Landscapes Provide a Blank Canvas for Trails in Elko
As you exit I-70 for the town of New Castle, Colorado and turn left onto Main Street, one of the first things that greets your eyes is a small wooden sign. “Visit Old Town- ¾ Mile,” it exclaims with a western theme. But if you happen to have bikes strapped to your car, what’s behind the sign will really grab your attention. A stretch of long, bench-cut singletrack traverses up the hillside and parallels the main road into downtown. It immediately becomes clear that New Castle has a lot to offer trail users right off the highway.
In fact, New Castle has such great trails that parking and trail access is becoming an issue as people search for ways to access the BLM lands behind many of the neighborhoods. Working with the Town of New Castle, the New Castle Trails Organization and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association got together to bring the Trail Care Crew to town. Their goal was to create sustainable access to the Colorow trail in place of a user-created fall line trail that is prone to erosion in a residential neighborhood.
Throughout our visit, we were joined by large numbers of attendees to the Better Living Through Trails presentation, and an equally impressive turnout for the Trail Building School; where volunteers began construction on the new access trail. The large turnout showed how much interest the community has in building trails the right way, while actively thinking about impacts and recreational tourism.
With continued support from the local community, regional chapters, and land managers, we have no doubts that the trails in New Castle will continue to provide healthy, fun opportunities for residents and visitors in the future. We would like to thank the Town of New Castle, the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, New Castle Trails, and the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers for the hospitality and the opportunity to work in their community.
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