Trail Construction begins in Virginia Canyon Mountain Park

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Construction begins on Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Trails System

Contact: Andrew Marsh, City Administrator (303) 567-4421,

Idaho Springs, Colorado – December 22, 2201.  The City of Idaho Springs has begun construction on the first formal trails in Virginia Canyon Mountain Park (VCMP) that consists of 472 acres of City open space located north of the Argo Mill and Tunnel. The City received a total of $349,487 in grants, comprised of $249,487 from the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Resilient Communities program and, $100,000 from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Non-Motorized Trails program.  The City Council approved an additional $24,373 to fully fund the $373,860 project.

Following the award of these grants, the City entered into an agreement with the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) to manage the construction project to build phase one of these trails in VCMP. Phase one includes two segments of trail: one that will run from the Argo Mill property to the south to a termination point in the vicinity of Santa Fe Mine Road to the North, and another that will run from a “saddle” in the middle of the park to the top of the southern most peak in the park.  Access to the trailheads at the base and the summit have been granted by the Mighty Argo through easements under a public private development agreement.

The City has contracted with FlowRide Concepts of Wheat Ridge, Colorado to construct phase one of the trails system. FlowRide Concepts began work last week, and trail construction activity is visible at the base of Rosa Gulch. Construction is expected to continue throughout the winter months with an anticipated trail opening in May of 2022.

The City will continue to coordinate with its partners GOCO, CPW, COMBA and the Mighty Argo to fund future development of this trail system. Under a master plan that was previously funded by another grant from GOCO and approved by the City Council, the City plans to eventually build approximately 12 miles of trails in VCMP for mountain biking and hiking.