By Charles Pekow
The bikepath connecting Moab with public recreation lands around it should be largely completed this fall. Grand County received a third grant from the Federal Transit Authority to complete the segment of the Colorado Riverway Path along Rt. 191 to Arches National Park. The county got the money under the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program.
The $900,000 grant will continue the trail for three miles on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along the Colorado River.
Previous grants have paved the trail further south along Rt. 191 through Moab to Canyonlands National Park, the Colorado Riverway Recreation Area and other public lands. Last year, the county got $2.5 million from the program to pave a segment further south. Two years ago, it got $2.9 million.
When this new section gets completed, no more than half a mile of the eventual trail will need to be paved, says Katie Stevens, recreational planner with the BLM Moab Field Office.