Champions of the Wood River Trails would like to thank each and every person who helped with the campaign to successfully pass the BCRD levy for the Wood River Trail. Whether you donated to the campaign, made phone calls, wrote a letter to the paper, staffed a table at Atkinsons’ Market or walked door to door (or did all of those things!), the new bike path is due to your efforts. You are all champions!
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The Wood River Trail is an important source of healthy related activities that include biking, walking, hiking, running, rollerblading and cross country skiing in the winter. The Champion Campaign believes it is important to ensure its future and keep the trail as safe as possible for these uses.
View this video to learn a little about the history of the Wood River Trail.
With more than 300,000 visits annually*, we all rely on the Wood River Trail for recreation opportunities in Blaine County.
And because the Wood River Trail runs parallel to highway 75, it is an important safety connector for our kids and our whole community to use to move between the five major communities in the county using non-motorized transportation methods.
In summer 2012, the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD), the Forest Service, Sustain Blaine and other partners conducted a trail study* using infrared counters and people on the trail conducting surveys to estimate trail usage. The study concluded that there are approximately 300,000 visits to the Wood River Trail in summer and similarly, 50,000 in winter. Based on this estimate, the Wood River Trail is second only to Baldy as a source for outdoor recreational opportunities!**
On May 21, every voter has the opportunity to say Yes to the future of the Wood River Trail by voting for a two-year levy in Blaine County.
Photo credit, top: Alpinfoto Photography
*2012 Wood River Valley Trail Count Study
**According to Jack Sibbach, Marketing Director for Sun Valley Resort, Baldy receives approximately 420,000 annual visits, winter and summer, varying about 5% annually.