Starting early December, residents will notice trail and trailhead construction taking place at the Richmil Ranch Open Space, located two miles …
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Starting early December, residents will notice trail and
trailhead construction taking place at the Richmil Ranch Open
Space, located two miles northwest of Deer Trail on Highway 40.
With the help of American Civil Constructors, Arapahoe County will
complete Phase 1 development which includes a trailhead parking
area with equestrian trailer parking, three miles of soft surface
trail, several picnic/rest areas and a wildlife pond.
"Assuming no major weather delays, visitors can enjoy the
cottonwood forest and foothill prairie for trail riding, hiking,
wildlife viewing, picnicking and more by next spring," said
Arapahoe County Commissioner Chair Rod Bockenfeld.
Thanks to resident feedback on the proposed plans earlier this
year, the County has added horse-trailer parking to this first
phase of development. This Open Space also allows for continued
agricultural and ranch use in specific areas to help preserve the
County's agricultural and ranching history.
Richmil Ranch Open Space was purchased by Arapahoe County in 2007
in an effort to preserve 352 acres of prairie, agricultural and
riparian woodlands which are home to deer, wild turkey, raptors and
a variety of native plant species.
This park would not be possible without the voters who generously
approved the Arapahoe County Open Space sales and use tax. Since
then, the County has protected more than 18,000 acres of land that
preserve natural habitat and wildlife corridors, connected miles of
trail and enhanced parks that provide outdoor recreation for
residents of all ages.
For more information, go to www.co.arapahoe.co.us and click on
Richmil Ranch under What's New or call 720-874-6724. While on the
web site, sign up to receive the Open Space newsletter.
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