Fremont Journey Recreation Launch Social gathering slated for Friday – Canon Metropolis Every day Report

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Join FAR on April 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Canon City Brews & Bikes, 224 Main Street for their annual release party. One free adventure guide per family is free. The member promotion will continue throughout the month of April. Visit joinFAR.org for more information.

For many who grew up in Cañon City, the opportunity to hike, bike, and run on established singletrack trails was fairly limited just a decade ago. There are now over 62 miles of trails in the area open to trail users of many disciplines. Hiking trails allow easy access to explore the beauty of our extensive public parks, including Royal Gorge and Temple Canyon. But for some, finding these new or restored trailheads and trails can be intimidating and confusing. For the past several years, Fremont Adventure Recreation (FAR) has launched a free brochure that attempts to connect people with their next outdoor recreation experience.

“FAR started publishing the guide in 2016 to let people know what trails were available in the area and it has really evolved since then,” says Brian VanIwarden, director of FAR. The trail guide not only includes maps of popular trail systems like Oil Well Flats and the Royal Gorge, but also draws users’ attention to various other recreational amenities, including parks, river sections for paddling and swimming, and campgrounds. “For those new to the area, visiting, or interested in what new trails have been added,” says VanIwarden, “this guide is truly invaluable.”

The Adventure Guide is published by FAR with maps designed locally by Brian LeDoux, a FAR board member. Maps and information are updated each year and suggestions from the community are often included. One of the most notable additions this year is the Tunnel Drive page, where the newest Black Diamond trail – Royal Cascade – makes its Adventure Guide debut. The 3.6-mile trail has a seasonal closure for hunting and wildlife, and the guide makes sure to include those notices.

“We’re also very keen to include responsible recreation guidelines such as Leave No Trace principles, safety recommendations from Fremont Search and Rescue, and fire ban information,” says Ashlee Sack, the guide’s designer. “We have been LNT members for four years and we are proud to promote their principles as suggestions for how best to care for our beautiful public lands. Etiquette isn’t always what you might think…sometimes we need to change some longstanding beliefs about what’s appropriate in outdoor recreational settings.” Because public lands typically bear the brunt of population booms and increased use, Sack notes that it is important not to consider how one person impacts a resource, but how we collectively impact land, water and wildlife. “Even dog poop piles on trails seem really excessive considering dozens of people use the same trails every day,” she says.

This year, FAR is also hosting a member promotion at the release party, where individuals can donate $50 to the organization and enjoy a variety of benefits including a members t-shirt, an invite to a summer only social Members and discounts on all FAR events – including runBlossom, Royal 50, Resolution Run and Snow Queen. This year’s event also features live music from Westrock, a local band playing country, bluegrass and singer-songwriter music.