Helping Hands on Public Lands – Access for all in the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, it’s where
Gunnison comes to play. This area like so many of BLM lands and public
lands across the country, this is America’s backyard. We try to offer a little something for everybody. So the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area is one
of the premier mountain biking destinations in the Southwest Colorado. We have 40 something miles of single track trail
that’s open to mountain bikes as well as motorized uses. It’s very accessible to the City of Gunnison. Just ride your bike right out of town, right out of
your back door, and come and play at Hartman Rocks. We’re out here today working on a service
project to build tent pads for individuals with disabilities. Adaptive Sports Center is widely recognized
within the community here as being an organization that gets individuals
with disabilities out on the public lands to experience them. We’ve entered a partnership with BLM and it’s, it’s amazing so far. We’ve gotten together and met a whole bunch of
cool people, and we’re building an accessible campground
that everybody could use. So since my accident, I haven’t been able to
experience places like this the way that I used to. This partnership between Adaptive Sports Center
and BLM has allowed me to come out here and participate in this service project, and
experience these lands, and things that I used to do on my own. Our goal is to provide great experiences for
people with disabilities. We’re ideally looking to build relationships and
to continue this. We would love to see more accessible
campgrounds go up. Shared stewardship is a priority for the Bureau
of Land Management, and this partnership with Adaptive Sports Center
really exemplifies that. It gives the community and the local people an
investment into their public lands. It lets them have a say so in how it’s managed, and it lets us accomplish a tremendous amount more than we would ever be able to accomplish. The landscape and the atmosphere, it’s just very peaceful. It’s very centering. You reflect on yourself and you reflect on nature, and you kind of forget the things that are going on in the rest of your life.

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