2013 Summit


2013 Dixie Trail and Advocacy Summit –March 28 – 30 St George Utah

THEME: Planning to Action


This first annual Dixie Trails and Advocacy Summit brought trail enthusiasts, regional 005_3Aadvocacy experts, and government officials together to learn how we can go from Planning to Action as we grow mountain biking opportunities in southern Utah. Summit topics will included BLM trails planning and mapping for the region, the economic and community benefits of mountain biking, getting involved in advocacy,  sustainable trail building techniques, area branding, developing partnerships and making connections.

Below are links to presentations, topic summaries, and additional recourses:

1.Welcome-What is DMBTA  (20 Min)Presentation Details

A brief introduction to DMBTA , who we are, why we got started, and what we hope to do for the community, economy, and quality of life in Southern Utah.

2. Better Living Through Trails (1 hr) – Light lunch provided by Bike Fix

Overview: This presentation explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition in increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies, participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system, and learn how to effectively market a trail system.
Key topics: The economic, health and wellness benefits that trails and mountain biking bring to an area; the value of singletrack trails; economics of singletrack trails; building community trails; creating destination trails; case studies.

3. Economic Benefits of Trails and Mountain Biking to Washington County (1 hr)

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The Washington County Office of tourism will present some amazing statistics on how trail and mountain biking on public lands is growing the local economy.

4. BLM Travel and Transportation over-view (1 hr)

The BLM will share a preview of the Travel and Transportation planning effort as it relates to non-motorized Trails. DMBTA has been working with BLM for since 2010 when this effort started. This project can mean a potential of hundreds of more miles of trial for Washington county.

5. The New Urban Parks: Skills Parks, Pump Tracks & Cyclocross (1 hr)

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Part of having a robust riding community is the ability for all ages and skill levels to find an activity or trial that suits them. Many times remote public lands trails are inaccessible to youth, too intimidating for those with less technical skills, or just plain too far for a quick workout during the day. This is where the new urban parks come in. You will see examples from around the county of Skills Parks, Pump Tracks, Dirt jump Parks, and Cyclocross Tracks.

6.Beginner Ride : Bear Claw Poppy (2 hrs)

An easy 5 mile ride will give participants a taste of what mountain biking is all about. We will also be discussing serious management issues that occur when a trail is “love to death”. This is a precursor to Saturdays project, and we will see braided trails, and trail widening and discuss management techniques to try to curb this behavior.

Meet at the end of Navajo Dr in Bloomington at the lower trailhead. Ride time approx. 2 hours.

7. Can we be a Mountain Bike Mecca (1 hr)

This inspiring talk will look at how a small community transformed itself from a dying economy to a thriving tourism mecca, all with the help of the mountain bike. The talk will explore key characteristics of a mecca community, and show how Dixie can easily reach this potential.

8. How to start mountain biking (1 hr) Room B

It has been expressed many times in the community ” I really want to get into mountain biking, but I don’t know where to start”. This hands on discussion will help to answer questions about fitness, types and brands of bikes, equipment  beginner trail locations, classes for mountain biking and much more.

9: Branding Our Trails (1 hr)


This interactive workshop will build from the lessons learned thus far to poise the questions:  1. how do we brand the great trail assets that Dixie has to offer; 2. how do we market that image to increase tourism and ; 3. How do we attract businesses and residents who are looking for the quality of life that a trails community has to offer.

10. Managing Trails (2 hr) Room B

Overview: Managing Trails educates land managers and advocacy leaders on IMBA and the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails; as well as the importance of partnerships with local mountain biking organizations to achieve great trails. The curriculum is geared toward land managers who oversee land that is either provides, or has the potential to provide mountain biking opportunities. This presentation is essential to inform land managers and community leaders on how to partner with DMBTA to build responsible, thoughtful trails.

Key topics: Trail building theory; sustainable trail design and construction; user management techniques; erosion basics; volunteer man-agment; natural resource management, stacked loop systems; understanding flow; effective signage; trail maintenance concerns; reroutes and reclamation.

11. Getting Involved in Advocacy

OVERVIEW: A key element of building sustainable trails is ensuring that there will be a community committed to the trails’ existence. This presentation is designed to teach advocates and volunteers how to effectively organize in order to accomplish goals. Based on the Crews’ experience teaching hundreds of volunteer groups how build better trails through grassroots organization and advocacy, they will share techniques that advocacy organizations across the country have used to reach goals, overcome challenges, improve land access and grow the mountain bike community. This presentation helps effective groups learn what they could be doing even better,  as well as teaches developing non-profits how to structure their organization, motivate existing members and attract new volunteers and members. This presentation focuses on the key advocacy components beyond “just digging in the dirt.”
Key topics: Building a community around a common goal, goal setting, increasing community participation in your advocacy, cultivating leadership, communications basics, events planning and marketing, tips and tricks for creating a strong and effective non-profit organization that contributes and engages in the community.


13: Local Project Round-table

This will be a round table of recent local projects, with details like budget, construction techniques, target users, construction time lines, and local benefits. Lynne Scott from the BLM will be presenting on the recent Suicidal tendencies Trail and other projects in the Santa Clara River Reserve, and Carson Ferrin from the City of Hurricane will be presenting on the success of their pump track and Dirt Jump Park.

13 Movie – Pedal Driven

This inspiring  IMBA sponsored documentary shares the struggles and benefits of land managers and the trail using public to work in cooperation to provide more opportunities in a sustainable and legal way that the entire community benefits from the effort.