September 6, 2022 |

The Carbon County Visitors’ Council will host a bicycle ride event along the Continental Divide Trail this Saturday, September 10th.

Bring water, sunscreen, and of course, your bike to the Carbon Building in Rawlins. Join other biking enthusiasts for a leisurely ride along the section of the Continental Divide Trail that passes through town.

The Continental Divide Trail is a hiking path that winds through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. From Mexico to Canada, it runs through 3,000 miles of the harshest and most remote terrain in the country.

Along with Encampment and Riverside to the south, Rawlins is the only other population center in Carbon County that the trail runs past.

Emily Haver, an Ambassador for the Continental Divide Trails Coalition, says that people may not know the route the trail takes.

Pictured above: CDT marker at Third and Maple Ave in Rawlins. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

Much of the CDT is too rugged for all but the most experienced bike riders. Haver says that Rawlins happens to be on an unusually flat part of the trail. She invites riders of all skill levels to come to the event.

The route is planned to be an eight to 10 mile round trip. Starting at the Carbon Building, Haver will lead everyone north, along the CDT out of Rawlins, and then back to where they started. The actual length of the ride will depend on the skill and ability of the riders. Ten miles might sound like a lot, but Haver says not to be intimidated.

In August, the Carbon County Visitors’ Council held two additional Continental Divide Trail related events.

On the 22nd, Haver held a talk about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and how to use them in everyday life.

On August 27th, the CCVC hiked the Red Mountain section of the CDT. Adventurers from all over the country attended. Haver says that the trail brings people from all walks of life together.

The Continental Divide Trail bike ride begins at 7 a.m. at the Carbon Center in Rawlins.

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