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Top of the Pines is an outstandingly beautiful outdoor recreation, environmental education facility and open space preserve.
Located at the foot of the Sneffels Range in southwest Colorado and In close proximity to Ouray, Ridgway and Telluride, this 175-acre wilderness jewel offers local communities and visitors a remarkable place to learn, recreate, and celebrate, while also providing a most attractive gathering place for everyone interested in exploring the beauty of the San Juans.
HOW WE GOT HERE
When the Girl Scouts decided to let this camp go in the 90s and it looked like it might become private property, the Ridgway community jumped in. Funds were raised to purchase it, and then it was turned over to Ouray County to maintain as a magnificent public resource. The TOP, Inc. 501(c)(3) volunteer Board now manages this outstanding property on behalf of the County and all users. However, even with enthusiastic support from the County, TOP is responsible for raising funds and providing for volunteer help.
To find your way to this remarkable mountain hideaway, see our Getting Here page.
WHAT’S COMING UP
TOP, Inc. is currently raising money to complete renovation of the old pavilion, add infrastructure improvements, create hike/bike trails and camping sites and turn this stunning wilderness area into a one-of-a-kind facility for community events, learning, and play. The plans include adding a kitchen, yurts, indoor toilets and showers, audio-visual equipment and more.
To accomplish all this, we are pursuing grant money, but grantors want to know that locals support the project with their time and money. This is a prerequisite for success, i.e. grant donors want to see that there is tangible community support.
Please help us turn this opportunity into a reality!
* Contribute through our “Contribute” link: http://topofthepines.org/contribute/
* Contribute through our crowdsourcing GOFUNDME: http://www.gofundme.com/top-of-the-pines