THE RAT IS OUT OF THE BAG!

Welcome to Ridgway Area Trails (RAT)

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 Town, BLM and State lands. The group has approval from all three agencies to construct over 25 miles of new single track. Construction started in 2011 and has accelerated the past 12 months. RAT has completed trails in Weaver Park (town land) and on BLM land north of town. RAT plans to add at least 15 miles of new trail this summer (2014).

New Trail Every Day!

The RAT single track palette grows more diverse every day. As of June 7, 2014, we have about 9.3 miles of narrow-gauge from Weaver Park inside town limits to the new construction across Highway 550. AmeriCorps has created almost 4 miles of that in the past 3.5 weeks. You can now get in 20 miles and 2300 vertical feet with a ride from town, through Weaver Park and River Sage, up to Dutch Charlie on State Park land, cross 550 and up to four-corners, then multiple descents and climbs of the south face trail system. That will cover almost all our single track, include no re-tread, and involve only about 30 seconds of actual road riding. The rest is trail, from the concrete river walk, through the groomed Park trails, some two-track jeep trail and all that sweet, sustainable single-track. It just keeps getting better.

Stay tuned for more news, please join us on one or all of our volunteer days, and by all means get out and have some fun on our new trails right now!!!

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED: NEW TRAIL CONSTRUCTION STARTS NOW

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July 29th RAT got clearance from the Governor to spend CPW grant money on new construction.  $200K for trails, parking, trail-head amenities, signs, etc . . .  finally “in the bank,” so to speak.  We […]

RAIN PRIMES RAT FOR FAST ACTION

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Rode the new climb tonight at dusk. RAT’s trail guru, Scott Vanderplaats, has been hard at work, along with a few RAT volunteers, fine-tuning all those new hairpins and cleaning up the other rough spots left […]

APRES DINNER TREAT: RAT A LA SUNSET

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Did a quick ride this evening:  the new climb to Speedy, all of Speedy, then down: Mickey’s Tears, Rizzo’s and the Maze.  Wow!! What a great way to end the day! Just yank the bike […]