Flyin’ High at Lake County’s Mt. Elbert Moto
By Becky Thompson, Leadville Today contributor
The Mt. Elbert Moto’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) track had its Grand Opening last Saturday, June 15, 2013. The facility has both a youth and an adult course, with future plans to add single track trails and possibly a beginner/intermediate course. The adult course is a 2/3rd mile loop that will likely see some riders visiting from the front-range, but is primarily targeted to a more local crowd.Motocross enthusiasts are flyin’ high with the Grand Opening of Leadville’s Mt. Elbert Moto OHV track last Saturday. Photo: Becky Thompson
Lake County played an integral role in the completion of the facility both through funding and equipment hours, including watering the track as needed. The track was also funded through grants originating from Colorado State Trails OHV sticker fees and the Stay the Trail organization. Season pass holders are required to volunteer at least once per season to assist with track maintenance/improvement, although county equipment will still be used for larger projects.Motocross riders of all ages enjoy Mt. Elbert Moto. Photo: Becky Thompson
The track will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./dusk daily, but may close during rain events, when the track is wet, or in the event that dust from the track is interfering with operations at the airport.
All users must have either a season or day pass and day pass users may only visit as the guest of a season pass holder. Season passes for those who are 18+ are $125, children ages 10 to 17 are $75, and children 9 and younger are free when they come with a season pass holder. Family passes may also be purchased for $175 and they are good for an adult and up to two children. Day use is $10/person for all ages.Start Your Engines! Photo: Becky Thompson.
Memberships for Mt. Elbert Moto are $125 for the season and are available at Silver City Conoco, the Lake County Recreation Department and Saturday’s Discount. Day passes will also be available for $10 at the above listed locations. A signed waiver is required for every rider.
All users must wear a DOT approved helmet, goggles, above ankle boots, and protective clothing. Only 80cc+ engines are allowed, except in the case of advanced 65cc+ riders who have an adult monitoring for them while no one else is using the track.
Currently there are no plans for winter use for snowmobiles. There are also not plans for races in the near future due to the large increase in insurance fees for the track if it were to host races.FINALLY, locals have a place to tear it up on the track! Photo: Becky Thompson.
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Local Fishing Report
And now here’s the latest fishing report from Tim Hill with Colorado Fly Fishing Guides:
Upper Arkansas River (Between Buena Vista and Leadville) – Native flows in Hayden Meadows are well past peak and have been receding over the last several days. Releases from Twin Lakes have also been reduced, but below the Lake Creek Confluence high water conditions still exist, so pocket water along the rocky banks must be found in order to fish from Granite to Buena Vista. Also concentrate on side channels and tributaries coming into the main channel. With the renewed clarity fish are hungry and starting to look up. Dry/dropper rigs can be used to cover the shallower perimeter and nymphing can be effective for the deeper pockets and seams. Fly selection should include caddis and attractor patterns on top and stone fly, and caddis pupa and/or emergers underneath the surface.