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The City of Steamboat Springs Trail Use and Economic Impact Study will be discussed during the City Council meeting tomorrow and more in-depth on Wednesday morning at a special 2A Trails Committee session. Both meetings are open to the public.
“As we’ve seen, recreation assets have long been a priority for the Steamboat Springs community,” said Assistant to the City Manager Winnie DelliQuadri. “With this data combined with an update in 5 to 6 years as 2A projects come to completion, we hope to understand any variations over time.”
This study, conducted by RPI Consulting, collected primary data and assimilated the best economic and visitation information available to estimate the quantity and location of trail use on Steamboat Springs trails, the type of users [full-time (FT) residents, part-time (PT) residents and visitors (V)], and to understand how people are using the trails and what they think about them.
Undertaken during the summer of 2018, the project included use of TrafX trail counters as well as intercept surveys at trailheads. In all 730 in-person trail user intercept surveys were collected from mid-June through late September, 2018 on Steamboat Springs’ three most popular trails systems: Emerald Mountain, Spring Creek and Buffalo Pass. In addition, historic trail counter data was used to establish trends and level of use within the trails system.
The study provides significant data regarding trail use and economic impact. Overall, survey respondents showed high levels of satisfaction with the trails although results did register some level of concern with other trail users, bike safety along with speed and control, and dogs specifically off-leash. Some of the key observations include:
RPI Consulting will present to Council on Tuesday, May 14, and then meet with the 2A Trails Committee the next day, May 15 at 11 AM, for a deeper dive into the data. The study can also be found at steamboatsprings.net/trails.
Contact:Winnie DelliQuadri, Assistant to the City Manager, 970.879.2060 or email