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Trail map resources for your planning.

Our county has an amazingly connected trail system accommodating all types of recreation with over 400 miles of multi-use trails. Be respectful of other guests and take a look at the signage for allowable modes of recreation. It can be daunting given the enormity of the trail system so take some time to explore one of our community leaders trail maps with description.

Getting to our Trails

Get to your favorite trails sustainably. Summit County’s many amenities including much of our top quality recreation system is available by our free bus system. Check out our Transit to Trails Program and leave the car behind as you will be glad you did as most of our trailheads are overflowing and finding a spot is an adventure you don’t want to take.

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Leave No Trace

Leave as little trace as possible while recreating in and around your public land as you are one of millions or people drawn to this region. A little care can go a long way toward maintaining our land and waterways as well as our beloved wildlife. Take out what you brought in. Click the link below to learn more about how to care for our land.

Recreating with Wildlife

Responsible recreation in Colorado’s wildlife areas is imperative for the preservation of the region’s natural beauty and habitats. To safeguard our precious natural resources and promote non-disruptive human/wildlife interactions, it is essential to adhere to a set of guidelines. Should you encounter wildlife, maintain a safe distance and refrain from feeding them. Maintain an unobtrusive presence and minimize noise to prevent undue stress on animals. When possible, opt for non-peak times when visiting popular areas to alleviate congestion and mitigate the impact on trails and facilities. If fishing, anglers should practice catch-and-release methods, complying with fishing regulations to safeguard fish populations. Whenever possible, choose biodegradable and environmentally-friendly products to reduce the ecological impact of chemicals. These simple guidelines will help ensure that our wildlife is pristine for all to enjoy.

Rules and Regulations about Wilderness Areas

Wilderness is a special designation created by the 1964 Wilderness Act. Some of the Forests around you hold that title such as the Ptarmigan Wilderness and the Eagles Nest Wilderness. These are special areas truly worth learning about as they are also your public land to be revered.

Learn about the special attributes and regulations that help to keep Wilderness areas pristine.

“Recreate with care and our land will be there for generations.”