Posted at: 08/22/2013 4:02 PM
A new Backcountry Shuttle has expanded the Valles Caldera National Preserve mountain biking program to more than 80 miles of trails. The addition of bike racks to three vans will provide additional cycling access to the northern half of the preserve, which was available only once a month or during special events.
“Mountain biking was restricted to the headquarters loop trail and the Cruise the Caldera events,” said Lance Weinbrenner, VCT Recreation Specialist. “Now the Backcountry Shuttles can take cyclists to the trailheads where they can ride challenging two-track trails and then return to the Valle Grande Staging Area by way of more developed dirt roads.”
The shuttles leave hourly Friday through Monday. Since each shuttle is equipped to carry four bicycles, groups of five or more must call 505-428-7716 at least 48 hours in advance to coordinate shuttle service.
“By shuttling cyclists to the backcountry we give them more time on challenging trails,” noted Weinbrenner ”and we attract a larger population of riders with varying skill levels looking for a new riding experience .”
The first shuttle departs from the Valle Grande Staging Area (VGSA) at 8:30 a.m. A $10.00 shuttle fee applies to cyclists, hikers and sightseers alike. All visitors to the preserve must return to the VGSA by 6 p.m. For more information, call 505-661-3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.