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About HTA

About HTA

Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) is a nonprofit advocacy organization for trails in scenic Grand County, Colorado. Surrounded by mountain peaks and passes, Grand County streams are the headwaters of the Colorado River. Our primary goal is to provide high quality trails linking towns and recreational areas within Grand County, with secondary trail systems connecting historical, cultural and recreational sites near our communities. HTA is a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our Mission

The mission of Headwaters Trails Alliance is to preserve, enhance, and promote sustainable, high quality, multi-use trail opportunities in Grand County.

Objectives & Purpose:

  • To identify, maintain, and expand an accessible, interconnecting trail system in Grand County for appropriate multi-user groups
  • To link and protect significant resources along trails through the support of volunteers and public and private partnerships
  • To promote the appreciation, preservation, and enjoyment of trails through education
  • To promote cooperation and respect among various user groups to further enhance the quality of existing and future trails in Grand County
  • To coordinate monetary, informational, and personnel resources within and outside Grand County to further the planning, development and maintenance of trails in Grand County for the benefit of the public
  • To review, recommend and assist in the implementation of grants and grant proposals
  • To collaborate with Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and other community trail organizations to identify, build and maintain sustainable regional trail connections between the seven counties that border Grand County for appropriate multi-user groups

Board Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Granby Road and Bridge office in the second floor conference room.  Please call (970) 726-1013 if you would like to be put on the agenda.


Sean Burke

HTA Field Manager

Although originally from the Chicagoland area, Sean grew up with a strong passion for the outdoors. Every summer he and his family would pack the camper and hit the road for a month of exploration. At a young age, he fell in love with the mountains and all the activities that they offered. In college, Sean was introduced to trail maintenance through service projects restoring portage trails in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In 2016, he graduated from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL with a B.A. in Community Recreation and Park Resources. A lack of mountains and an eagerness to ski led Sean to Colorado in 2015 where he worked in Vail for two years as a tour guide and ski instructor. More recently, he has worked for the U.S. Forest Service-Holy Cross Ranger District as the Adopt-A-Trail Ranger and the National Sports Center for the Disabled as an adaptive ski instructor. After a summer of trail work with HTA, Sean has moved into a year-round roll as their Field Manager. When he is not out on the trails, Sean can be found riding his mountain bike, shredding the POW on the ski hill or on the river in his kayak. He is looking forward to seeing you on any one of the beautiful trails Grand County has to offer!