Overland Mountain Bike Association helps advocate for and secure favorable policies, facilities, and investments in public trails that improve and expand regional mountain biking opportunities.
Here are some upcoming opportunities to make your voice heard for mountain biking and trails in 2020:
- Larimer County Commissioner Candidate questions from OMBA – see responses to trail and open lands related questions posed to each candidate from OMBA. Please follow up with each candidate directly if you’d like to discuss their specific responses.
- Provide your input to the Fort Collins Parks & Recreation Master Plan update – this process along with large community support is needed if we’re ever going to see a quality bike park in Fort Collins.
OMBA Vision Plan for Trails
Jump to: 2013 Trail Vision Plan PDF
Northern Front Range Regional Map:
(click map to view/download PDF)
Soapstone Prairie, Red Mountain Open Space and
Belvoir Ranch Open Space:
(click map to view/download PDF)
Fort Collins – Loveland Area:
2013 Trail Vision Plan
About the Plan: In 2013, the Overland Mountain Bike Club (Overland) was a rapidly growing organization dedicated to improving the conditions for mountain biking across the Northern Front Range of Colorado and Wyoming. Working to improve trails over this broad geographic area was and is one of Overland’s highest priorities. The club maintains a very active Trails Committee that annually facilitates a volunteer trailbuilding event with each of Overland’s partner land managing agencies and supports training opportunities for the broader trail community.
With so many opportunities for trail improvement projects, setting Overland’s priorities had become more challenging. The Committee had determined that a plan, reviewed and approved by the Board and informed by opinions from partner agencies and the public, is the best organizational tool for maintaining clear focus on attaining the Club’s goals relative to trails. Over the Fall and Winter of 2012/2013, the Committee and a facilitator worked together, with partner agencies, and the public to determine the organization’s opportunities and constraints related to trails in the region, develop priorities to guide Overland Trail Committee relationships, and set a 10-year vision for mountain biking trails in the Northern Front Range.
- The goals expressed in this Overland Trail Vision Plan, include:
- Regional trail development and enhancement,
- Improvements in trail connectivity across agency boundaries,
- Increased training and involvement in trail projects, and
- More effective partnerships.
This Vision Plan became the foundation for achieving Overland’s long-term trails goals, but was flexible enough to respond to new opportunities and agency/organizational timing relative to planned projects.
Analyzing the Vision Plan internally and with partners revealed numerous synergies and new opportunities. These have been catalogued in the Trail Vision Plan as an initial list of partnership opportunities that is quite large and diverse. These numerous opportunities to develop new trail systems, reduce natural resource impacts, and connect multiple conserved properties through trails will require Overland to optimize organizational resources to meet its objectives. From trail planning and design through fundraising and ultimately implementation, Overland is committed to playing a leading role in the development of a large, interconnected regional trail plan that provides diverse, high quality trails in a variety of settings that serve the area’s population and visitors with meaningful, sustainable outdoor enjoyment.
Download the Trail Vision Plan PDF (10.1MB)
Current Trail Projects:
Agency/Trail System: City of Loveland – Prairie Ridge Natural Area
Estimated Mileage as Proposed: 2 – 2 ½ total miles as mapped
Targeted Ability Level: ADA-accessible in BLUE, Beginner in RED; multi-use
Project Description: Prairie Ridge Natural Area is part of a 3,500-acre community separator between Loveland and Fort Collins. The property is located northwest of N. Wilson Ave & 57th Street in Loveland, immediately south of the City of Fort Collins Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Prairie Ridge is currently undeveloped and does not allow public access. This will soon change with the proposed trail system. The property will feature a new parking and trailhead area, a 0.8-mile ADA-accessible trail going west from the new trailhead, and a 1.5-mile natural-surface multi-use trail going north-south along the hogback.
Future plans include connecting to the City of Loveland’s paved recreational trail system to the south. This would provide new loop-options suitable for all levels of trail users.
With full implementation of all proposed trails as shown, residents and visitors of both Loveland and Fort Collins will have not just additional trail opportunities to choose from, but will see MUCH IMPROVED access and connectivity to existing trails as well. The opportunities for multiple new loop/route options will be a major step in dispersing trail users, minimizing user conflicts and reducing strain on existing parking/trailhead areas. The remaining property at Prairie Ridge will continue as a working dryland wheat farm.
More info and to download the Trail Concept Map: Visit the City of Loveland’s official Prairie Ridge Natural Area page: www.cityofloveland.org/prairieridge or view our Prairie Ridge Natural Area Trail Project Page.
Agency/Trail System: Fort Collins Natural Areas – Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Targeted Ability Level: Expert
Project Description: On the Rocks will give visitors stunning views, unique experiences, and create a 1- to 1.5-mile loop on the west side of Bobcat Ridge. This advanced- and expert-level trail will take users over, through and around large unique rock surfaces and formations, creating a truly one-of-a-kind trail segment in Colorado’s Northern Front Range region. The area currently has approximately 12.5 miles of natural surface, multi-use trails open to mountain bikes. When complete, On the Rocks will have been rider-planned, rider-designed and rider-built.
Young Gulch Trail Project
Status: Trail is Open – Additional work still needed
Targeted Ability Level: Intermediate, multi-use
Project Description: Young Gulch Trail is a longtime Fort Collins favorite. This popular trail was damaged during the High Park Fire of 2013. It was repaired and re-opened for about 10 days before suffering major damage in the historic September 2013 flood event. Through cooperation between multiple organizations and the local Canyon Lakes Ranger District, a plan was generated to completely redesign and rebuild the entire trail to greatly increase sustainability and the overall user experience. The new design incorporates many newer trail design features such as rolling grade dips instead of traditional rock water bars, grade reversals, and in-sloped turns. New bridges and water crossings will be installed in several areas. The new design pulls the trail up higher out of the gulch in many areas to greatly minimize damage from future flooding events. This creates a much-improved user experience as well, taking users to new trail and views and experiences not present with the prior trail routing.
Agency/Trail System: Larimer County Open Lands
Targeted Ability Level: Intermediate, multi-use
Project Description: This is a new trail system in Hermit Park Open Space near the popular tourist town of Estes Park. A total of 7 miles of new trail is to be constructed, generally paralleling the main access road through the property. It will include several connecting spur trails to existing campgrounds. It also connects directly into Homestead Meadows trail system on US Forest Service land, allowing additional connections to Lion Gulch, Pierson Park and beyond. This new trail system takes users on a delightful journey through varying landscapes featuring aspen groves, dense pine forests, unique rock formations and small open meadows. The exceptionally designed and built trail has many contour features, alternate features for more advanced users, and varying tread surface types.
South Bay to Inlet Bay Trail Project
Agency/Trail System: Larimer County & Fort Collins Natural Areas
Timeline: UNKNOWN – Last update from Larimer County is for construction to begin 2023-2025.
Estimated Mileage as Proposed: 1 ½ – 3 miles
Targeted Ability Level: Intermediate, foot and bike only
Project Description: This trail would provide a much-needed trail connection from Fort Collins to Horsetooth Reservoir and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. The approved segment will provide a natural-surface trail connection from South Bay to Inlet Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir as well as a scenic shoreline loop around and over the peninsula. This trail would provide outstanding views of the Horsetooth Mountain area as well as the reservoir. The terrain would include unique rock formations, forested canopy, open grassland meadows and steep hillsides.
The proposed segment connecting Pineridge to South Bay would be an incredibly scenic shoreline trail between CR 38E and the reservoir, featuring a 300’ section of boardwalk bridge traversing a steep slope down to the lake’s edge. Incredibly unique rock formations would be encountered along this route.
Willow Bend Natural Area
Agency/Trail System: City of Loveland
Status: APPROVED – currently in fundraising stage
Estimated Mileage as Proposed: 40 acre project site, 1.5-3 miles.
Targeted Ability Level: All skill levels
Project Description: TBD – pending concept design plan.
Cathy Fromme to Coyote Ridge Trail Project
Agency/Trail System: Fort Collins Natural Areas & Larimer County Solid Waste
Status: Proposed in 2017 – awaiting decision through Fort Collins Natural Areas Fossil Creek Management Plan update.
Estimated Mileage as Proposed: 3 ½
Targeted Ability Level: Beginner, multi-use
Project Description: This trail would provide a much-needed connection from the existing Fort Collins paved recreation trail system to the extensive natural-surface foothills trail system. It would allow direct trail access to Coyote Ridge Natural Area, Rim Rock Trail, Blue Sky Trail, Indian Summer Trail, Devil’s Backbone Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Lory State Park. The trail as proposed would intersect with the Fossil Creek Trail on the west side of Cathy Fromme Natural Area, travel south along this property’s western boundary, circle to the west of the Larimer County Landfill, terminating where it intersects with Coyote Ridge Trail.
Agency/Trail System: Lory State Park
Status: ON INDEFINITE HOLD – currently in fundraising stage
Estimated Mileage as Proposed: 70,000 sq ft – same as existing park footprint
Targeted Ability Level: all skill levels
Project Description: The bike skills park at Lory State Park has been around for many years. Recent years have seen significant degrading of existing features. A concept plan has been created for a complete redesign and rebuild of park features. The new concept design includes progressive jump and flow lines, a much-improved and enlarged skills area, new pump track, Tot Trak & Tot Skillz area and a new community gathering space.
The dirt-jump and flow-style area will cover approximately 17,000 sq ft on the eastern half of the property. This area is to include 3-4 lines ranging from small to large features with integrated lines for user creativity and bail-outs. This area will emphasize more of a “flow-style” experience rather than pure “dirt-jump” style.
The skills area will cover approximately 20,000 sq ft on the western half of the property. The area will feature a series of intertwining lines of varying ability, ranging from beginner to expert to aid in skills progression. Features will be designed to mimic the rigors of local riding. Feature types will include rocks, boulders, balance, and turns for rhythm/flow. A “drop zone” will act as a filter and identifier for the intended ability for each line, with larger drops more the more difficult lines.
An approximately 3,500 sq ft medium-large pump track will be located on the northwest portion of the property. Approximately 3,000 sq ft is dedicated for the Tot Lot/Kid Zone on the north-central portion of the property and near the facility entrance.
This project will be a major addition to the mountain biking opportunities in Lory State Park. Allowing users to develop their skills on features of varying size and difficulty will ensure functionality remains high for many years. A separate project is also being done to completely renovate the existing Soldier Canyon Group Picnic Area. This is currently scheduled for completion in May 2018. These two facilities will combine to provide an outstanding venue for public events and recreational opportunities.
Overland Mountain Bike Club has initiated a Youth Committee dedicated to supporting programs that encourage young people to get outdoors and experience the healthy, fun sport of mountain biking. We plan to work with partners in the region to support existing programs and develop new ones and are looking to roll out our initial program(s) in the spring of 2018. Please see the Youth Programs page for additional information.
Other Advocacy Projects Coming Soon!