New trails open to use; parking discussion is next
New uphill and downhill singletrack parallels part of Prince Creek Road.
The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board adopted the Prince Creek Management Plan in July. The plan envisioned an off-road trail and a parking area to improve safety and alleviate parking along Prince Creek Road.
PARKING The so-called Bull Pen property was acquired by Open Space and Trails along with property and trail easements along the road where a new trail was constructed. The Bull Pen was identified as a potential trailhead/parking location. The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board evaluated parking alternatives at a Dec. 12th meeting. Two options were chosen to present to the public for feedback. Those options will be posted to this website soon, kicking off a public comment period. Watch here for further details.
NEW TRAIL OPEN TO USE The Prince Creek Management Plan allowed construction of a 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.
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.