Kendall Mountain Recreation Area
In the fall of 2017, the Town of Silverton conducted a series of community visioning sessions and online surveys to gauge community support for the idea of expanded ski terrain on Kendall, as well as further development of the area for four season recreation. Subsequently, the Town Council approved a Request for Proposals for a viability study, and a firm called SE Group was hired to complete the project. The purpose of the study was to take a bird’s eye view of the possibilities and determine whether or not there is a basis for pursuing the idea of an expanded ski area. The viability study was completed in October 2018, and is posted below along with other documentation of the process to date. In June of 2019, per the request of the Town Council, a Kendall Mountain Recreation Area Master Plan Committee was formed. This committee of seven community members will study and make recommendations on appropriate business models for this project, the scale and structure of the project, financing options, and implementation strategy.
KMRA Master Plan Committee Minutes
Silverton Area Trails Plan
After public meetings about Kendall Mountain Recreation Area uncovered considerable community interest in trails, the Town of Silverton began hosting trails visioning sessions in February 2018 with a goal of gathering information on existing non-motorized trails in San Juan County, as well as ideas for new trail development. A Trails Task Force was then formed to develop a master plan, including representatives from Town of Silverton, San Juan County, San Juan Regional Planning Commission, San Juan Development Association, Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Studies Institute, Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run and Silverton Singletrack Society. The efforts of this group will inform a number of planning initiatives, including the San Juan County master plan, Kendall Mountain Recreation Area master plan, BLM Gunnison Field Office travel management plan, and USFS Columbine Ranger District recreation plan update. The draft 2019 Silverton Area Trails Plan was presented at a community meeting on December 17, 2018, and a month long public comment period followed. The plan was revised based on comments received, and a final version presented Town Trustees, County Commissioners and the San Juan Regional Planning Commission. The plan was approved unanimously at a joint special meeting of the Town and County with a public hearing on February 27, 2019.
2019 Silverton Area Trails Plan
2019 Silverton Area Trails Plan - Final (pdf download)
Draft of 2019 Silverton Area Trails Plan (pdf download)
Maps of San Juan County with Compiled Data from Community Visioning Sessions