Almost 1,000 acres in northern Colorado envisioned as ‘recreation vacation spot’ | Outside

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Open space in northern Colorado is growing on a large scale.

This is following the recent acquisition of 975 acres designated as the Shurview property. North of US 34 and bisected by Colorado 257, project managers have described it as “one of the last large lots suitable for open space in West Greeley”.

Amid the rapid development around Weld County, multiple funding agencies have joined forces to facilitate the $8.5 million purchase. According to a recent press release, which described the property as a future “hub” for hikers and mountain bikers, it effectively doubled the City of Greeley’s public open space.

Local officials have for decades eyed the highland prairies cut by the Cache La Poudre River and the high, craggy cliffs that offer sweeping views of the far western mountains. The country is also known for its colorful array of wildlife, including bald eagles, otters, and mule and white-tailed deer.

To repay the total costs covered by the Trust for Public Land, the City of Greeley has provided $3 million from its own coffers, along with grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and the state’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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In the press release, Wade Shelton of Trust for Public Land said the agency “look[ed] We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in Greeley to ensure the Shurview site becomes the publicly owned recreation destination it can and should be.”

Conceptual maps have revealed 17 miles of trails. Most of these are designated as singletrack, with some pure downhill mountain bike sections. A paved portion is planned to connect to the regional, 40-mile Poudre River Trail.

Leaders are expected to rally locals in a “community vision process” this summer to kickstart what appears to be a year-long effort to build trails.

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