The Dixie Mountain Bike Trail Association began working with the City of St. George almost nine months ago with the objective of bringing a mountain bike skills park to Southern Utah. With an incredible amount of help from Assistant City Manager Marc Mortenson, meetings were held and slowly the key decision makers caught the vision and value of such a facility in St. George. This left funding as the biggest obstacle.
This past November the Recreation Arts and Parks Tax was on the ballet for Washington County. We made known at that time via our Facebook page that if passed, this tax would fund the construction of the bike park. It was close, but the measure was successful. With the passage of the RAP Tax, the obstacle of money has been overcome.
The city has identified six locations that they feel would work for a bike park based on infrastructure, needed acreage and proximity to the population base. The next step in the process is identifying the best location for the park.
This past week, we spent some time viewing one of the sites off of Sunset Boulevard. It has the needed grades, the size, is located within the city limits and is designated as open space for recreational use. There is also enough acreage that a bike park and some beginner singletrack could be built to compliment the skills park.
We’re excited about the prospects of getting a place for people to develop the skills they need to ride the more difficult trails in the area. We will be working hard to ensure that this project makes it to fruition and promise to keep you all in the loop as thing progress.
Kanab Feasibility Report – Christina (5-10 minutes)
County is behind construction
Future research in February
Board Structure and how to Grow – Group (30 minutes)
Please come prepared to discuss how you feel the best way to move forward with growing in outlying areas. We also need to address how to assign administrative roles and duties. This will determine how we integrate Escalante. Ricki was not told he would become a board member, but that is something that can happen if we
Outlying communities become subcommittees and can work up to baord members
Board will be broken into subcommittees to take care of administrative rolls.
New trail report – Kevin (5 minutes)
Rim is a little wider than needs to be
Goosebumps up to bench is well done, couple of issues
Wide section hopeflly will develop organnically
Must be ridden after it’s wet
Kevin put in some rocks to guide
More Cow Bell
New OTE Trail – Clayton (5 minutes)
Hopefully completed by 17th
Canyons trails – Kenny (5 minutes)
Meeting tomorrow to designate areas for trail development
This past Monday Joey Klein from IMBA’s Trail Solutions rolled into Kanab Utah with the sole purpose of analyzing the area’s mountain bike trails opportunities. The fun part of digging and putting in trails is still a ways off, but as you can see from the above photo, the process always starts with maps. The Kanab Bike Committee gathered in the evening to make suggestions of areas and pinpoint places for Joey to explore over the next few days.
The other, slightly more fun, part of the process is getting boots on the ground and looking at what is really there. A small group gathered in earlier that afternoon to show some of the sights around town. This is where people’s eyes start to light up and the possibilities of where you can put a trail become more apparent.
Kane County holds promise for future trails. The area is beautiful and already has existing infrastructure needed to be a destination. The county is in favor of trails and has had employees at the meetings and involved with the entire process. Having a public officials interested in mountain bike trails and willing to help out is a huge advantage for trail advocates.
We will receive Joey’s final report later this week that will detail the areas surveyed and the possibilities of putting trails in Kane County.
Yesterday, nine volunteers put in over 27 hours of trail work in the Santa Clara River Reserve.
This summer’s late rain storms wreaked havoc on many of our popular trails due entirely to the excessive amounts of water that came down in such short amounts of time. This left many of our trails rutted with loose rocks strewn everywhere.
With the help of nine volunteers, DMBTA spent the morning rehabbing the Barrel Roll and Precipice in the Santa Clara River Reserve. Countless loose rocks were removed, ruts were broken down and filled and switchbacks were out-sloped to help prevent future damage.
We would like to thank the following individuals for their time: Shelly Lutz, Kathleen Berglund, Jay Bartlett, Dave Poffenberger, Frank Kosidowski, Phil Benson, Kenny Jones, John Scarafiotti and Lukas Brinkerhoff.
Even with the work put in, there is still plenty more to do. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for upcoming trail days.
The Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association will be hosting a trail work day in the Santa Clara River Reserve. Specifically focusing on the recent erosion caused by heavy thunderstorms in the area that damaged sections of the Barrel Roll, Precipice, Sidewinder and Suicidal Tendencies.
The trail day will be held Sunday, October 19th starting at 10 AM. We are planning on working for about three hours. Meet at the Cove Wash trail head (where Barrel Roll and sidewinder start) and be ready to work at 10 AM.
We are pleased to announce that we are in the final public comment period for another edition to the Hurricane Cliffs network.
The comment period is now open for public comment on a proposed expansion of the Hurricane Cliffs Trail network.
-Please send you comments in the next 15 days
-The Project is proposed for the follow purposes:
1) To provide expanded recreational opportunities for the increasingly popular activities of mountain biking, hiking, and trail running.
2) To provide additional looping opportunities of varying distances.
3) To alleviate trail congestion in areas with sensitive resources.
-Approximately 4 miles of trail would be constructed near the southern portion of the JEM trail to connect existing trails and provide additional looping opportunities. See the map on the BLM web sight at https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php
-To comment simply call or email Dave Kiel at the BLM and state your support for the proposed Hurricane Cliffs trail expansion. Be sure to reference the Project Name. It’s a stronger comment if your reason for support is in-line with one or more of the “Project Purposes” listed above. Reason for support might include; to accommodate the increasing popularity of mountain biking in the area, to meet the demands of a growing population in the area, economic development, shorter loop options for beginners, longer loop options, improved safety, etc.
Project Name : Hurricane Cliffs Trail System Expansion
NEPA Log Number: DOI-BLM-UT-CO30-2014-0002-EA
Contact: Dave Kiel
Phone Number 1-435-688-3210
mail: Saint George Field Office BLM
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George UT 84790