IT BEGAN IN A BAT–IT ENDS ON THE RAT!
Welcome to Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) – 2020 COVID Edition
There’s no better time to enjoy our trails. Please ride with respect–in addition to riders, we have hikers, runners, and horsers—please maintain your distance from others and get out there and breathe!
Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) is both a very effective non-profit, NGO, dedicated to trail advocacy and construction, and a very fun system of single track trail in and around Ridgway, Colorado. RAT, the organization, is the local chapter of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA). COPMOBA has been around since 1989, advocating for and constructing trails (including Kokopelli’s Trail and the Grand Loop Trail) all over Western Colorado.
Building on the COPMOBA legacy, RAT has created an amazingly accessible trail system right in and around Ridgway. RAT spent 15 years advocating for the project on Ridgway Town, Ouray County, BLM and Colorado State lands. RAT/COPMOBA gained approval from all 4 agencies to construct well over 30 miles of single trail. Construction started in 2011 and has accelerated through 2017. RAT has completed trails in Weaver Park (town land) and on BLM land north of town. In 2013 and 2014 RAT added approximately 8 miles of new trails, about 4 miles on Town land and the rest on BLM. Then, in March 2015, RAT received a $200,000.00 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The money became available in August 2015, work began immediately and RAT added an additional 7.5 miles to BLM lands by the end of November 2015. Amazingly, CPW awarded another $200,000.00 to COPMOBA in March 2016, $137,000.00 to construct another 7.5+ miles of new trail on BLM land in the Summer and Fall of 2016. It’s hard to believe so much has happened and so much trail – really sweet, hand-crafted single track – has gone down in the past 3+ years, but it’s true!! Incredibly, that does not even include one foot of the 5+ miles slated for construction in the near future on State land, immediately adjacent to the BLM parcel!!!