Rocky Mountain Greenway: Proposed trail network would connect hundreds of miles of trails

COMMERCE CITY, Colo - Colorado is getting over $2 million to pay for a new trail link in a Denver-area network and improve access to Rocky Mountain National Park and Chimney Rock National Monument.

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 7-mile link in the Rocky Mountain Greenway. The proposed trail and open space network will eventually connect hundreds of trails in the Denver area and provide access to three wildlife refuges --  Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats and Two Ponds -- as well as Rocky Mountain National Park and community trail systems.

Estes Park is getting money to extend a trail linking its visitor center to the national park.

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

LaHood came to Colorado after a planned visit to Glacier National Park in Montana.