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SAN MIGUEL COUNTY CO (November 3, 2018)
San Miguel County is pleased to announce the opening of the new Bridal Veil Trail for public use, in partnership with the Town of Telluride. Located entirely on County property, the new trail creates a safer environment for users by separating hikers from those in motorized vehicles.
The .45-mile, primitive trail was constructed by workers hired by the Town of Telluride through the Southwest Conservation Corps., and traverses rugged, natural terrain. Bridal Veil Trail will alleviate pressure on the existing east end trail system.
Thanks to the cooperative effort of the two municipalities, the entire community benefits.
“It's exciting to have the Bridal Veil Trail coming online,” San Miguel County BOCC Chair Kris Holstrom said. “It was a great collaborative effort, and we appreciate partnering with the Town of Telluride and especially the hard, physical labor of trail building provided by the Southwest Conservation Corps.”
Town of Telluride Program Director Lance McDonald said that the new trail shortens the distance for pedestrians by half. “The goal of the trail is to provide a safer and more interesting route for pedestrians to reach the bottom of the falls,” he said. “We hope that this will be the start of additional trails in the area.”
The Bridal Veil Trail’s alignment was determined by both the County and the Town, San Miguel County Parks & Open Space Director Janet Kask said. The Town of Telluride offered to pay the cost of the new trail and accompanying environmental studies; maintenance of the trail will be performed by San Miguel County.
“The east end trail system is getting busier each year and the BOCC has expressed continued concern for the safety of user groups in this area,” Kask said. “This new trail assists in separating the hikers from motorized vehicles.”
Reach San Miguel County offices online or call 970-369-5469.
Note: Trail signs will be installed along the new Bridal Trail as soon as temperatures permit.