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!!!

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Massive 2014 Construction Effort Now Underway

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AmeriCorps crew members at work on the RAT System May 30, 2014.┬áBiking around Ridgway gets more exciting all the time. The weekend of May 10-11, 2014, 70+ volunteers, led by VOC and BLM staff kicked […]

SCC Trail Crew Shreds for Rat

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On June 16 a crew of 8 Trail Blazers from Southwest Conservation Corps in Durango arrived in Ridgway to build trail for RAT/COPMOBA and BLM. These folks do not dither, fritter or thrash around. They […]