Sustainable Trails Bring People out in New Castle, CO
I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Ruby Mountains. I was driving from Ketchum, Idaho to Mammoth, California and the breathtaking, snowcapped peaks right off of 1-80 had me daydreaming of all the lines I wanted to ski. Unable to pull off and explore the mountains, I had been looking forward to returning for OUR Tail Care Crew visit in Elko, Nevada.
Mike Setlock, the Recreation Planner for the BLM, based out of the Elko District Office, hosted the Trail Care Crew visit. Typically, eager mountain bikers invite us to town, hoping we can offer some insight to help bridge the gap between land managers and the local bike club. In Elko, NV the opposite holds true. There is very strong representation and interest in trail development from the BLM, City of Elko and Nevada State Parks.
It is very inspiring to see so much interest at the agency level, especially in a place with such a stunning landscape. Almost all of the representatives from the agencies attended both Better Living Through Trails and the Trail Building School. With the help of all these volunteers, we were able to re-route a section of trail at the SnoBowl, a local ski area, managed by a local non-profit. Trails have been developed over the past few years at SnoBowl. With continued support and involvement from the community, continued trail development at SnoBowl could serve as a model for the area. We see it as a tremendous opportunity to get the ball rolling with trail development in the Elko area.
Thanks for all who came out and made the visit a success. Thank you to the BLM for hosing the visit and to the City of Elko for providing lunch for all of the volunteers on Saturday. We wish you all the best, and we are looking forward to returning and exploring more of the area.