Trail News & Updates
Please join us on a photo and map tour of the impact the we had on our community’s trails in 2022.
None of our trail successes would be possible without you; our volunteers, donors, partners and supporters. You make our trails great and our community a great place to live.
Between the Trail Conservation Crew, Adopt A Trail teams, Wildlife Trail Ambassadors, volunteer trail crews, and Soul Dirt…we had a pretty busy and successful year! Please check out our StoryMap from the 2022 trail season and celebrate our collective successes together.
Many trails are beginning to close for the winter season. 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 tough winter season. They need to rest, relax and store as much energy as they can to survive.
Thank you for respecting these closures. There are many opportunities to recreate on our trails throughout the winter where there aren’t closures such as Berry Creek or the Boneyard area in Eagle.
Couldn’t make it to our training? You can join as a volunteer at any time. It only takes three easy steps:
- Watch the training video below
- Contact Erinn, Progams Director, at email@example.com
- Sign up for your Wildlife Trail Ambassador shift!
Learn more about how you can help protect wildlife and our trails. 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 winter and spring season.
2022 was the second year of the VVMTA’s seasonal full-time Trail Conservation Crew (TCC). With support from our partners at Eagle County, GOCO, USFS, Town of Eagle, and the National Forest Foundation, we were able to support a crew of eight (8). These positions consisted of a core TCC crew of six, one Wilderness Ranger, and one Adopt A Trail Crew Leader.
The TCC’s focus is on trail maintenance, trail building, protecting seasonal wildlife closures, training and leading volunteers, closing illegal/social trails, designating/rehabbing campsites, communicating fire restrictions, educating trail users at trailheads, removing garbage, and generally mitigating recreational impacts on trails and public lands. The TCC works 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.