Your chance to step out on behalf of right of way |

Your chance to step out on behalf of right of way

Not every valley trail advocate will be able to attend a meeting at 10:15 next Monday morning. But plenty of avid walkers, runners and cyclists should be able to make it to the walk-through/ride-through tour of Prehm Ranch at 5 p.m. today.

This newspaper has been strongly urging the Garfield County commissioners to retain the county’s public right-of-way through the ranch.

The commissioners can operate from a position of strength in a legal dispute with Marlin Colorado Ltd., the Prehm Ranch developer, if they know the public is behind them. And today’s tour is a great opportunity to show that support.

The advantage to opening the 1.5-mile stretch is huge: walkers, runners, cyclists and horseback riders of all ages would be able to travel on a relatively flat route all the way between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, away from heavy traffic.

Until this opportunity appeared, the only valley-floor route between the towns has been a convoluted route of county roads and a portion of Highway 82 or a dirt track on its east side (which necessitates two highway crossings), a scary proposition for most.

Garfield County has a one-time opportunity to open a back-road route that would be appealing and safe for recreationalists of all ages and abilities. Public support is the key to making this happen.

See you this afternoon, 5 p.m., at the Glenwood Springs Rodeo Arena. Ride your bike or wear your tennies, and let’s walk-through and ride-through.

– Heather McGregor, Managing Editor

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