Open Space & Trails Special Projects

The Open Space & Trails Department is working on a number of special projects to improve wildlife habitat, enhance recreation and protect resources throughout Summit County.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

View the Open Space & Trails Spring 2016 Newsletter.

Swan River Restoration

The Summit County Open Space and Trails Department, along with numerous project partners, are working to restore a more than 2 mile long stretch of the Swan River near Breckenridge. Approximately half of this distance is on land jointly owned by Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge. Additional information about this project, its history, and what is happening now is available at and in the documents below. 

Project Overview  2009 Conceptual Design Plan  2012 Concept Plan  2013 Preliminary Design Report  Environmental Assessment  USFS Decision Notice   BOCC Reso 2016-22 CUP Milling  Mine Permit Reclamation Plan Approved  Phase I Travel Management Plan
US Army Corp of Engineers Permit #27   Swan River Fish Survey 2016
  For more information on this project, contact Jason Lederer at 970-668-4213.

Fremont Pass Recreation Path Design Narrative

Due to the large size of the Fremont Pass Design Narrative, it has been broken down into sections for easier viewing. Some of these are still large files and may take a few minutes to open.

Preface Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Appendix 1 Appendix 2 References
Reiling Dredge Preservation Master Plan
Please click the below link to view the June 2014 Draft Report for the Reiling Dredge Preservation Master Plan.

*Due to large document size, the plan may take a few minutes to load*

Reiling Dredge Preservation Master Plan

Hoosier Pass Feasibility Study

With assistance from Belt Collins out of Boulder, CO and coordination with Park County and the Towns of Breckenridge, Blue River and Alm​a, we have conducted a feasibility study to determine if it would be possible to construct a Recpath between Breckenridge and Alma. If constructed, this approximately 17 miles of paved Recpath would allow users to connect into the existing trails and navigate a designated Recpath system between Vail Pass and the Town of Fairplay. This would also provide a safe commute option for residents of Summit and Park Counties to travel between towns separated by Hoosier Pass. Please see the below links for the document. A hard copy can be viewed at the Summit County Open Space & Trails Department office.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and provided feedback over the past few months!
Cover Page Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Appendices

For a recap of the project, view the Final Overview.