I opposed the land swap because I thought it set a very bad precedent for more public land to be taken, and now this on it's heels. When do we just say "NO"?
That should've said "I do NOT support a boycott of downtown BUSINESSES". Sorry for the typo.
Good stuff, Tim.
I think Manitou is just "kicking the can" and visitors down the road, and this is only going to hurt them at some point (I do NOT support a boycott of downtown visitors).
How far away can they push people parking to hike Barr Trail, the Incline? And, lets not forget the Ute Pass Trail, which gets lost in this issue, and shares the same parking areas.
If the city wants to push hikers as far away from the trailhead as possible, then the shuttle needs to run all year, and at least sunrise to sunset.
And Manitou Springs controlling access to a National Forest with a gate at the Barr Trail lot is unconscionable. It's a National Forest and access should remain unimpeded by local governments.
Odin, it depends on where the visitor is going. I recently entered the AFA with nothing more than my drivers license and a very cursory vehicle inspection. I had access to a large portion of the installation. To get to some parts of the AFA with my vehicle would require encountering another checkpoint and may require a military ID or an escort. I had easy access to more places with my vehicle than I would have had on foot from the Santa Fe trail.
Charlie: Looks like a knapweed based on this authoritative source: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/0…
Also, I do note in the article that "yanking" them is NOT recommended or suggested.
I inadvertently left out the link for getting a permit to use the area: https://parks.coloradosprings.gov/explore-…
Mikel, just keep doing what you're doing. Go for doing more time (distance) hiking before you try to go faster. As for trails, the Monument Valley trail is a good starter, and Red Rocks Canyon Open Space has many trails of varying difficulty. You can create your own loop route there.
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