Community comes together to protect Carbondale’s iconic red rock experience
In 2017, AVLT partnered with the Town of Carbondale to permanently protect a privately owned and commercially zoned 25 acre property at the base of Red Hill in Carbondale. Between November 2017 and March 2018, you helped us raise $1.35 million to save Red Hill.
The private land at the base of Red Hill is very visible as you enter and leave Carbondale. It was also commercially zoned and for sale at a reduced price. The iconic entrance to Carbondale could have easily featured mini-storage or a convenience store. But thanks to you, Carbondale’s prominent red rock face will always be scenic and welcoming.
The project will also create better public access and improve the Red Hill experience. The Carbondale community has had a long-standing interest in addressing the dangerous and unpleasant jumble of trail users and vehicles along County Road 107. We have heard plenty of stories of near misses between cars, bikes, pedestrians and pets. Thanks to you, new trail connections to the BLM’s Red Hill Recreation Area will reduce these conflicts and improve the Red Hill experience for everyone.
To create better access to trails.
To improve the Red Hill experience.
Your massive outpouring of support saved Red Hill in less than five months. People from up and down the valley stepped up and contributed $1.35 million to fund the project. Special thanks to the Ruth H. Brown Foundation, Alpenglow Foundation, Abigail Wexner, Town of Carbondale, Garfield County, Pitkin County, Red Hill Neighbors, Ruth Pfleider, Jeff Bier & Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, Nancy Quisenberry, and the Red Hill Council for helping lift this project into reality.
Volunteer to help build the new hiking trail
In mid-2018, AVLT transferred ownership of the property to the Town of Carbondale to allow for public use. In May and June of 2018, the Town led a public planning process to design the new trail connections. The community response strongly favored the addition of three new trail alignments to connect the base of Red hill to the existing trail network (click map below).
Hiking Trail (blue alignment): Intended to provide direct hiking specific access to and from the Mushroom Rock and Blue Ribbon Trails, steep with steps. To be built by volunteers in July and August of 2018.
Shared Access Trail (red alignment): Primary access trail to and from the Blue Ribbon and Three Gulches Trails, shared use, less steep. To be built by Singletrack Trails in late summer/fall 2018.
Downtrack (green alignment): Bike focused downhill only trail to relieve user conflicts on shared use trail. To be built by Singletrack Trails in late summer/fall 2018.
Starting July 24, and every Tuesday evening until August 21, you can help build the new hiking trail (the blue alignment). We’ll be there from 4pm until sundown. Let’s finish this journey together!
This volunteer project is a collaboration between AVLT, BLM, Red Hill Council, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, and the Town of Carbondale.
Missed out on the Red hill campaign? Not to worry. We are still accepting donations to support the project. Donations remain helpful and will be put towards new trail construction and the long-term maintenance of the property.