Red Rock trail from 31st Street finished; trailhead not quite

       The trail is done; now everyone needs to wait for the trailhead.
       More than 50 volunteers put the finishing touches last weekend on a trail that had been rough-cut with a mini-excavator between the new 31st Street trailhead and the central area of Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       But the new access/parking lot from which the trail starts is not expected to open any sooner than May 31, according to Colorado Springs Parks Development Manager Chris Lieber. He said the city had anticipated that the trail work would conclude the project, but some utility and concrete work are preventing the trailhead from opening just yet.
       The trailhead parking lot, which is set up to handle regular trail users's vehicles as well as trucks with horse trailers, has been paved and striped. Traffic cones are blocking the entrances. Landscaping and a restroom (consisting of a porta-let inside an enclosure) will be added.
       The new trail is about a half-mile long. The finish work was led by the Friends of the Peak volunteer trail-building group.

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