DURANGO, Colo. – The City of Durango has been awarded $234,500 in Lottery funds by the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board to purchase a 223-acre parcel of land within Horse Gulch. With this latest land acquisition, the City has now preserved 383 acres in the Horse Gulch area.
Horse Gulch includes more than 1,500 acres of undeveloped land owned by a combination of public and private entities. Its easily-accessible network of trails makes the area a popular destination for hikers, bikers, environmental researchers and others. The Crader parcel straddles the eastern ridge of Horse Gulch, providing passive recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. The parcel is visible from several vantage points around town, making it an important part of the scenic backdrop of the community.
Great Outdoors Colorado is the result of a citizens’ initiative passed in 1992. Its mission is to help preserve, protect and enhance the state’s wildlife, park, river, trails and open space heritage by awarding funds to local governments, land trusts, Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
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