EAGLE COUNTY – The Eagle River Preserve is now open to vehicles daily from dawn to dusk, following a winter closure to protect wildlife habitat. Prior to opening, crews worked this spring to install a restroom and make improvements to the driveway.
County officials are offering a few reminders to ensure enjoyment of the property by all users:
• Stay on established paths. The vegetation is still young and developing. Be especially mindful of sensitive vegetation along the riverbank.
• Dogs should be kept on a leash, except within the designated off-leash dog area. Dogs are not permitted in the pond.
• Pack out personal trash and any litter found. Trash containers are provided at the parking area.
Additional improvements planned for this summer include work on the Eaton Ranch House, which is being funded by the Edwards Metropolitan District. Also, crews will be working to stabilize the trail extension completed in the summer of 2012 by a large group of volunteers and the Eagle Valley Land Trust.
The 72-acre Eagle River Preserve was acquired in 2005 through a partnership between Eagle County Open Space and Vail Valley Foundation. The Eagle River Preserve is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by the EVLT.
The property is open to hiking, fishing and biking and includes a walking trail, benches, an off-leash dog area and access to the Eagle River. For more information, visit www.eaglecounty.us/openspace.