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Our mission is simple

Maintain and expand trail access for mountain bikers and all trail users in the Pikes Peak region.

Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, a chapter of IMBA, is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create, sustain and advocate for quality mountain bike experiences for the riders of the Pikes Peak Region through advocacy, trail building, outreach and education.

For over 17 years, members of MWTA have been in constant contact with all the local land management agencies, including the City of Colorado Springs Parks Department, El Paso County Parks, the US Forest Service, the BLM, and Colorado State Parks. We work to be a resource for all these agencies any time a question comes up about mountain biking and trail use.

Advocacy

We keep in touch with the local land management agencies, like the US Forest Service, Colorado State Parks, the Colorado Springs Parks Department, and the El Paso County Parks Department. By maintaining good communication with the agencies which control our parks & forests, we help them avoid problems with mountain cyclists before they happen.

Trail Building

With today’s limited budgets, land management agencies are finding it harder and harder to build new trails for their users. Medicine Wheel steps in to help build trails that benefit all trail users and not just mountain bikers.

Trail Maintenance

We help to maintain trails for city, state and federal agencies in the Pikes Peak region, along with other volunteer groups throughout the area. Some of the areas we have helped maintain include Palmer Park, Ute Valley Park, Garden of the Gods Park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and trails throughout Pike National Forest.

Education & Outreach

We educate riders about being courteous to other trail users and about proper riding techniques and trail usage.

We are now a Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates is proud to be one of the newest members of the IMBA Chapter family.

For more information please visit www.imba.com

  • First and foremost, IMBA is the recognized leader for mountain bike advocacy
    wherever mountain bikes are ridden. Aligning with IMBA provides us with a broader reach and added “political clout”.
  • We have access to IMBA’s team of technical experts in trail design and building as well as government relations, legal assistance.
  • IMBA handles membership tracking freeing your board and volunteers to focus on on-the-ground projects and furthering the mission of Medicine Wheel.
  • IMBA’s team of Regional Directors keep local Chapter leaders informed about national, state and regional issues that may effect mountain bike access.
  • IMBA’s biennial Summit provides an opportunity for chapter leaders and members to learn from other chapters and exchange information on a wide variety of topics effecting mountain biking.

What Has Medicine Wheel Done For You?

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

During 2002 through 2006, Medicine Wheel designed and built two separate, technical singletrack trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the newest park in the Colorado State Park system. All trails in the park are open to hikers, runners and mountain cyclists. For more information click here and look for the Medicine Wheel trail and the Cougar Shadow trail.

Red Rocks Park

After the City of Colorado Springs bought the property now known as Red Rocks Park, the city held a public master planning process, asking for input on how the park should be developed. Due in part to the efforts of several dedicated Medicine Wheel members, most of the trails in the park are open to mountain bikes. Even better, land was set aside for a dedicated freeride/skills park area in the park. Medicine Wheel has completed construction of the first phase of the skills park, with teeters, skinnys and several structures to challenge riders of all skill levels.

Bear Creek Park Singletrack

In 2007, Medicine Wheel was invited by the El Paso County Parks Department to help with the design and construction of a new singletrack trail network in Bear Creek Park, just west of 21st Street and south of the dog park. MWTA partnered up with Dave Dessell, owner of TrailArts, a private trail building & design company, so that by early 2008, the project was done. Several races were held on the course in the summer of 2008 and everyone is pleased with the result. This is an exciting new development, as it is hoped to be just the first phase of a larger singletrack trail system in the park which will eventually connect with Section 16, Palmer Trail, and the trails in Cheyenne Canon.

Contact Us

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Cory Sutela
President, advocacy

Allen Beauchamp
Advocacy

Jesse Parker
Social Chair

Jason Alwine
Trails Committee