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September 10, 2013
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Horse Creek river access opens Friday

EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County will celebrate the opening of the Horse Creek river access on the Colorado River Ranch at 3 p.m. Friday. Newly completed improvements include a concrete boat launch, a driveway to the river, restrooms and a parking lot. All river enthusiasts and interested community members are invited to attend.

Horse Creek River Access is located 12 miles upstream from Dotsero and is part of a larger 1,017-acre conservation easement on the Colorado River Ranch, which remains in private ownership. According to Open Space Director Toby Sprunk, it will effectively break up the long float between the Pinball access point and the popular Cottonwood site.

The Colorado River Ranch project is the result of a partnership between Great Outdoors Colorado, The Conservation Fund, Colorado Open Lands, the Colorado River Ranch owners and Eagle County Open Space. Roughly half of the $5.5 million purchase price for the Colorado River Ranch conservation easement was funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, with the other half coming from Eagle County’s dedicated Open Space Fund.

Horse Creek River Access will be open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset; camping is not permitted. There is no fee to access the site.


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