DEL NORTE—The Third Annual Del Norte Trail Showcase took place last week in Del Norte bringing several people to the area to ride the trails around the town and hopefully gain the trail system some national notoriety. Event coordinator with Del Norte Trails Showcase Ryan Scavo provided a press release describing the event and thanking those who participated this year.
““It was a three-day event to benefit and showcase local trails and featured a party in North Park sponsored by Windsor Hotel and Three Barrel Brewing Company and music by Del Norte’s own D Mountain Lookouts, mountain biking rides and trail runs on local trails (including Stone Quarry, Penitente Canyon Recreation Area and the new Pronghorn Trail system), and a silent auction and live music from the Williams Brothers Band at the Windsor Hotel.
Our silent auction had amazing donations from local businesses and individuals like Three Barrel Brewing Co., Mystic Biscuit, The Perks, Haefeli Honey, Kristi Mountain Sports, artists including Tammy Cliche and Brink Messick, as well as other Colorado companies all across the state - and Windsor Hotel, Three Barrel Brewing Company, Haefeli Honey, Kristi Mountain Sports and Jacks Market all helped sponsor the entire event, helping to raise over $1,500 for local trails!
We had a great turnout with mountain biking and trail running media representatives like ‘Mountain Flyer Magazine’ and ‘Out There Colorado,’ cycling and running professionals (like local runner, Laura Haefeli) and industry experts, and we’re looking forward to next year’s event!
Kevin Haas with the Windsor Hotel is our lead on this great event and t-shirts are still for sale with proceeds to benefit local trails via Del Norte Trails Organization.”
The organization is working with Get Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to promote the local trails and host several events throughout the year that will bring people to the area. GOCO representatives traveled from the Front Range to participate in the event and went home to rave about the trail system in Del Norte. Local organization representatives are also working on a local level to get people interested in getting outside to enjoy the trail opportunities.
Scavo continued to explain that through their efforts, press representatives from ‘Colorado Outdoor Magazine’ and other press-related entities will be writing several articles on the event. During the most recent Upper Rio Grande Economic Development meeting, members spoke about the event, stating that the Front Range and Denver areas are buzzing with rumors about the San Luis Valley and biking trails that are available in the region.
Local businesses like Kristi Mountain Sports are hosting weekly rides for every level of mountain bikers. “These are our trails. Let’s work together and get people on them,” said Scavo. In addition to the weekly rides and annual events like 12 hours of Penitence, Del Norte High School has also launched a high school mountain bike club this year. “We have a lot of events going on and people are coming to the area. It’s really exciting,” finished Scavo. The event was a huge success, and plans for next year are already underway.