Diana Lynn Rau

Fall is in the air and the aspens are just beginning to turn. Hikers, bikers and four-wheelers find travel on the mountain trails is primo and they can still get high up on the accessible peaks for incredible views before the mountain snows begin. But a portion of the Arapahoe Forest outside Winter Park and Fraser will be closed for all uses temporarily starting Sep 4. The closure area may be reduced as sections are finished if the public can respect the boundaries. The entire area should be reopened by Nov 15. Time to explore that new area you have always wanted to go!

Pass it on!

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteers from the community to serve as greeters at the entrances to the upcoming closure area near Winter Park and Fraser. Folks are needed who know enough about the area to offer suggestions on places to hike, hunt, camp, bike, etc. This is an opportunity to provide Winter Park and Fraser residents and visitors with a positive experience and local interaction while the forest service works to make our National Forest safer. Volunteer community welcoming committees and organizations are needed to set up stations on these roads near town and help pass out information on places to go stay, eat and recreate in the area. The closure goes into effect Sept. 4, and the USFS believes the first two weekends will be the most critical for getting information out to visitors. Everyone can work together to make this important project a positive thing for the community. Please call Reid Armstrong at 970-887-4145 for more information.


The final push is on to finish the outside work on the deck, stair railings and stucco. Weather has been holding but who knows when that will change. Contact Patrick Gnehm, Volunteer Coordinator, Grand Huts Association, 425-281-7806 or or sign up online at to volunteer. If you have specific building skills for interior projects like interior benches, shelving and countertops, Andy Miller, Project Manager, 970-726-4099.


Free group rides starting at the intermediate level are offered Saturdays through the end of September, weather permitting. Meet 10am at Beavers Sports Shop in the Best Western Parking Lot, Winter Park. Call Scott Anderson at 726-5988 for more information.


The Epic Singletrack Race Series concludes with the King of the Rockies on Sunday, Aug 26. Open to all riders 8 years and older, the race starts at 10am. For more information, visit, call the WP Comp Center at 970-726-1590 or email


HTA wants to thank all the summer volunteers that have worked to clean up, maintain and build new trails in the Fraser Valley this summer. There have been a record number of users in the valley and this number will only grow each year. The local Adopt-a-Trail Program headed by USFS Andy Borek still has many trails that need adopting. Please call him at 970-509-9103 to see if your favorite trail is available. Adopting means trash pickup, repairing spring runoff damage, and slash and brush removal. Some trails need a little more and Andy can provide the expertise to help keep your trail in good condition. Or call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 at the HTA office at the old Fraser Visitors Center to plan a volunteer day and leave some place more beautiful than you found it. Please report trail problems and scope out a trail to adopt. We often tout how many miles of trails we have in the valley – someone has to help keep them useable and beautiful. Volunteers are uploading their pictures to the website so take a look at the work being done. The Summer Youth Hiking program was also very successful – see the pictures posted on the website.

The 3rd Annual Run the Ranches Trail Running Series has two September events lined up – Sunday Sep 16 at Devils Thumb Ranch and Sunday Sep 30 at Granby Ranch. For more information, please visit


The second Annual RACE FOR THE STARS is a bike and running duathlon at the YMCA on Saturday Sep 8. For children and adults 12 and over there is a 5K trail run/25K mountain bike ride/5K trail run for both individuals and teams. The Kids Race is .5 mile run/1mile bike. The Shining Stars is a local nonprofit organization that provides year round sport, recreation and outreach programs to children with cancer and life-threatening diseases and their families. Visit for more information or call Megan at 970-726-8009.

If you have information to share about trails events in Grand County, please call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 or email

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