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Virginia Canyon Mountain Park - Idaho Springs

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We're rolling again up in Idaho Springs! Last year, COMBA helped the city secure a construction grant from GOCO for $354K but with the planned project for the Mighty Argo Cable Car stalled, we've been shy of the needed funding to continue building trails. Enter the Trek Foundation! Earlier this year, we reached out to our friends at Trek Foundation to seek help with closing the funding gap and they've stepped up in a big way, to the tune of $250K! This gets us enough to start back up with the Phase 2 trails this fall.

 

Phase 1 trails opened in Spring 2022. This phase established 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.

The proposed Mighty Argo Cable Car and Upper Landing. Mountain bike shuttle? YES PLEASE!
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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

  • Nature: Singletrack

  • 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, completed and opened Spring 2022

2022 - COMBA helped secure an additional GOCO grant for $354K for bike trail construction

2023 - Awarded Trek Foundation grant for $250K, construction of the bike trails is anticipated for Fall 2023

Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Trail Map

VCMP Build Phase Maps - click for larger view

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