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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Late Season Snowfall Will Extend West Avon Preserve Closure Beyond April 16

WAP Trails Closed edited

Late Season Snowfall Will Extend West Avon Preserve Closure Beyond April 16th

Lee’s Way to Undergo Reconstruction this Spring

 

Town officials announced that the seasonal closure for the majority of the West Avon Preserve will extend beyond April 16 due to snowpack coverage and adverse muddy conditions. After evaluating the current state of the trail system, and the current storm cycle, it was decided to keep the lower portions of the West Avon Preserve closed until further notice.
 
 Physical barriers and signage will remain at the closure points until the trails are opened. Signs will also be posted at the trailheads alerting trail users of the extended closure. Residents and guests can still enjoy the “upper” trails that remain open through the winter, including Our Backyard, Playground Way, and Beaver Creek Point. Please remember, Muddy trails are closed trails!
 
 Lee's Way, Avon’s most popular trail, will be closed from April 18-29 to undergo significant work to repair breaking bumps, enhance banked corners, and improve general erosion control. This work will be led by the Vail Valley Mountain Trail Alliance (VVMTA) Trail Conservation Crew and volunteer trail crew. Community members are asked to please avoid this trail during the closure period. A variety of other downhill-oriented trails are available in Edwards and Eagle as an alternative.
 
With over 16,000 riders accessing the trail in 2021, this well-loved trail requires repair to ensure that it can continue to be enjoyed for years to come. A VVMTA Volunteer Trail Work event is scheduled for 5 – 8 pm on Wednesday, April 20th, for those who wish to lend a hand to this effort. Register to help out, and stay tuned for more updates by visiting vvmta.org.
 
 The WAP is home to an 11 ¼ mile network of multi-use trails for public enjoyment. The trails will open after an evaluation determines there is no significant damage from winter snowmelt or erosion.
 
For questions or more information, please contact Planning Director Matt Pielsticker at (970) 748-4413 or mpielsticker@avon.org

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