The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board adopted the Prince Creek Management Plan in July 2017. The plan envisioned an off-road trail and a parking area to improve safety and alleviate parking along Prince Creek Road.
BULL PEN PARKING GOES TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, P&Z The Open Space and Trails Board has chosen to proceed with a trailhead/parking area on the Bull Pen property on Prince Creek Road. The Board of County Commissioners will take up that recommendation at 1 PM on March 6th. Commissioners will meet at the Pitkin County Library. If Commissioners approve the project, an application to construct the lot will go to the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission when it meets Tuesday, April 3 at 5 PM at the Pitkin County Library. This meeting is a public hearing. The application is available for public inspection at the county's Community Development Department on the third floor of Aspen City Hall.
The application is for what is called the East Bull Pen proposal - one of two options that were considered by the Open Space and Trails Board when it met Feb. 22nd. The materials for that meeting, and public comment on the two options, are available in the document directly below.
The so-called Bull Pen property along Prince Creek Road was acquired by Pitkin County with parking in mind. Also acquired were properties and easements that allowed last year's construction of new singletrack connecting the Bull Pen to existing trails on the Crown.
NEW TRAIL OPENED, THEN CLOSED Flooding and ice, and the resulting removal of four bridges, has closed the Prince Creek Trail until further notice. The trail was posted closed on Dec. 21, 2017.
The Prince Creek Management Plan allowed construction of the trail on open space along Prince Creek Road. Separate uphill and downhill routes were ultimately built along a roughly 1.45-mile stretch of the road, extending between the Bull Pen parcel and the Prince Creek Quickie trail. A huge volunteer effort led to construction of the trails, including 13 bridges, in the summer and fall of 2017. An estimated 1,232 volunteer hours went into the effort. The new trail was intended to be open year-round until the flooding forced its closure. Keep in mind, a number of trails on the Crown are closed to biking during the winter months. Please respect all closure signs and gates.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND... Prince Creek Road, just outside of Carbondale, lies partially within Garfield County but mostly within Pitkin County. It is heavily used by pedestrians, as well as mountain bikers who use it to access a network of trails west of the road, leading onto BLM land known as the Crown.
For more information contact: Jessie Young Environmental planner 970-429-6169 or firstname.lastname@example.org