Blue Trails are a river centered recreational “path” that connects and re-connects people with their rivers. Blue Trails help the river become a focal point in a community. They inspire people to take “ownership”, creating a sense of stewardship for their rivers. Blue Trails also help recognize and preserve cultural, historic and natural places, enhancing a community’s sense of identity and pride.
But a Blue Trail is more than just access to lands along river. It also creates a uniform system of information that educates the local community about the river. Signage, maps, guides, events and media also connect a Blue Trail.
In 2013 American Rivers began working on a Blue Trail project with the Eagle and upper Colorado River in Eagle County, Colorado. This prototype project will help develop a Blue Trail projects on other rivers throughout the Inter-Mountain West.