Trail News & Updates

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2021 Season Recap

Thank YOU… We are thankful for you, our community of trail users and stewards.  Your time volunteering, membership, …

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We Are Hiring Program Manager

We Are Hiring!

Program Manager – Full-time Year Round Position The Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance (VVMTA) is excited to offer …

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Survey

We Want to Hear From YOU

Please give us your feedback and let us know what you want to see in our trails. Your …

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Seasonal Wildlife Closures – The Why

It is coming up on mid-June and the wildlife are on the move from lower elevations to the …

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Upcoming Events

Looking to join in on the fun and help out our trails?  Check out our calendar to see upcoming volunteer events.  Registration and details are located in the event on the calendar.  The VVMTA Volunteer Trail Crew meets every Wednesday night and the HTC Volunteer Trail Crew meets the first and third Tuesday of every month.  Stay tuned to our calendar, social media, and newsletter for updated information.

Trails are more important than ever.  They provide a much needed escape and improve our physical and mental health.  We encourage you to get outside, exercise, and enjoy nature.  But we need to ensure our trails and public lands are sustainable and cared for. We need your support now more than ever to secure the resources required to sustain increasing trail use and impacts to our trails and public lands.  Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation now.

We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of community support to bring the Minturn Bike Park to life in 2020!  The bike park is a world class amenity for all ages, families, and abilities to enjoy.  It includes green beginner trails and a kid friendly pump track to advanced dirt jumps and gravity flow trails with drops, rolls, and features.  Head out with the whole family and enjoy a day at the bike park and relax in the Gerald Gallegos Family Pavilion!

The final phase of the Minturn Bike Park build was completed by FlowRide Concepts in the summer of 2021.  A new advanced downhill jumpline and dual slalom course is now open for you to enjoy!

Protect our wildlife, protect our trails.  Become a Wildlife Trail Ambassador.  Watch our 2020 training videos and learn about the science, data, and importance of why seasonal wildlife closures exist.  Do your part and help educate and inform trail users on the importance of respecting seasonal wildlife trail closures, trail etiquette, and leaven no trace principles.

In 2021 the VVMTA introduced Eagle County’s first seasonal full-time Trail Conservation Crew (TCC). The VVMTA was able to create seasonal positions for six full-time TCC positions. The TCC’s focus is on trail maintenance, trail building, protecting seasonal wildlife closures, closing illegal/social trails, designating campsites and closing illegal campsites, communicating fire restrictions, educating trail users at trailheads, removing garbage, and generally mitigating recreational impacts on trails and public lands.  The TCC will work across all public lands in Eagle County, functioning as an essential resource for all land managers, agencies, and partners.

West Avon Preserve trails are being rebuilt!  We spent many hours in the field flagging proposed trail alignments off the road as much as possible.  Momentum Trail Concepts is going to do its best to complete all of these reroutes in November and before seasonal wildlife closures go in place on December 15th.  If they are not able to finish due to weather, they will complete the project as soon as the trail system opens after April 15th.  The VVMTA also plans to complete two of these reroutes in the Spring of 2021 with volunteer trail crews.

If you haven’t checked out Trailforks yet please do so and get to know the program.  It is a great resource for us as an organization and for you as a rider/hiker. Connect your Strava for insightful data, upload trail condition reports that are live on our website, and find favorite routes across the Valley.  Trailforks now includes hiking trails, simply click the drop down menu at the top of the page to switch to hiking or biking trails.

Cougar Ridge reroutes are complete!  This project is finally coming to an end after 4 years of volunteer reroutes, planning, and finally reroutes completed by McGill Trails in the fall of 2020.  Head out there and enjoy the improvements on the summer “Minturn Mile”!

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