CORE Act Preserves Mountain Bike Access to Colorado Trails, US House to Vote This Week

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this week that would preserve and enhance mountain bike trails in Colorado.
The Miners Creek trail, outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo: Matt Miller

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this week that would preserve mountain biking and other human powered recreation on popular Colorado trails.

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act was introduced in to Congress in January by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Joe Neguse.

The CORE Act unites previously-introduced bills, such as the Continental Divide Recreation Act, the Camp Hale Legacy Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, and more.

Existing access to mountain bike trails would be preserved and some trails are explicitly protected in the Act through Bike-friendly Recreation Management Areas, Special Management Areas, and Wildlife Management Areas.

Mountain bike and outdoor advocacy groups IMBA and the Outdoor Alliance say they have worked on, reviewed, and revised the bill, in order to protect mountain bike opportunities in the areas covered by the bill in the future.

The Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy bill within the Act designates the Tenmile Recreation Management Area outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, and it protects high-alpine trails like the Peaks Trail, Miners Creek, the Wheeler Trail, and Spruce Creek trail.

The San Juan Mountain Wilderness bill would designate protections for mountain bike trails northeast of Silverton, Colorado and other designations focused on mountain bike trail development.

All in all, IMBA says that the package conserves more than 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado. IMBA and the Outdoor Alliance say they have advocated for protection, and have been working on bills in the CORE Act for more than a decade. Click here to learn more about the bill and track its progress. Visit this link to voice your opinion and support the bill.