Breaking Ground in Caliente!
At first thought, I had no idea where Caliente, NV was, and most people I asked before our travel date hadn’t either. But that is all about to change.
Between the Caliente Bureau of Land Management and Nevada State Parks, they are talking mileage, and soon. With two locations, Cathedral Gorge State Park and Beaver Dam State Park, the opportunities are almost endless!
You will not believe your eyes when you see this place! Vast amounts of rolling hills and jagged Hoodoos cover most of the landscape, falling down into valleys and fields. Some of the more technically challenging areas will have rock outcroppings and slick rock that will take you dodging and undulating amongst the trees. It was like being in a candy store, getting to walk around all this land, ripe for the building!
On Saturday, we took 14 people out to Cathedral Gorge for Trail Building School to break ground on absolutely new trail that will be cycling friendly and hopefully, in the future, connect to some backcountry campsites as well. This is the first cycling designated trail in Caliente, NV! We we’re very happy to get to be apart of this process and IMBA will be involved as much as we are welcomed in the progression of these trails.
We completed 500 feet of brand new trail, and cleared the corridor for another 600 feet. It was great to see it all come together and to be there as many of these people were having their first trail building experience. I can tell there is going to be a lot of progress to come from of this group!
There are so many people to thank! We want to start with Shirley and Victoria from the Caliente BLM office, you guys made this weekend possible! Thank you for letting us utilize the BLM building and resources for our classes. Also, to Cody and Shayln and the Nevada State Parks Staff! Thank you so much for being accommodating and willing to provide whatever was necessary to build some awesome trails. Finally, thank you to all the volunteers that came out to learn and support Caliente Mountain Biking Trails! We know this is a new concept, and this might take some time, but the need is there and this will definitely have a positive impact on Caliente tourism. Good luck everyone! We are always around to answer questions!