This week Stay The Trail was able to attend 3 Education/Outreach Events and 1 Stewardship Project. Below is a short summery for each event/project.
Dry Lake MX Park Grand Opening-Saturday 6/9/2019
Stay The Trail was invited to help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Dry Lake MX
Park located just north of I70 in Gypsum. We were able to talk with many attendees who
are part of the dirt biking community and offer information on local trails, other MX areas
in Colorado, and answer various questions.
Get Outdoors Day Denver-Saturday 6/9/2019
National Get Outdoors Day is a free community event and is dedicated to
connecting people of all ages and abilities to nature. Events and activities range from
paddle boarding, rock wall climbing, biking and fishing to live entertainment, music, and
the Stay The Trail RC Challenge Course. Stay The Trail was there to help promote and
teach responsible land ethics to youth and adults who may have never been taught
these. Stay The Trail brought ROHVER with to help engage the younger
audience. This was a good event and a good way to reach a user group that Stay The
Trail doesn’t usually reach.
Rampart Range Spring Poker Run-Sunday 6/10/2019
Rampart Range Motorized Management Committee organizes (2) annual
poker runs – spring/fall. Attendees meet at the popular Flat Rocks Campground, pick up
their scorecards and head for the trails. Riders follow a marked course, stopping at
check points to draw playing cards. They have the option to ride the short course (20 +
miles) only or the short & long course (30 + miles) totaling 50+miles. Winners receive
gift cards, gear, parts, etc. This Poker Run was unique as it was the second time in
RRMMC history that a Dirtbike was given away sponsored by Grand Prix Motorsports!
This also resulted in higher registration numbers – 389 total
Considering Rampart Range is a very popular Dirtbike riding area on the front range,
many attendees are unaware of other riding opportunities, new to riding and unfamiliar
with basic riding ethics, guidelines and courtesies. Therefore, the STT OHV
Opportunities Map and Guideline Brochures are a great resource. Additionally, local
MVUMs were explained and distributed along with COTREX and Avenza information.
Providing complementary, unenforced sound testing is a big component of our outreach
at the Poker Runs. Based on past events we have noticed an increase in machines that
pass the dB(A) sound requirement and decrease in test fails.
Additionally, we use this opportunity to network with local Motorsports shops, clubs,
businesses and the USFS. The camp hose was stocked with STT maps/materials to
This family-oriented event is fun for people of all ages and riding abilities and is not a
race, but a great way to have fun and enjoy some of the many trails of the Rampart Trail
System. Recommended to attend again in the future.
Book Cliffs Single Track Trail Work Day-Sunday 6/10/2019
The goal of this project was to help the GJFO to
complete section A and C of the new single track trail in the North Fruita Desert and
install width limiters at all of the road intersections of the trail to help enforce and educate
users of the seasonal wildlife closure in this area. The area that the trail runs through is
a critical wildlife habitat for deer and elk during the winter months.
Stay The Trail worked with Mike Jones of the Grand Junction
Field Office to secure funding for the width limiters for these new sections of trail. STT
also made an effort to help recruit volunteers through our website and social media.
The work done during this project day was paramount in the successful opening of these two trail sections for the summer season. With the help of 18 volunteers and over 120 hours of work completed we are happy to say that these new sections of single track are ready to ride.