Sustainable Trails Bring People out in New Castle, CO
A steady buzz of excitement was in the air as a diverse group of interested volunteers funneled into the Kanab Library. Currently in their infancy stage, the mountain bike community in Kanab, UT has already made some exciting strides toward creating a scenic, well-organized trail system. With the help of IMBA Trail Solutions' Joey Klein, 17 miles of sustainable yet exciting trails have been designed just above the quaint southwestern town. This massive initial step in the planning process has helped create a significant interest from community trail users of all types.
Our visit to Kanab proved just how trails can bring communities together working toward a common goal of quality trail access. With more than 50 eager volunteers in attendance our Saturday Trailbuilding School, the day was a monumental occasion and an exciting moment for trail enthusiasts in the area. Complimented by a beautiful red rock landscape, the area is prime for amazing trails, but the topography creates some unique challenges for trailbuilders. After breaking ground on the initial piece of singletrack on the new system, the community is excited to implement consistent volunteer build days to get the project completed in the coming months.
Kanab is one of the more scenic visits we have had and the community’s enthusiasm and passion was contagious. We are excited to see this trail project create continued support for sustainable singletrack in and around Kanab and southern Utah in the future.
Thanks to Christina Hansen, Nick Smith, and Jim and Susan Johnston along with the rest of the Kanab Cycling Club, the American Conservation Experinece Crew and all the other volunteers for the solid efforts. Thanks also to Charlie from Willow Canyon Outdoors and Kelly from Kane County for supporting this monumental event. We are excited to return to the beautiful desert landscape of Kanab and enjoy a world-class trail experience.