Down Valley Connector Trail Feasibility Study

Down Valley Connector Trail Feasibility Study Project

Welcome to the San Miguel County Down Valley Connector Trail webpage! This is an exciting new County trail project, which would ultimately link Down Valley residents to the Town of Telluride through a non-motorized trail for hikers and bikers. This webpage will provide up to date details and alerts about this potential new trail. 

The County has utilized grant funding to hire Otak Inc to conduct a feasibility study which will explore the possibility of this 3.4-mile Down Valley Connector trail. The trail would begin at the Down Valley Park in Placerville and connect to the M59 River Trail just beyond the Sawpit community. 

The target location for the trail is within Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) ROW and other publicly owned lands. The County is contacting all landowners within the potential trail corridor to notify them of the project and open an opportunity for feedback and input regarding the trail proposal. Community meetings will take place in early October to discuss the various trail components that exist within each segment of the trail. 

All questions should be directed to

Click here to review the Down Valley Connector Trail Feasibility Study Public Comments and FAQs.

For the most up-to-date information including news releases and maps, please see below.

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Project Updates

Public Meetings

Initial public meetings were held the week of October 3,  please visit this web page for recordings and meeting notes.

Future public meeting information will be posted soon.

Down Valley Connector Trail Feasibility Study Overview Map

Down Valley Connector Trail Feasibility Study map
  1. San Miguel County Down Valley Connector Trail Feasibility Study

    (August 23, 2022) – San Miguel County has been focused on reducing vehicle trips and carbon emissions, which have been created within the Telluride region for several years. We’ve been exploring options to increase recreational and wellness opportunities. Read on...
  2. San Miguel Parks and Open Space Awarded Two New Grants

    (3/30/20) SMC is pleased to announce that two new community projects will receive grant funding, including a planning grant/feasibility study for the proposed Down Valley Connector Trail and a bridge over Ingram Creek for the new Bridal Veil Creek Trail. Read on...
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