swobo fatbikeThere is finally enough snow at Curt Gowdy State Park to allow for fatbike trail grooming to take place. Here is the latest update:  

In an effort to keep the public in the loop on the Fatbike opportunities at Curt Gowdy State Park, here is an update.

Yesterday, December 29, 2014, I went out and track packed 1/2 of the 5 mile system with a snowmobile. Most of the trail was covered with snow which varied in depth from zero inches to 8″ to 12″. The snow was real loose and powdery. At the end of my track pack, I went back out on foot and walked some of the trails and at that time they seem to be firming up some.

Today, December 30th was too cold to groom but it is my intent to groom for a half day tomorrow (Wednesday, December 30th).

On New Year’s Day we have a program we called First Day Hikes (FDH). See attachment for information on this. To assist with our set up, I am going to have our FDH participants hike some portions of the fatbike trails to the visitors center. This will help pack the trail and establish the tread.

If anyone is interested, we will be having a video/photo shoot at 11am on January 1st. Meet at the visitors for more information.

On Friday, It is my plan to groom again with the snowmobile. The next big snow we get, we will hook up the groomer. I will then stand up some snow poles and mark the junctions. Early next week, we will have brochures available online, Facebook, and hard copies mailed to most bike shops in the region. This will include maps and names of trails.

It is recommended that people park at the visitors center as Aspen Grove Trail head is drifted in right now. This should be plowed out by January 1st. The trails from the visitors center are located at the end of the accessible concrete trail which begins on the south side of the visitors center.

Another good place to park would be near the archery range (post 33 on the summer trails maps) right when you turn off of Granite Springs Road. From there you can ride up to the Visitor’s Center or just jump on the trail and head west toward the horse corrals.

So in a nutshell, Curt Gowdy State Park Fatbike trails are open for business! As I write this email(1:30pm), I just got a report that our very first customers are using the system (yea!)

Please remember that entry fees are required. Please pay at the visitor’s center, use the self pay stations, or buy an annual permit. You can save $5.00 if you purchase your annual permit by February 15, 2015.

The visitors center is currently closed Sunday’s and Monday’s. Free Hot Chocolate and coffee is available upon request.

Hope everyone has a great New Years. I will continue to update you as needed. Please bear with us as we continue to improve Curt Gowdy State Park Fat bike trails system.

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