By Lyndsie Ferrell
DEL NORTE— The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce and a group of local business owners and residents are working hard on plans for the annual Del Norte Trails Showcase and have something very special for the town.
“This year we really want to push that this is a public event. We want the town and surrounding Valley to know that everyone is invited to come and participate in the rides and activities throughout the entire event,” said Chamber Treasurer Adrienne Atencio.
“Del Norte has a terrific network of trails suitable for all levels of mountain bikers and trail runners, and we’re excited to invite everyone to come see what our beautiful town has to offer. All rides will be hosted by local guides and will be divided into different groups based on ability level, so there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s your first time on a mountain bike or you’re a daredevil rider looking to push the limits, we have a trail for you,” said Atencio.
For the past several years, the event has been hosted by the Windsor Hotel and Three Barrell Brewery in Del Norte, but after some consideration, the chamber decided to take it on as one of their annual events. Atencio, along with, Chamber President and Three Barrel owner William Kreutzer and new owner of the Windsor Hotel Kodi Whitehead, want to make the event more family-friendly. They decided that by putting the face of the chamber on the event, it would bring new attention to the already-popular showcase.
The High Valley Community Center (HVCC) will also be involved this year, possibly including their teen art show program in the Sunday night celebrations before the rides take place the following two days on local trails. Kathryn Trujillo, HVCC program coordinator, stated that the students will participate by offering family friendly activities, games, food and even the art show. “We wanted to get involved, and we want the community to come join us,” said Trujillo.
The event kicks off on Sunday, June 10 with a relaxed, family-oriented ride through easy local trails close to town. After the ride, stick around for some live entertainment, local brews, a silent auction hosted by the Windsor Hotel with tons of items donated to the event from local businesses, games and family activities for everyone to enjoy. “The street will be closed to traffic and it will be a great place to bring the family and meet new people,” said Atencio.
Monday will start off at 9 a.m. with rides out to other locations in the area and will include trails for all experience levels. The local high school mountain bike team will also be participating in the event and area youth are encouraged to participate. Details pertaining to the location of the trails and ability levels will be announced as the event gets closer.
After the rides on Monday, come join in on the fun at the Windsor Hotel. There will be a party in the courtyard featuring a band called The Noseeums from Taos, N.M. Make sure to stay for music and drinks and a bite to eat. Stay tuned for a full schedule.
The Del Norte Chamber is working with Three Barrel Brewery and the Windsor Hotel to bring the annual 2018 Del Norte Trail Showcase later this June. The showcase highlights local trails to outdoor enthusiasts nationwide and is open to the public.