West End

Paradox Trail Reroute Project Moves Forward

November 7, 2013
With winter fast approaching, archaeological crews from the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office and Urraca Archaeological Services out of Montrose, will be pressed to complete close to twelve miles of pedestrian surveys along the proposed reroute north and east of Nucla.  The reroute is necessary due to a trespass issue along an 800 ft boundary line between private property and the Tabeguqache Special Management Area. Montrose West Recreation and COPMOBA are spearheading the 17 mile multiple use trail around an area known as Spradlin Park which, which will bring the 110 mile long Paradox Trail within a quarter of a mile Quick read more or view full article of the Town of Nucla.

The reroute utilizes some existing two track and creates almost five miles of new trail through the remote and rugged arroyos of the West End of Montrose County.  Flagging was recently completed along the entire route to help guide crews as they perform their surveys, essentially walking a 100’ wide corridor looking for evidence of past human activity.

This project is being funded by a grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) and a generous donation from COPMOBA. Assessments are required to meet Federal NEPA rules for new developments on public lands.
 
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Posted by Paul Koski
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