While many Coloradans head to the mountains in search of hiking trails, Pueblo West residents need look no further than their own neighborhoods to find approximately 21 miles of trail, 14.9 miles of them paved and 6.1 miles of a soft surface material. Three additional trails being planned in future years by the Pueblo West Metropolitan District’s Parks and Recreation will bring the total amount of developed trails to nearly 27 miles!
Users of all ages and abilities are taking advantage of the trail system to run, hike, bike, and ride their horses from early morning to late evening. Developed trails are eight-feet wide with a four-foot crusher fine material attached (soft surface material preferred by runners). We try to do this when we develop our trails but in some instances it is not feasible. The trails are interconnected, and we are excited to see all the usage. The McCulloch Main Trail is our most popular trail as it provides great accessibility to Cattail Crossing Pond and Civic Center Park.
Pueblo West was designed as an equine friendly community and includes many miles of equestrian easements that span throughout the development. Equestrian easements connect together to allow continuous trails in all directions of the 45 miles the community covers. Horse crossing signs have been installed along the busier roadways to allow safer equestrian crossing. More easements are being maintained on a regular basis to allow for easy visibility and safety. Horse riders share the easements with walkers and bicycle riders.
The newest trails include the McCulloch North Trail, which starts at Joe Martinez and runs north across Highway 50 to Industrial (1.5 miles), the TAP 2 Trail, which runs from Industrial north to Platteville (3 miles), and the TAP 1 Trail, which runs from the Sierra Vista Trail West behind the high school to McCulloch West (2.4 miles). three
Three more trails are currently in the works, funded through grants or donations to the Metro District. The federal grants are funded with an 80/20 match. These newest trails will bring the amount of developed trail in Pueblo West to approximately 27 miles:
- -- The TAP 3 Trail will be designed and completed this year. Located on the north side of Highway 50, it will tie in with the sidewalk on Industrial/Purcell and run east to the SDS Trail and then north.
- -- The FLAP Trail is the one we are most excited about as it will tie into Lake Pueblo on Nichols Road and connect with the TAP 1 Trail.
- --The Joe Martinez Trail will run down Joe Martinez Blvd. from Purcell to McCulloch..
In addition to development of the new trails, Parks and Recreation has been working on placing trail signage that will let the user know where they are in case they have an emergency or need to report a problem. We have renamed a few trails, so we will be updating our trails map by the end of the year. That map and a complete list of trails can be found on the Pueblo West Metro District website, pueblowestmetro.com.
We encourage our users to continue to pick up after themselves and take care of this huge community asset. We also hope more people will get out and use these trails to create a healthier way of life and to enjoy the beauty that surrounds our community.