THE RAT IS OUT OF THE BAG!
Welcome to Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) – 2017 Edition
Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) is both a very effective non-profit, NGO, dedicated to trail advocacy and construction, and a very fun system of single track trail in and around Ridgway, Colorado. RAT the organization is the local chapter of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA). COPMOBA has been around since 1989, advocating for and constructing trails (including Kokopelli’s Trail and the Grand Loop Trail) all over Western Colorado.
Building on the COPMOBA legacy, RAT has created an amazingly accessible trail system right in and around Ridgway. RAT spent 8 years advocating for the project on Ridgway Town, Ouray County, BLM and Colorado State lands. RAT/COPMOBA has approval from all 4 agencies to construct well over 30 miles of single trail. Construction started in 2011 and has accelerated the past 36 months. RAT has completed trails in Weaver Park (town land) and on BLM land north of town. In 2013 and 2014 RAT added approximately 8 miles of new trails, about 4 miles on Town land and the rest on BLM. Then, in March 2015, RAT the whole thing exploded as RAT received a $200,000.00 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The money became available in August 2015, work began immediately and RAT add an additional 7.5 miles to BLM lands by the end of November 2015. Amazingly, CPW awarded another $200,000.00 to COPMOBA in March 2016, $137,000.00 of which is reserved to construct another – believe it or not – 7.5+ miles of new trail on BLM land in the Summer and Fall of 2016. Meanwhile, we built another 1.7 miles in May 2016. It’s hard to believe so much has happened and so much trail – really sweet, hand-crafted single track – has gone down in the past 3+ years, but it’s true!! Incredibly, that does not even include one foot of the 5+ miles slated for construction in the near future on State land, immediately adjacent to the BLM parcel!!!
More New Single Track – All the Time!
Construction is in progress as you read this, and the RAT single track palette grows more diverse every day. Please click the trails tab at the top of this page to open a map for orientation.
With all the new trails, the RAT system now features, in addition to the familiar assortment of super-fun, fast, swooping, rolling, rollicking descents and long, gradual climbs – an extremely gnarly, rocky, technical descent.