On May 31, 2018, RRRD Ranger, Nicole Branton, approved the Red Rocks Trails Enhancement Decision Memo authorizing the addition of more than 34 miles of non-motorized trails to enhance recreational opportunities in the RRRD.
The planned trail enhancement is to occur in three separate areas: the Western Gateway in West Sedona, Village of Oak Creek (VOC) and Camp Verde. Here's what's been happening.
Western Gateway Update
On November 8th, ground broke on the Girdner realignment that is part of the Western Gateway, with the first of 12 REI/SRRTF/VVCC sponsored trail workdays. Photos courtesy of Joe Hazel.
The Transept trail in the VOC has been closed to cross-country travel to mountain bikes since early 2013 so it was great to see the Decision Memo approving its improvement and adoption into the system.
On November 10th, the RRRD conducted a volunteer workday on Transept that was followed by seasonal FS crew work. When the seasonal crew finished the rest of the trail to Hiline, temporary signs were installed and on November 19th, the RRRD officially opened Transept to cyclists!
According to VVCC Director Pam Milavec "We rode it yesterday. They definitely did not “sanitize” the trail! It’s quite a program. Al did well on it, while I struggled a bit. Oh well, it’s a beautiful trail!"
Camp Verde Update
Also on November 19th, Patrick Kell, IMBA Grants Manager, notified the VVCC that IMBA secured funding to begin the conceptual planning of approximately 5 miles of new trails in Camp Verde. These trail plans will be completed for an area near the planned Sports Complex Park in Camp Verde. IMBA plans to meet with the town of Camp Verde staff in January to discuss the project and expects to have Trail Specialists from their Trail Solutions Department on the ground in late spring 2019 reviewing the terrain/potential trail corridors and will then develop a map and report of their findings.
A huge thank you to the RRRD for making it happen!
This article will be updated as events occur.