Colo. getting over $2M to pay for trails, shuttles

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado is getting over $2 million to build trails and provide shuttles to national parks and wildlife refuges.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the grants Monday during a visit to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver.

Most of the money, $1.7 million, will pay for a new trail link in the Rocky Mountain Greenway. The proposed trail and open space network that will eventually connect hundreds of trails in the Denver area and provide access between three wildlife refuges as well as Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park is also getting $337,000 for an expansion of a trail linking the town's visitor center with the national park.

Another $140,000 grant will pay for shuttles to the summit of the new Chimney Rock National Monument.



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