Starting back in 2013 we met with Dave Jacobson at the BLM office in Cedar City, UT, to discuss the vision of a mountain bike trail network in the Iron Hills area on the southeast side of town, right off Interstate 15. IMBA Trail Solutions turned this vision into a Conceptual Trail Plan that laid out almost 100 miles of new singletrack for mountain bikers. After a few public meetings and lots of emails and phone calls, the details came together and trail building started in earnest in September of 2015.
BLM meeting in New Mexico - I had a great meeting in early June with the BLM State Office in Santa Fe, NM. We discussed a few areas for potential trail development, with several rising to the top including the Organ Mountain & Desert Peaks National Monument in Las Cruces in southern New Mexico; the Horsethief Mesa area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico and the nearby town of Questa.
Twenty four leading trail builders from around Arizona gathered in Prescott April 16 and 17 for an advanced rock armoring training led by Shane Wilson, IMBA Trail Solutions Project Manager and Tyson Swasey, IMBA Trail Specialist. The session was held in Prescott National Forest on the recently adopted Firewater Trail between Thumb Butte and Emmanuel Pines. The steep, rocky hillside provided terrain that was challenging to build on and will be challenging to ride.
Have you registered for the 2016 Alaska Trails Conference to be held in Anchorage on May 5-7? It will be my first trip to Alaska and I’m looking forward to meeting staff from the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department and the Chugach National Forest, among others. IMBA will present at the conference, including discussing the IMBA-MTB Project partnership, IMBA’s chapter work around the United States and how IMBA can partner with advocacy groups and land managers in Alaska to create more and better mountain bike trails.
We will have an information and membership booth at the upcoming Chugach Fatbike Summit in Valdez, AK on March 18. Feel free to checkout the booth and meet with Sallie Hoefer, Chapter Programs Manager from our Boulder, CO office to learn more about IMBA and our work around the country and further afield.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.