Lobatos Bridge Outdoor Classroom & Recreation Enhancement Project

Project Details
Location Name: Lobatos Bridge Recreation & Interpretive Education Site
Nearest Town/City, State: Antonito, Colorado
Project Partners: Bureau of Land Management, Occidental, Gates Family Foundation, Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Trinchera Blanca Foundation, RG Bank, Conejos County, Costilla County, SLV GO!, Adams State University, Department of History, Anthropology, and Political Science and the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center
Funding Status
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Minimum donation is $25

  • $242,927.90 of $702,674.00
  • 35% funded
  • $459,746.10 Still needed
Item Charge
Donation $NONE
Fees ( 4% ) $NONE
Total $No Charge

All funding donated will be dedicated towards project costs.

Project Description

Adjacent to the historic Lobatos Bridge, this project’s primary purpose is on developing a nature-based classroom to interpret the rich cultural, historic, and natural heritage of the Rio Grande Natural Area (RGNA).  This project will also enhance public access and recreation opportunities.  It will benefit people of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds, especially the surrounding underserved communities. This project is consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration’s “America the Beautiful” Initiative and is in accordance with the goals and objectives outlined in the RGNA’s Management Plan.  All infrastructure will be compliant with the Architectural Barriers Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Why it Matters

This project satisfies the intent of the RGNA Act of 2006, which was established “to conserve, restore, and protect the natural, historical, cultural, scientific, scenic, wildlife, and recreational resources of the Natural Area.” This project will provide social, environmental, and economic benefits to visitors and residents of supporting communities in a part of Colorado that is chronically underserved and under-represented and has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

Types of Recreation
  • Camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • RV Camping
  • Biking
  • Mountain
  • Touring
  • Fat Tire
  • Off Highway Vehicles
  • E-bikes
  • Motorcycles
  • ATVs (50\" or less wheelbase)
  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • River Rafting
  • River Floating
  • Swimming
  • Personal Watercrafting
  • Shooting Sports
  • Hunting
  • Recreational Shooting
  • Bow Hunting
  • Other
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Auto Touring/Driving Tours
  • Nature Watching/Wildlife Viewing