Save Red Hill

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. Here is what you saved:

First, you saved the face of Carbondale. 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 you saved it! Thanks to you, Carbondale’s prominent red rock face will always be scenic and welcoming.

Second, you are providing access and improving 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.


Thank you!  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.

Click here for a full list of Red Hill donors


Help build the new trail!

AVLT will be transferring the property to the Town of Carbondale in the near future. Once the transfer is complete, a public scoping process to design and align the new trail (or trails) from the base Red Hill to the existing trail network will begin. We hope you will participate and be part of the solution.

Starting July 24 and every Tuesday evening following (until August 21) you can help build the new access trail that comes out of the public process. We’ll be there from 4pm until sundown.

This volunteer project is a collaboration between AVLT, BLM, Red Hill Council, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, and the Town of Carbondale.

Sign up here


You saved it for…


To create better access to trails.


To improve the Red Hill experience.


To keep Red Hill scenic and welcoming.


Donate Today!

Don’t worry if you missed out on the Save Red Hill campaign. 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.

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