Today, Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) celebrates the opening of the Dakota Ridge South Trail, a new designated use, mountain bike only trail at Matthews/Winters Park. The construction of the 0.8 miles of new trail began in 2016 and the trail opens for recreation on Thursday, November 1.
Located on the hogback above C-470 and the Bandimere Speedway, the Dakota Ridge South Trail extension adds to the recently opened Dakota Ridge Trail. This trail extension is rated “Most Difficult” and is mandatory directional to be ridden in a clockwise direction. The trail connects back to the shared-use Dakota Ridge Trail and Bailout Trail, leading to Red Rocks Park Amphitheatre Entrance 2 on the west side of Matthews/Winters Park.
The “Black Diamond” trail experience includes multiple bike-optimized features. The trail was built with the help of many committed community groups and over 2,400 volunteer hours. Special thanks to: Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), Elevation Outdoors, Golden Giddyup Trail Team, REI, Guerilla Gravity, School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP), and Boulder Brands.
View Matthews/Winters Information and MapBackgroundJeffco Open Space is in the middle of conducting a one-year pilot program to evaluate the challenges and benefits associated with designated use trails. The 2011 Jeffco Citizen Survey reflected that 58% of respondents were in favor of designating trails for a single type of use.
As part of the pilot program, two trail segments in the JCOS system have been designated as bike only: a 0.9 mile segment of the Longhorn Trail at White Ranch Park and the new Dakota Ridge South Trail at Matthews/Winters Park. JCOS will be collecting data, conducting visitor surveys, and soliciting feedback on the visitor experience in these areas. The pilot program will help inform the approach to management of designated use and multi-use trails.
Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and park district projects, has preserved more than 54,000 acres, and manages 28 open space parks and more than 258 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.