This weekend, Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association hosted their first annual Trails and Advocacy Summit in St. George Utah. The goal was to bring enthusiasts, regional advocacy experts, and government officials together to learn how to go from Planning to Action and to grow mountain biking opportunities in Southern Utah.
There were several speakers this weekend from all areas! Topics included things like; Planning and Mapping, Economic Impacts and Community Benefits, Getting Involved in Advocacy, Sustainable Trail Building and much more. There were both presentations and workshop sessions that gave attendees plenty of networking time!
The summit wasn't all work and no play however, there were two scheduled trail projects that gave us an opportunity to get out and dig in the dirt, practicing what we learned. Trail project #1 included maintenance and rehab out at the Bear Claw Poppy Trail Head and project #2 was an Advanced Trail Building Clinic out at Quail Lake Trail. We jumped in to help out with project #2 and acted as volunteers! It was definitely a change of pace for us, but we really enjoyed learning from other trail builders and picking up some new techniques!
Aside of playing in the dirt, there were tons of social events throughout the weekend. Group rides, a gathering hosted by Red Rock Bicycle, a group showing of the movie Pedal Driven and even a BBQ hosted by Over the Edge Sports! The community support and involvement was impressive! So many people helped make this weekend a great Summit!
A big thank you to Cimarron and Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association for all your hard work and dedication to Southern Utah trails! Thank you Red Rock Bicycle and Over the Edge Sports for hosting after hour social events! And to all the presenters and attendees who gave time and attention to this summit, advocacy and education are key, and you are all big players in the future of trails.
We enjoyed our time in St. George! Thanks for good times and great rides!