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Popular hiking and biking trails at Lake Pueblo State Park could close

Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 26, 2019

There is controversy brewing over plans for the extensive hiking and biking trail system at the south end of Lake Pueblo State Park. A new Trail Management Plan recommends closing some of the most popular trails among mountain bikers.

The issue is complex because the area is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but it is federal land. On federal land an environmental assessment is required. “Unfortunately that was not done here at Lake Pueblo State Park,” said Manager, Monique Mullis.

There are many recommendations that are quality, valid, they’re good,” said Pueblo mountain biker, Greg Gelhoff, “However, hidden underneath that nice warm layer there is a bunch of gobbledygook and double-talk.” Regular trails user are strong opinions opposing the plan recommendations.

Opinions are welcome. There is a public meeting to discuss the Trail Management plan Monday, April 29th. It is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Pueblo Visitor Center.

Click here to see an on-line draft of the plan.