The trailhead parking area was originally designed to welcome a variety of recreational user groups and accommodate both passenger vehicles and horse trailers. However, the area's rising popularity often meant a full parking lot, and during peak times it became difficult or impossible to park or maneuver a horse trailer. To address the increasing demands, a new 20 vehicle paved parking lot was planned for the area west of the existing lot. Now that the new lot has been completed, the existing gravel lot is expected to primarily serve vehicles towing horse trailers and as an overflow lot when necessary. Also, as part of this project, drainage lines were installed under the existing lot to address seasonal stormwater overflow.
The new lot will be closed for the winter of 2023-24, but the gravel lot will remain open for use. This will help us stretch limited staff time by plowing only one lot, the gravel lot. It will also allow time for new plants to get established.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve this area!
September 2-November 22, 2022 - Construction Summer 2022 - Bidding. Spring 2022 - Design and permitting. February 2022 - Survey and mapping.
James T. Slavin Ranch Conservation Area Endowment Fund.