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Rio Grande Trail up for national award

Aspen Times

Montana Miller rides the Rio Grande trail in fall 2014.

The Rio Grande Trail is in the running to be recognized by a national organization whose mission is exactly the sort of thing the 42-mile path embodies.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to converting former rail corridors into recreational space, annually inducts one such trail from across the country into its Hall of Fame. This year, in honor of its 30th anniversary, the nonprofit is letting the public decide which of five nominees should be the 30th inductee.

The Roaring Fork Valley's Rio Grande Trail is one of the five, along with the Banks-Vernonia State Trail in Oregon, the Swamp Rabbit Trail in South Carolina, the Hudson Valley Trail Network in New York, and the Shelby Farms Greenline in Tennessee.

"Inductees are selected on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution," says an article on the conservancy's website. The five nominees are considered to embody those merits.

Voting begins in June. Starting in January, the conservancy has been including a profile of one of the nominated trails in its monthly newsletter.

Learn more or sign up for the newsletter at http://www.railstotrails.org.