on the opposite side of the river.
The bridge will be placed this fall. Work is being done to prepare abutments for the span and trail connections that will link the bridge to the Rio Grande. The trail paving will take place next year. At right is an artist's rendering of the planned bridge.
A management plan for Lazy Glen Open Space was adopted by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board in May 2016. It outlines uses for the 73-acre property, including the bridge and trail connections, and agricultural uses of the land. The plan is available for download below.
A small parking lot was constructed at Lazy Glen Open Space in 2016. The barn on the property is used for agricultural purposes and to store Nordic grooming equipment.
Sheep graze at Lazy Glen Open Space.
Agriculture About 10 acres of irrigated land on an upper bench has been leased to Shining Mountain Farms LLC. For 2017, the operator is engaged in small-animal husbandry (sheep and poultry), along with mushroom cultivation and growing/drying herbs. Heritage varieties of apple trees have been planted, as well, and vegetable crops are under cultivation.
Recreation Bicyclists and pedestrians may access the open space from the Rio Grande Trail. Dogs must be leashed on the north side of the river (and on the Rio Grande Trail). Dogs under voice and sight control are permitted on the open space on the south side of the river.
Fishing access is available; anglers are urged to avoid trampling riparian vegetation. Private boaters are allowed to use Lazy Glen as an access point and location to eddy out. No launch is proposed. No commercial boating is permitted.
Hiking access to Bionaz Gulch on the north side of the Rio Grande Trail is closed seasonally from Dec. 1st through April 30th. No dogs or bikes are permitted in the Gulch. Please respect private property boundaries.