Grand County experiences smooth sledding for snowmobile route changes |

Grand County experiences smooth sledding for snowmobile route changes

Grand County achieved a seamless snowmobile route hearing this year, with a few routes eliminated for housekeeping reasons.

Snowmobile enthusiasts at the meeting, including Grand Lake Trailgrooming president Ami Frutchey and Grand Adventures Snowmobiling President Don Neumann, agreed to this year’s route changes without issue.

Among the routes ousted from the County’s master list as a result of the hearing are County Roads 466, 57, 603, 608, 609, 652 and Tunnel Road.

Grand County’s Safety and Materials Coordinator Alan Green explained reasons for each of the eliminations, saying that most do not access public lands and no longer serve historic snowmobile uses.

Tunnel Road in Grand Lake is an incorporated road managed by the Town of Grand Lake. For this reason, the road was taken off of the county’s list for reasons of redundancy. It remains a snowmobile route within the town of Grand Lake.

County Road 652 used to be a snowmobile route targeted to anglers accessing the former J.R’s Chophouse on Highway 34 from Lake Granby. Since J.R’s has been replaced by a furniture store, the use has ended.

County Road 57 once served as a route for accessing the town of Granby by snowmobile and does not access public lands. Since there are maintained roads available for other transportation to town, the snowmobile route was removed from the county’s list.

County Roads 603, 608 and 609 behind the Granby Airport do no access public property and therefore were also removed.

Likewise, CR 466 was taken from the list for not serving a public interest as access to public lands. The route is a utilities easement, which grants power companies the rights to using the easement, but not snowmobiles, Green said.

” To reach Tonya Bina, e-mail or 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

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