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Trail Etiquette in the COVID-19 Era

Colorado’s statewide Stay-at-Home order states:

“You should stay home as much as possible except for critical activities including: 

 • Participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties.”

For many of us trail riders, home is where the heart is. And our hearts are quite often at home on the local trails!

For now, recreation on trails is not prohibited. However, most local Roaring Fork trails are either still closed, under snow, muddy or too crowded.

If you need to ride — and who doesn’t? — Please respect closures, ride dirt not mud, and of course, keep it safe and keep your distance.

 For getting your “dirt fix,” we recommend:

  • Keeping at least a bike length from others.
  • Riding empty dry double track, rather than congested singletrack (Red Hill).
  • Exploring remote and dry gravel roads.
  • Not taking risks.
  • Not congregating at trail heads.
  • Continue to follow CDC’s most up to date guidelines.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Director Gary Tennenbaum warned Tuesday that if people ignore social-distancing requirements and hang out in crowds while recreating outside, they will leave public land managers no choice but to take drastic actions.

 “If we [enjoy recreation] responsibly, we can keep it going,” Tennenbaum said. “Closing public access is such a big step that we don’t want to take.”

Thank you for your diligence in this challenging time. We’re all in this together. Please stay healthy.

Bigger Bike Park Coming to Crown Mountain Park

Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District secured a vital grant Thursday to help it build a 3.75-acre bike park in the midvalley.

The expansion of the biking facilities at Crown Mountain Park further enhances the Roaring Fork Valley’s facilities. The valley was designated a Gold Level Ride Center in January by the International Mountain Biking Association. It was the first area in Colorado to get the designation and only the seventh worldwide.

“This bike park expansion will strengthen the Ride Center’s Gold Level scoring during future evaluations, while creating a place for our youngest generation to learn, train and benefit from multiple aspects of cycling culture in a safe environment,” said Mike Pritchard, director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, a chapter of the international association.

Read the full story in the Aspen Times:

Red Hill Spring Construction Info Open House March 18th- Canceled

The following message was received from Kevin Schorzman (Public Works Director in Carbondale) about cancellation of the Red Hill Construction Open House on Wednesday. It has been canceled.

I light of current events, we have canceled the open house scheduled for Wednesday. We have also canceled the commuter parking meeting on Thursday. In place of the open house, we will schedule a conference call early next week for those who want to hear about the project or ask questions. Please let your network know about the cancellation.

The Town of Carbondale will be closing access to the Red Hill trails for a period of 4-6 weeks this spring to allow for planned construction activities.

This includes a re-aligned CR 107 road and intersection with Hwy 82, drainage improvements, two new parking lots, and a dismantling of the old (existing) parking lot.

An updated trailhead will eventually include new informational signage and amenities.

The public is invited An open house is scheduled for Wednesday March 18th, 4-7pm at Carbondale Town Hall.

Meeting is Wednesday March 18th, 4-7pm at Carbondale Town Hall.

Forest Service Seeks comments on Government Trail/ Anaerobic Nightmare Spring Closure Period Extension

In an effort to help boost the number of elk calves that are born and survive until fall each year, the White River National Forest proposes to modify the spring closure dates of the area that contains the Government Trail section from Snowmass to Buttermilk and the Anaerobic Nightmare trail that connects the Tom Blake Trail to the Government Trail.

The proposal would add one week to the seasonal closure changing the spring opening from June 21st to June 28th.

Tom Blake, Sequel and the Snowmass Bike Park trails will still open on June 21st.

RFMBA supports this proposal. And we think a majority of mountain bikers understand the need to respect management decisions focused on healthy ecosystems and a thriving wildlife population.

RFMBA is open to supporting balanced proposals, like this one, that utilize reasonable, science based, and time specific limits on recreation. This proposal has also been reviewed and is supported by the Town of Snowmass Village, Pitkin County’s Open Space & Trails, and the Aspen Skiing Company. Working together, we’ll all help to publicized the revised closure period information.

The bike trails that are within the extended closure are Government Trail from Snowmass to Buttermilk and Anaerobic Nightmare.

The USFS warns that if the proposal is implemented, violations of the restriction order would be punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual, $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both.

How to Comment
For more information please visit to view maps of the closure areas and corresponding closure periods.

You may comment on this proposal at https://cara.ecosystem‐

Please provide comments by March 16, 2020.

Roaring Fork Valley Designated a Gold-Level Ride Center by the IMBA.

This is the first Gold-Level IMBA Ride Center in Colorado and the fifth in the United States.

With more than 300 miles of high quality singletrack to explore, the Roaring Fork Valley provides an incredible breadth of experiences for both local and visiting riders seeking beauty and exhilaration.

The IMBA Gold-Level evaluation criteria is comprised of key aspects that make for an amazing mountain bike destination and include: variety of trail types, overall trail mileage, quality of trail experiences, destination best practices, and local services.

The Roaring Fork Valley’s system of trails scored high marks in each of these categories, contributing to the IMBA Gold-Level designation.