Virginia Canyon Mountain Park - Idaho Springs
Construction has begun!! Phase 1 trails are under construction with an expected opening in Spring 2022. This phase will establish the main multi-use trail and a hiking spur to one of the overlooks. Bikes will only be able to ascend on the main trail, the next two phases will bring the top-to-bottom bike routes! You can see the full plan and phasing maps below.
The park covers 400 acres and is located just north of town, above the iconic Argo Mine and Mill. Its terrain is steep and rugged, providing great opportunities for challenging rides and hikes. Approximately 12 miles of trail are planned, with a combination of multi-use, hiker-only, and bike-only directional options to make the most of the terrain for experienced users. Most of the trails will be rated blue and black, with some double-black technical trail features on the more advanced lines.
Phase 1 will include about 4-miles of trail and create access from the Argo Mine and will also allow riders to connect directly to the Clear Creek Greenway Trail. The fundraising process is ongoing for phases two and three. Funds raised by the community will help not only with construction, but also assist the City of Idaho Springs in acquiring matching grants.
Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Project Stats
Project Type: New trail system
User Groups: Mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners
Hiking Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
MTB Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert
Distance: Approx. 12-Miles
Status: Construction & Fundraising
Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Project Timeline
1999 - The property was endowed to the City by Clear Creek County under the Recreation & Public Purposes Act.
2005, 2008, 2017 - Various planning documents were created.
2018 - The City received a Great Outdoors Colorado grant to begin planning and design of phase one.
2019 - Final master plan was completed, prioritizing high-quality trail experiences and the start of construction.
2020 - COMBA helped secure CPW and GOCO grants totaling $350K for construction of Phase 1.
2021 (December) - Broke ground on Phase 1
2022 - Fundraising for Phases 2 & 3, continued work on Phase 1