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Volunteers break ground on new mountain bike trail in Kanab
Kanab has long been known for its amazing trails for four wheelers, equestrians, hikers and dog walkers. However, despite being surrounded by world-class mountain bike trails in the nearby communities, Kanab City has none.
Current local trails are either not suitable or off limits to bicyclists. According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, bicycling contributes $6.2 billion annually to the Western Regional States alone. It supports more than 60,000 jobs across the region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming. Bicycling contributes more than $1 billion to state and federal tax revenues and produces nearly $4.1 billion annually in retail sales and services. Now, Kanab has taken the first step to establish a trail system that will compare to experiences found in St. George, Hurricane, Brian Head, The Rainbow Rim, and Bryce Canyon areas.
With direction provided by the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Trail Care Crew and The American Conservation Experience Crew, volunteers broke ground on the first section of single-track trail above Jacob Hamblin Park. The diverse group included all types of trail users. Their single unifying factor was their love for outdoor recreation in Kanab’s beautiful red rock landscape.
Christina Hansen, Kanab Cycling Club’s president, was instrumental in getting this project under way. She cites the support of Kane County as instrumental in securing the funding for the Conceptual Plan prepared by Joey Kline of IMBA’s Trail Solutions. Kline also dedicated many volunteer hours flagging potential trails along with local volunteer, Nick Smith, owner of Seldom Seen Adventures.
Hansen states that this trail project would never have gotten to this point without the help of Kane County, Kelly Stowell, Commissioner Dirk Clayson, Kanab City, BLM, Dixie Mountain Bike Association, American Conservation Experience, IMBA, Joey Kline, and especially Nick Smith, who could be seen walking the hills daily for weeks.