Colorado is a mecca for skiing but sometimes things don’t always work out.
It is here in the Upper Yampa Valley about 20 miles upstream from Steamboat Springs in the northcentral part of the state, where the short-lived Stagecoach Ski Resort opened and then closed in the early 1970s.
It is also here where elk thrive in pocket meadows tucked in the aspens and lodgepoles that roll up to the Flat Tops and Gore ranges beyond.
Hunters had access to 1,000 acres of public land on Woodchuck Hill that serves as a backdoor into the Sarvis Creek Wilderness.
That is, until residents nervous about hunters in the mountains above, discovered a few feet of private land between a public road and public land, and constructed a fence cutting off access.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided a $40,000 grant coupled with a $50,000 state trail grant and teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management, state park rangers and others to identify a section of Stagecoach State Park to restore access.
Crews got to work and built the new one and half mile Stagecoach Trail segment that reconnects to the existing trail higher up, and did so just in time for the 2019 hunting season.
It opens the door to more than 40,000 acres of public land. Plans also call for the construction of a new parking area.
Opening and improving public access lies at the heart to RMEF’s conservation work.
To learn more about the sites and boundaries of RMEF access projects near you or your favorite hunting area, turn on the RMEF layer in the onX Hunt App.
Plus, use the code R-M-E-F when you sign up for your new onX subscription to receive a 20 percent discount, and a portion of the proceeds benefit RMEF’s conservation mission