State of the Mad Rabbit Trails Project – Feb 2022

Our trail system is currently buried in snow, curing for next summer – but we remain at a critical point in the development and success of the big picture for the future of trails and riding in Steamboat. In particular, the Rabbit Ears NEPA analysis (overseen by our Forest Service partners) is scheduled for a draft Environmental Assessment release in the coming weeks. This has been a long time coming – the last time the USFS issued updates on this project was in the late summer of 2019. In our opinion, Rabbit Ears is the most important piece of the Trails Alliance Proposal approved in 2013 by a 70%-plus majority of our community. This piece will tie the rest of our trail network together and relieve pressure on high-traffic zones, such as Buffalo Pass. We will soon enter into a public comment period on this next phase of multi-use trail development. Completing the Rabbit Ears trail network is critical to ensuring that the original Trails Alliance Proposal meets its intended goals of creating multiple well-rounded, diverse trail networks, and exceptional experiences for all users.

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