Saving the Snodgrass Trailhead

Saving the Snodgrass Trailhead

SnodgrassSnodgrass Mountain’s golden aspens, lush wetlands and dazzling wildflowers inspired you. Because of your efforts, people from all walks of life can continue to enjoy the serendipity of riding singletrack. They can experience a horseback ride in the wild west. And, they can float through fluffy white snow amidst towering fir trees.

Thank you for helping to preserve 108 acres on the eastern flank of Snodgrass Mountain, home to the Snodgrass trailhead, abundant wildlife, and pristine wetlands and forests.

This project is a joint effort between the Town of Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the Ingraham family, and the Land Trust. In addition to the numerous and invaluable individual and family foundation donations, the Towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, Great Outdoors Colorado, The Conservation Fund, 1% for Open Space and the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund all contributed to make this project a reality.

Preservation of this stunning landscape ensures the Snodgrass Trail remains accessible to hikers, bikers, equestrians and backcountry skiers. It protects wetlands so elk, black bear, mule deer and other wildlife have fresh water to drink. It also offers local ranching families reprieve from further fragmentation near their grazing lands.

Click on the maps of Snodgrass below:
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The Town of Mt. Crested Butte will manage the land jointly with the Land Trust, ensuring the trail continues to be an economic driver for the Town. While much of the Snodgrass area is slated for development – including thousands of square feet of commercial retail space and more than 1,800 new residential units – both the town of Mt. Crested Butte and the Land Trust agree that the Snodgrass Trail itself is a key attraction for visitors and residents alike, making it perfect for conservation.

Snodgrass beckons us to slow down and appreciate the incredible natural beauty of Crested Butte. Together, we are saving this community treasure.