Southwest Region Updates: June
Caliente, NV, Trail Plan Funding Goal Reached! Design to Start Soon
The big news from the southwest this month is that we reached our goal of $40,000 to complete the design of 40 miles of new trail around Caliente NV! These funds came from three partners: the Bureau of Land Management committed $15,000; the City of Caliente committed $10,000 through its lodging tax fund; and most recently, Lincoln County Regional Development Authority committed $15,000 to this phase of the project.
IMBA Trail Solutions staff will be on the ground in late summer and fall working on this design phase, before moving into permitting and fundraising for construction in early 2015.
Are you ready for new backcountry singletrack, shuttle trails, epic views, old silver mines, and beginner trails and pumptracks, just a couple of hours north of Las Vegas, with great state parks in town to camp at for the weekend? I am!
Update on Tucson Bike Park and Other Regional Bike Parks
Progress is steady with the Tucson Bike Park project, being done in conjunction with our local chapter, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists. We recently met again with Mayor Rothschild and staff, along with staff from Tucson City Parks Department, Pima County Natural Parks and Recreation, Tucson Medical Center and Davis Monthan Air Force Base. IMBA Trail Solutions staff visited the site and are currently developing a conceptual plan for pumptracks, flow trails and progressive dirt jumps. That plan will be incorporated into the site’s larger master plan, which will include bathrooms, parking, shade structures, water and landscaping. A big thanks to all of the partners involved in this project!
Staying on the bike park theme, Trail Solutions staff will soon be in Flagstaff, AZ, to work on the Fort Tuthill Bike Park—thanks to the Bell Helmets Bell Built Grant—in conjunction with Flagstaff Biking Organization. Trail Solutions will also soon be in Fullerton, CA, to begin the design of the bike park there in conjunction with Orange County Parks and our local chapter, SHARE-MTB.
Finally, a big congratulations to the Verde Valley Cyclists (Sedona, AZ) for closing in on its goal of $30,000 to complete the design of the Sedona Bike Park. A professional designer will be selected soon and arrive on site this fall.
Public Input Session for Tonto National Forest, AZ, Recreation Planning
You’re invited to learn more about recreation planning in the Tonto National Forest and give input into the process. Please come to a public meeting in Cave Creek on June 30 at 6:30pm; it will be focused on trails and recreation. Members of our local chapter, Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association, will be there making the case for increased mountain biking opportunities.
This is an important meeting for mountain bikers from the greater Phoenix area, especially those from the east valley, Scottsdale, Mesa and Cave Creek area. Please come out and show your support for more and better mountain biking on your public lands!
Las Vegas IMBA Chapter Wins REI Grant
IMBA’s chapter in Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association (SNMBA), recently secured a grant of $10,000 from REI. This grant will be used for kiosks and signage on the Mount Charleston trail system in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, as part of SNMBA’s ongoing partnership with the USFS.
BIG Weekend Rides Planned for Prescott, AZ: Get yourself to Prescott July 11-13 for the group ride being planned by two chapters: SNMBA and CRATA. It should be a great weekend of long rides and cold beers with great people. All are welcome! Keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page or email me at patrick [dot] kell [at] imba [dot] com for details. (The Facebook page will be updated with details as they come together.)
Trails Advocacy Progressing in Southern Utah
Following up from the Utah Governor’s Summit on Outdoor Recreation earlier this year, we will be hosting Brad Peterson, Director of the Utah Outdoor Recreation Office, for a roundtable discussion in Hurricane on Friday, July 11. Agenda items will include the current Bureau of Land Management (BLM) planning process in the area, a potential bike park in St. George, a trail-planning project led by IMBA Trail Solutions and the BLM in Cedar City, and a potential trail master-planning process in Kanab. Attendees will include chapter board members from Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association, BLM staff, guiding outfitters, and representatives from local bike shops. As with any good mountain bike meeting, we will start with a ride at Little Creek Mesa the evening before.
Work Continues on the Grand Canyon’s Rainbow Rim Trail
Following up on a successful volunteer weekend in May (check out this press release), our work on the bike-friendly Rainbow Rim Trail will continue throughout the summer. We recently worked with the US Forest Service to brush and pin-flag another new section, extending from the recently built section from Timp Point. We will begin hand building a benched tread on this section in mid-July and might schedule another volunteer weekend for the fall. Stay tuned and please help out if you can!
Updates from Santa Barbara, CA
Our chapter in Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers is working hard on a range of projects: it recently received a $9,000 grant from REI to help fund the re-opening of the Buckhorn Trail (part of the IMBA Epic in Santa Barbara); it recently hosted two successful IMBA instructor-led skills clinics; and it is continuing work on a Wilderness bill (making it more amenable to mountain bikes) with Congresswoman Lois Capps. Big thanks to these folks for all of their volunteer work and dedication to more trails for us all to ride!