Telluride Valley Floor Mobile Tour

APA Colorado Chapter


Friday, October 6, 2017
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. MDT

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2017 is the ten-year anniversary of the collaborative community effort that raised 50 million dollars to acquire the Telluride Valley Floor, the beautiful open space area leading into the Town of Telluride. In 2016, after years of planning and research, the Town of Telluride completed the restoration of Reach One of the San Miguel River on the Valley Floor into a historical and natural meander. Tour the river restoration, and learn about the history and future of the Valley Floor. Cost $60

Learning Objectives:

1. How the Valley Floor Open Space was acquired by the Town of Telluride.

2. How the Town of Telluride funds maintenance of, and maintains, the Valley Floor, and how it is different than Parks and Recreation maintenance.  

3. The process and partnerships that made the restoration of Reach One of the San Miguel River possible. 

We will visit the valley floor and walk off trail to see the old river channel, and the new river channel. We will discuss the goals of the river restoration related to water flow and ecology, and the progress so far. We will discuss and see evidence of the restoration process, challenges, realized successes and future goals.

This tour will include background about the community effort – political and economic– that led to the Town’s acquisition of the Valley Floor. The Town’s partnerships with funding entities and community groups will be discussed. The Valley Floor is zoned Open Space, and is used for various types of recreation activities; the difference between managing Open Space and the typical management of a Park will be highlighted. 


Lance McDonald

Invited Speaker


Contact Info

Shelia Booth,