UPRR- Rail Trail
Hey, trail advocates — this amazing interactive map shows some of the abandoned rail lines in the US, including the UPRR in Boulder County. Anybody out there interested in helping us get this rail-trail conversion underway??
BATCO “Harvest Party” and Meeting Monday, Nov. 13
BATCO – BCHA Trail Work Project at Heil 2 a Big Success
Here are a few photos of the event to make you wish you’d been there (and a big thanks to those who were) — stay tuned for future trail projects!
Greetings, Trail Users!
It’s National Public Lands Day!
This is YOUR INVITATION to participate with BCHA, BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space in a fun morning of building a NEW PEDESTRIAN/EQUESTRIAN TRAIL at Heil Valley Ranch. This new trail will connect the new parking / trailhead at Heil and two other new trails with the existing trail system. Show your appreciation for public lands by joining up with the project!
Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
We will be fine-tuning the new pedestrian/equestrian connector at Heil Valley Ranch. The work will be moderately strenuous and will include the use of hand tools such as McLeods, pick mattocks, and your brawn.
We will be about a 15 minute walk away from the parking lot and your vehicles, so it is a good idea to bring a backpack to carry water, snacks, clothes, etc.
Meeting time: 9:00am Project End time: 12:00 pm
“The Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch.
2-1952 Geer Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO 80302.
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Directions to the “Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch:
- From Boulder: Travel north on Foothills Highway 36. Turn left on Lefthand Canyon Drive. Turn right on Geer Canyon Drive, and drive 0.3 miles. Meeting location and parking will be on the left just before the road turns from paved to dirt.
- From Longmont: Travel west on Nelson Road, then turn left on Foothills Highway 36. Turn right on Lefthand Canyon Drive. Turn right on Geer Canyon Drive and drive 0.3 miles. Meeting location and parking will be on the left just before the road turns from paved to dirt.
Weather in Colorado is unpredictable no matter the time of year. It is important that you bring warm and waterproof clothing that you can work in, as we will try to complete the work in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow). I would suggest checking the forecast before the project at NOAA and search Longmont, CO. I will let you know as soon as possible if we need to cancel/postpone due to more severe weather predictions.
What You Should Bring:
Water bottle and water
Sturdy shoes/boots – no sandals please (yes, people have shown up in sandals)
Pants – recommended
Work gloves (if you have a special pair) otherwise we will provide
Layers of clothes
Backpack – for carrying clothing, food, ect.
Binoculars or camera (optional)
We will provide:
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Your contribution toward this project will be greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you. Please feel free to contact Ari if you have any additional questions. Thanks again for volunteering with BATCO, BCHA and Boulder County Parks & Open Space!
Suzanne Webel, for BATCO / BCHA
Ari Addes, for BCPOS
Ari Addes | Recreation & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator
Boulder County Parks and Open Space
5201 St. Vrain Rd. Longmont CO 80503
Office: 303-678-6344 | Cell: 720-597-0898
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Introducing Great Old Broads for Wilderness!
Please note that this event was cancelled because the speaker, Ralph Swain, was called in to help fight a fire in the Grand Junction area, and we wish him a safe and successful battle against the flames. We thank him and all firefighters there for their courage and their work! We will try to re-schedule this event hopefully in August, and will keep you all posted.