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2012: Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance (SSTA)

The Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance was the direct result of responding to the Accommodations Tax Committee's request that similar ideas received in the RFI (Request for Ideas) process group together if possible and submit one trails related proposal for the committee to consider.

SSTA (Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance) started as multiple RFI’s (Request For Ideas) in response to the accommodations tax paying off the bond for the haymaker golf course and club house.

Ultimate destination for cycling experiences byBTUSA (Bike Town USA) - This was sort of a combination of the bicycle friendly city designation and a previous grant application that the city council chose not to submit to the state of Colorado related to tourism.

Core Trail (South) by Yampatika - This went unfunded in part because a gap in money needed to complete it even with the city as a finalist for a million dollar grant that would have been used for this core trail extension.  Also, $900,000 was diverted to Yampa Street over the first three years of the project.

IMBA Ride Center by RCR - This covered the dirt trails, the connections and amenities that make for a quality mountain bike destination.  More on what an IMBA Ride Center is can be found here: https://www.imba.com/ride/where-to-ride/ride-centers

Hwy40 by Aryeh Copa - This focused on a specific area (Rabbit Ears Pass near the west summit and down toward Ferndale picnic area).

Sidewalk by City of Steamboat Springs - The City chose to fund this out of the general fund.

Core Trail (West) by Scott Bideau - There were easement concerns over private property that community groups such as the Community Ag Alliance when consulted were very opposed to any eminent domain (ED) discussions and the SSTA agreed that ED was not a path the group would suggest as a means to get any trail approved.  There were also concerns expressed by the Accommodations Tax Committee that a Core Trail to the west was not a motivator but more of a satisfier (visitors might use it when here, but the funds they had to work with were not enough to extend the trail enough to motivate someone to take a trip based on the extension of the existing trail).  The SSTA proposal does incorporate this as best it can by suggesting the "dead end" sections on the core trail be at least turned into loops where a trail user has a better experience when they get to the end of the trail (this was a part of not only the west end, but the south and even the north near the Strawberry Park Schools). 

Howelsen Hill Group (Emerald Trails) - This group chose to focus on only Emerald.  The final SSTA trails proposal included some trail improvements and construction on Emerald but avoided most of the base area as to not compete directly with this groups proposal going through the process.

Through the Accommodations Tax committee and listening to stakeholders and community, some projects were eliminated from the proposal because they were not the right fit for the funding source.


A Steamboat Pilot & Today article summarizes the all ideas the committee received here.


The above ideas were the starting point of the SSTA Trails Proposal that was submitted and eventually funded.

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