Special Projects

Open Space & Trails work on a number of special projects and studies to improve and to expand the Recpath, to construct additional trails and trailheads, to engage the community in events like Bike to Work Day, to protect historic resources, to cleanup abandoned mines, and to restore rivers for enhancing water quality, fisheries, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. 

Dillon Dam Recpath Maintenance

Improvements to the Dillon Dam section of the Summit County Recreational Pathway System (Recpath) in the vicinity of the Dillon Dam Control Buildings were completed June 22, 2017 after approximately 4-weeks. Approximately 600 feet of existing asphalt will be improved, including widening, regarding, and asphalt replacement, drainage improvements including new catch basins and gutters, fence relocation, guardrail replacement, and slope stabilization. Columbine Hills Concrete, Inc., on behalf of the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department, completed the work.

“This project replaces a section of the Recpath that is in poor condition,” said Jason Lederer, Open Space and Trails Senior Resource Specialist. “It improves safety for Recpath users, and enhances their recreational experience. The contractor will make every effort to have the project completed ahead of schedule, weather permitting." During construction the contractor maintained a Recpath detour along Dillon Dam Road.


Landfill Trails

Summit County Open Space & Trails seeks to create a more robust trail network on the Summit County Landfill property and adjacent open space. The end result will create loops within the landfill and additional connections to the Oro Grande Trail, Tenderfoot Meadows Open Space, Dillon Cemetery, Disc Golf Park, and the Bob Craig Open Space. Identifying and defining safe crossings of Highway 6, connecting the Summit Cove area to the Landfill network is a priority. 
The area includes open slopes with little vegetation, steep, south facing slopes, and potential wetland crossings.

The Landfill Trails a currently under construction, so please stay off the trails until construction is complete, which should be sometim during Summer 2017.

Landfill Trails Map (under construction)

Swan River Restoration  

The Summit County Open Space & Trails Department, along with numerous project partners, are working to restore a more than 2 mile long stretch of the Swan River near Breckenridge. Approximately half of this distance is on land jointly owned by Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge. Additional information about this project, its history, and what is happening now is available at Restore the Swan River, the Swan River Restoration Project Blog, and in the documents below:

Project Overview  2009 Conceptual Design Plan  2012 Concept Plan  2013 Preliminary Design Report  Environmental Assessment  USFS Decision Notice  BOCC Reso 2016-22 CUP Milling  Mine Permit Reclamation Plan Approved  Phase I Travel Management Plan  US Army Corp of Engineers Permit #27   Swan River Fish Survey 2016

For additional information on this project, contact Jason Lederer at 970-668-4213.

Fremont Pass Recreation Path Design Narrative

The Fremont Recreational Pathway (Fremont Recpath) is a collaborative effort of Summit and Lake Counties, and the Climax Molybdenum Company to explore a potential regional, multimodal, separated recreational Pathway alignment connecting the pathway systems of the two Counties and passing through properties on Fremont Pass owned and mined by Climax. The conceptual alignment of the proposed Fremont Recpath would roughly parallel State Highway 91 over Fremont Pass, connecting the Mineral Belt Trail in Lake County to the Tenmile Canyon Recpath at Copper Mountain in Summit County. 

Highway 91 is a popular bicycle route for experienced road riders seeking the challenge of its distance and vertical gain, and has historically been part of the route selection for events such as Ride the Rockies, the Copper Triangle, and the Courage Classic. Steep climbing grades, narrow shoulder widths, mountainous terrain, close proximity to high speed vehicular traffic, and increased traffic volumes resulting from the designation of the roadway as a National Scenic and Historic Byway, coupled with the re-opening of the Climax Mine, combine to limit the perception of comfort, safety, and operational effectiveness of Highway 91 to act as a shared road.

Summit and Lake Counties and Climax recognized the importance of the development of a separated regional recreational Pathway for multimodal use as an important quality of life, safety enhancement, economic development, and community partnering opportunity.
*Due to the large size of the Fremont Pass Design Narrative document, it has been broken down into sections for easier viewing. Some of these are still large files and may take a few minutes to open*

Preface Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Appendix 1 Appendix 2 References

​Bike to Work Day

Summit County Open Space and Trails and the Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit (PANTS) invited the community to participate in the 2017 Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 21. Bicycle commuters can receive free breakfast, get simple bike tune-ups by local bike mechanics and be entered into prize drawings.

Bike to Work Day is a fun event in Summit County, and it grows every year. For those who haven’t ever tried commuting by bike, this event is a great way to give it a shot and get a taste of the physical-fitness and stress-reduction benefits.

Summit County has celebrated Bike to Work Day since 2010. PANTS began partnering with the County in 2014, helping to grow the event’s participation and activity offerings. This year, Summit County Bike to Work Day is bigger than ever, with an expanded number of breakfast stations, evening activities and prize drawings throughout the community

Hoosier Pass Feasibility Study

With assistance from Belt Collins out of Boulder, CO and coordination with Park County and the Towns of Breckenridge, Blue River and Alm​a, we have conducted a feasibility study to determine if it would be possible to construct a Recpath between Breckenridge and Alma. If constructed, this approximately 17 miles of paved Recpath would allow users to connect into the existing trails and navigate a designated Recpath system between Vail Pass and the Town of Fairplay. This would also provide a safe commute option for residents of Summit and Park Counties to travel between towns separated by Hoosier Pass. Please see the below links for the documents:
Cover Page Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Appendices

For a recap of the project, view the Final Overview.

Reiling Dredge Preservation Master Plan
The primary objectives of this project are to conduct a thorough investigation of the structural stability and integrity of the dredge, develop recommendations for both short term stabilization and long-term preservation of the structure, and to develop a plan for interpretation and use of the site. In addition, the possibility of a National Register of Historic Places nomination was considered and potential boundaries for such a nomination are still being considered. This master plan addresses how best to interpret and preserve the dredge and its site while balancing other interests and goals for the area including stream restoration and recreational uses.

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Reiling Dredge Preservation Master Plan

Reiling dredge remains 1980s