In 2013, Referendum 2A was passed by local voters, repurposing a large portion of a municipal accommodation tax to develop area trails. Amounting to $5.1 million dollars over a ten-year period, it’s a significant investment that’s shared with visitors and locals alike.
The 2A Trails Steering Committee was established to plan and prioritize the trails projects. For the most up-to-date information from the committee, click here.
Great progress has been made by the US Forest Service and trail building crews on the exciting new trail network in the Buffalo Pass area. Buffalo Billy’s was included in the 2A proposal as a downhill directional trail. Through the planning process, uphill trail access was identified as a need. This trail meets this need and will be suitable for both uphill and downhill traffic. Originating near the Dry Lake Campground, it allows riders to bypass the Buffalo Pass Road and was completed in the fall of 2016. The trail will be named in a NAMING CONTEST this winter – stay tuned!!
Also in the Dry Lake area, more accessible easier trails were pioneered last summer, and the Grouse trail is partially completed. All this amounts to over six miles of new single track scheduled to open officially in the summer of 2017. Approximately 34 more miles are planned before the project is completed in 2018. The new terrain will offer a mix of technical challenge, appealing to intermediate through expert cyclists. Stay tuned to this website for details about the grand opening of this beautiful new chapter in Steamboat cycling.
What’s next? The Forest Service is beginning analysis on another segment of the 2A proposal in the Rocky Peak/Hot Springs area this winter! The Steamboat Cycling Experience continues to grow…