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Late Summer Southwest Region Update

Summer has been busy in the southwest region, here's a run-down on some of the happenings over the past couple of months and a look ahead to some regional events in the fall:

Big Bear, CA - a Trail Specialist from our Trails Solutions program will be working in Big Bear for several weeks starting in September as part of our partnership with the San Bernardino National Forest and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. They will begin to design the Skyline Trail system on the ridge overlooking the Santa Ana Valley, We are planning some volunteers days up there in the fall to begin trail construction on this epic new SoCal destination, so stay tuned if you would like to help out.

San Diego, CA - we are working with the San Diego Mountain Bike Association on a bike park concept, and will meet soon with some potential funders and land managers to discuss the project, assess a couple of sites and hopefully secure resources for planning and design.

Sedona, AZ - we have submitted a proposal to the Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program requesting assistance with a public outreach and education process which, if approved, would help bring the various user groups together to gain a better understanding of the diversity of uses on the trail system and how the system could develop in the coming year.

Prescott, AZ - if you are familiar with the trails in the Prescott area, you may have heard about the Prescott Circle Trail - a planed 50 mile loop around the City. About 39 miles have been completed over the years, and we recently submitted a grant application to the Arizona Recreation Trails Fund for $99,400 to build a 6.6 mile section, which will go a long way in closing the gap. This project will be a collaboration between IMBA, the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance, the City of Prescott and the Yavapai Trails Association. We'll know if we were approved for funding in October, fingers crossed!

Las Vegas, NV - we'll soon be checking out a new parcel of land in the Las Vegas area with the Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association, and further north in Caliente NV, we will soon meet with the Bureau of Land Management to discuss the Lincoln County Trails Project, and ensure that mountain bike access is included in the new proposals there.

You can also expect to see the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew around the southwest this fall:

  • Fredonia, AZ, from September 27-30 working with the USFS on the Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Pine-Strawberry, AZ, on October 4-7 working with Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. and the USFS
  • Los Angeles, CA, on October 18-21 to work with our chapters out there (CORBA and MWBA)
  • Cave Creek, AZ, from October 25-28, where they will work with our new chapter (Cave Creek Bicycling Association) and the local municipality

IMBA Chapter, Club and Partner Events for Fall:

Coming up this weekend (August 25), is the Bike for Bender Six Hour Race in Redlands, with all proceeds benefitting cancer research, high school mountain bike programs and the local boy scouts. Or maybe check out the Wonderschlautt Festival, a German beer fest and singletrack festival with the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance on October 19-20; or maybe checkout the 25 hours in Frog Hollow on Saturday November 3-4 in Hurricane, UT; or maybe join the Cave Creek Mountain Bike Festival in Cave Creek, AZ on November 10? There is no shortage great races and festivals in the southwest in the coming months!

Is you membership up to date with your local IMBA chapter? If not, please consider joining today and supporting mountain bike advocacy in the southwest, nationally and globally.

Thanks! — Patrick Kell

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