The public is invited to help celebrate Colorado Land Conservation Appreciation Week and the completion of the last leg of the East of Aspen Trail at a ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday, August 23rd at 4pm. The five-mile-long East of Aspen Trail runs adjacent to Highway 82 from downtown Aspen to Difficult Campground. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Recreation Planner, Lindsey Utter. “Sections of the trail have been constructed over the past 20 years, and this last section from Wildwood Drive to the campground road will make it possible for cyclists, walkers, runners, etc. to go from town to Difficult without having to venture out onto the busy highway,” Utter said. The ribbon cutting and celebration of Colorado Land Conservation Appreciation Week was scheduled to coincide with, but not interfere with, the USA Pro Cycling event which will head out of town over Independence Pass earlier in the day. “There will certainly be some ‘buzz’ associated with the bike race,” Utter admitted. “We hope people who are as excited as we are about completing the trail will join us for the ceremony.” Refreshments and prizes will be given away while they last. The public is asked to bicycle to the event if possible or if driving, park at the Difficult Campground entrance and walk down to Wildwood Lane where the ribbon cutting will take place.
East of Aspen Trail is Finished to Difficult Campground
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