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Idaho’s First State Park Opens Groomed Trail to Fat-Bikers!

 

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Michelle Jorgensen is a Park Ranger at Harriman State Park of Idaho.  She sent us an email and wanted to share a brief article about Fat Bikes at Harriman State Park of Idaho, which is the first Idaho State Park to welcome Fat Bikes. Here’s a little good news from the great State Of Idaho!

Fat Bikes gain traction at Harriman State Park

At Harriman State Park, biking is a year round sport –and Fat Bike riders can now enjoy access to 24 miles of groomed Nordic trails.   Fat Bikes have become common on groomed multi-use trails, with many ski resorts and Nordic centers tapping into this popular sport.  On January 11, 2015 Harriman State Park became the first Idaho State Park to welcome Fat Bikes to explore over 24 miles of groomed trails.Fat bikes in Crested Butte  January 11 was a busy day at the park, as many participants of Jay P’s Backyard Fat Pursuit rode the trails and shared their experiences and suggestions with Park Manager, John Sullivan.

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With Harriman’s established winter grooming program and unique overnight facilities, adding Fat Bikes to the park’s recreation experience has proven to be a great fit.  Welcoming Fat Bikes into the park has had many benefits, including creating new and unique recreation experiences and opportunities, protecting access to recreational trails, and drawing new user groups to the park.  These benefits not only accomplish many goals of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreations’ Strategic Plan, but will generate revenue, making Harriman a self-sustaining park that continues to offer exciting and diverse recreation opportunities.  This revenue helped the park purchase a new 24” roller, the same groomer that has made Grand Targhee Resort’s Fat Bike trails well known across the region.  IMG_3761 copyWith recent weather in the region reaching temperatures in the high forties, trail conditions have been best in the morning, with the snow becoming slush by early afternoon.  For up to date trail conditions, please call the park.  In addition to the daily Motor Vehicle Entry Fee of $5, all winter users pay a $5 per day Winter Access Fee, which funds Harriman’s winter grooming program.  For more information on exploring Harriman State Park on a Fat Bike, please call (208) 881-4045 and check out our Fat Bikes at Harriman webpage for trail etiquette: www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/harriman

 

 

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