Trail News & Updates
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.
As many trails begin to open, there are many that close for seasonal wildlife closures. Please know before you go and understand which trails are closed and which ones are open. Seasonal Wildlife Closures are going into effect to protect elk and deer during the critical calving and migration season. They are refueling from a long winter and need to be left alone to survive.
Remember, a muddy trail is always a closed trail! Many trails will be blanketed in snow from this spring storm we had for at least the next week. Please be patient and stay tuned to trail condition resources to know which trails are dry and ready to go.
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. Become a member or business supporter now.
Check out the most current trail conditions before heading out this Spring. We do our best to update trail conditions but we need your help to let our community know what you see out there. Please provide any trail condition beta to the sources below:
- VVMTA Trail Conditions Facebook Group
- Trail Conditions Page via Trailforks
- Mountain Bike Project trail updates
- Instagram and Facebook posts
All three of these are only successful with you, the trails community letting others know what you are seeing out there!
Our calendar is filling up with volunteer trail work opportunities this summer! We’ve heard you loud and clear, and are doing our best to schedule volunteer trail work events as far in advance as we can. There are three regular volunteer crews that you can choose to join which include:
- VVMTA Volunteer Trail Crew
- VVMTA Ladies Trail Crew
- HTC Volunteer Trail Crew
Check out our calendar of events for more details on volunteer trail opportunities.
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!
Become a Wildlife Trail Ambassador! We held our Spring Training on April 13th but you can join as a volunteer at any time. It only takes three easy steps:
- Watch the training video on our website here.
- Contact Erinn, Progams Director, at [email protected]
- Sign up for your Wildlife Trail Ambassador shift!
Learn more about how you can help protect wildlife and our trails. Many Seasonal Wildlife Closures are in place and will be going into effect from April 15th – June 20th and July 1st. We need your help to educate trail users on why these closures are so important and to inform them where they can recreate responsibly during the spring season.
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.
Soul Dirt is VVMTA’s newest program with a goal of encouraging sustainable recreation to create a healthier community. Through trail based experiences, we provide an opportunity for our community to connect, volunteer, and strengthen its stewardship of our trails and public lands.
With the power to improve our mental and physical health, trails continue to be more important than ever for our community. To that end, Soul Dirt provides free VVMTA Ambassador-led group hikes and mountain bike rides for people of all ages and abilities on trails across Eagle County.