For the seventh year in a row, the annual Colorado 600 Trails Symposium Workshop has kicked off again in South Fork Colorado. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado, the Colorado 600 is the annual off-road motorcycle ride and fund raiser for the Trail Preservation Alliance (TPA), an event that provides a venue for dirt riders to better understand the many diverse challenges the sport off-road motorcycle and trail riding is facing for continued access and recreation on our public lands. The TPA is a Colorado based, 501c3 non-profit, volunteer organization created to be a partner to public lands managers like the Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to preserve the sport of motorized trail riding and multiple-use recreation. The TPA acts as an advocate for the sport and takes action to ensure that the USFS and BLM allocate a fair and equitable percentage of public lands access to multiple-use recreational opportunities. Day 1 activities for each of the 75 riders includes a mandatory sound level and safety checks for each bike, check-in at the host lodge in South Fork and a few riders take the opportunity to make a short test ride on some of the local trails in the surrounding Rio Grande National Forest. Day 1 also offers riders the opportunity to meet new riders, make new friends and get reacquainted with old friends.
Stay tuned for Day 2’s report after we do some epic riding in the mountains of Colorado.