As a Vail Valley business owner I support all of the Hidden Gems proposal and Congressman Jared Polis' efforts to designate some of these lands as Wilderness. Wilderness is good for my business, good for our valley, and good for the state.
I have been an outfitter based in the Vail Valley for the past 12 years, building Bearcat Stables from six to 60 horses. I do trips as far as Monument Valley, Arizona and Bryce Canyon, Utah. Over five years, I have led trips on the Colorado Trail taking guests from Denver to Durango. Bearcat Stables offers day rides but also four-day rides from Squaw Creek to Aspen, and we are the only outfitter working with the 10th Mountain Hut System. We ride through Wilderness regularly and, in fact the majority of my business is located in Wilderness, as well as in several of the proposed Hidden Gems areas.