Tune up your bikes, kiddos. The area's most exciting new trail system is now open, and poised to be a hotspot for mountain bikers from across the valley and beyond. Here's what you need to know:
It's Got History
Coal Basin Ranch is located on private property at the former site of five coal mines owned by Mid-Continent Resources, which operated from 1956-1991. It has been developed into a recreational asset in an effort to advance land restoration and healthy lifestyles. "Coal Basin is a story of transformation," says Ranch Manager Trina Ortega.
Coal Basin's trail system is designed for all ages. It includes cross-country singletrack along a creek through fir and spruce, a fun flow trail descent through aspen forest, several jump lines, pump tracks, and a balance bike track for the youngest riders.
It's Free to Ride
The trails are available to the public, free of charge, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the remainder of the summer season. Additionally, the ranch will soon host school mountain biking programs and outdoor education initiatives that need an accessible space optimized for riding, running, hiking, and learning about trail stewardship.
It's Here to Stay
"Exploring the ranch’s trail system offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the area’s industrial past and consider the ongoing rehabilitation efforts to improve the ecological health of the area," notes Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association director Mike Pritchard. Ranch manager Ortega adds, "We hope the community can continue to enjoy these trails and this land for years to come, by staying on trails, employing positive trail ethics and etiquette, and being good land stewards."
For more news, find Coal Basin Ranch Community Trail System on Facebook. Or, visit in person by heading five miles up Coal Creek Road off Highway 133 at Redstone.