RAT Trail System
The RAT system is currently a work in progress, continually evolving with ongoing construction of new trail. In the spring of 2013, after 8 years of administrative review by BLM and constant advocacy from COPMOBA/RAT, BLM issued its final Environmental Analysis and Travel Management Plan for the RAT trail network. Construction began almost immediately and, to date, volunteers and paid professionals have constructed over 11 miles of rockin’ new single track. About 7.5 miles of that came in 2015, with a financial shot-in-the arm in the form of a $200,000.00, large-trail construction grant awarded to RAT/COPMOBA by Colorado Parks & Wildlife in March 2015. CPW awarded another $137,000.00 to COPMOBA in March 2016, for construction of an additional 8+ miles of new RAT single track. With that money and additional cash left over from RAT’s 2015 CPW Grant ($200,000.00) RAT added and additional 6 miles of new trail in 2016, and also installed an engineered bridge across Alkali Creek on the North end of the system. RAT opened Splinter in May, 2016 and Exterminator in October, 2016. The newest trails – Lower Ratical and Lower Double Crosser- opened to the public in November, 2016.
To the right of this text is a detailed map of the trail system, updated as of May 31, 2016. Click on the map to enlarge. Please be aware that construction continues on the system daily, and we will update this map as new gps data becomes available.
Ridgway State Park Trail System
In August 2013, Ridgway State Park, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, issued a final Environmental Analysis for that part of the trail system planned for construction on Parks land. BLM and Ridgway State Parks together have approved construction of over 20 miles of new single track trail.
To the right of this text is a locator map of the trail system. The details are a bit dated, but this shows the systems’s proximity to Ridgway. Click on the map to Enlarge. For more accurate details, please use the map above and to the right of this text.