Fremont Adventure Recreation (FAR) held its first Virtual Community Meetup on Tuesday and provided an update on what’s going on in FARland. For those of you who were unable to attend, here’s a recap of the information provided.

Fremont Peak Connector

The Fremont Peak Connector is being constructed to connect the Royal Gorge trail system with Tunnel Drive and the Arkansas River Walk via the Fremont Peak area. Progress on the trail has been slow due to weather and the rough terrain that the trail builders are dealing with. (See photos at the bottom). Once this trail is completed, the City will conduct a contest to come up with an official name for the trail.

Royal Gorge Six & Twelve

The race is on! Zia Rides will be putting on this race, which includes 6-hour and 12-hour endurance competitions. This event had to be cancelled last year but all systems are GO for this year’s event, which will take place on May 15 in the Royal Gorge Park area . If you are interested in participating, click HERE for more info and to register. Spots are filling up FAST!

The Yard/Bucks for Hucks Fundraiser

The Yard is a mountain biking skills park that is in the works and will be located at the Eagle Wing Trailhead in the South Cañon trail system. According to FAR, “This area will allow local riders to ride laps on a system of short trails designed to aid skills progression in a close-to-town environment.” The project is a collaboration between FAR, the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District, and the City of Cañon City.  The “Bucks for Hucks” fundraiser has raised about $13,000 so far, including a $5,000 match from an anonymous donor. Donations are being accepted until March 31st. Click HERE to make a donation and earn some great FAR merchandise!! You can also help out by attending the Bucks for Hucks Pint Night at Pizza Madness on March 31.

Incidently, if you don’t know what “hucks” means, you’re not alone.. we didn’t either. According to FAR Coordinator Ashlee, it means “catching air on your bike,” a maneuver that mountain bikers will be able to practice and perfect at The Yard.

Adopt a Trail

FAR will be implementing an Adopt a Trail program in the very near future. If your group/club/organization/family/troop/pack/herd, etc. would like to volunteer to do maintenance on a particular trail in our awesome local trail system, shoot FAR Coordinator Ashlee Sack an email at Crew leader training will be offered during trail maintenance sessions on April 3 and 10 at Oil Well Flats.

Run Blossom Race

FAR is working on creating a safe, fun, in-person Run Blossom Race this year, to be held on May 1. The event will be a 5k race and will be conducted in waves to comply with COVID guidelines. Details will be announced and registration will open within the next couple of weeks so watch the FAR website and/or Facebook page for more info.

FAR Under the Stars

FAR has teamed up with Desert Reef Hot Springs to bring you FAR Under the Stars. This fundraiser will take place on March 11 at the Desert Reef Hot Springs east of Florence at 1194 County Rd 110. There will be 3 separate time slots in order to comply with COVID restrictions. Click HERE to pick your time slot and purchase your tickets for $20 per person. More info can be found on the FAR Under the Stars event page on Facebook. Please note that SWIM SUITS ARE REQUIRED for all time slots. Word on the street is that attendees will each receive a cool “FAR Under the Stars” coozie!

This is the kind of terrain that the Fremont Peak Connector trail builders are having to get through!

This is the Eagle Wing Trailhead area where The Yard will be constructed in the next couple of months.

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