Want to ride on junk? Now you can at no charge thanks to a new bike park. Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) opens this Memorial Day weekend.
The adage “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure” rings true at RMOC’s new Junk Yard Bike Park, located south of Buena Vista, Colo.
Carefully repurposed junk that would have otherwise landed in the landfill now makes up the unique park near the Browns Canyon National Monument entrance to the Arkansas River Valley. Trash to shred includes old cars, telephone poles, boxes, and up-cycled materials like concrete, rocks, and asphalt.
RMOC purports it to be the biggest bike park within a 100-mile radius, boasting plenty of unique features. You can look forward to dropping off a deteriorating school bus, then jumping over an old Chevy Caprice Classic — which locals kindly refer to as “White Lightning.”
Junk Yard Bike Park also includes a small skills area, a pump track, and different lines tooled for various abilities, beginner to pro. Riders can also dart off on several singletrack trails leading away from the park.
Bring your bike and ride Junk for free. Or, if you need wheels, rent a dirt-jumper onsite for $50.
“We’re excited to offer another great way to enjoy RMOC’s riverside property,” said Brandon Slate, RMOC’s co-owner. “While we may be best known for our river trips, we look forward to becoming a local biking destination too.”
Slate and Ryan Coulter (RMOC’s fellow owner) are the brains behind the operation. Their goal of repurposing junk and utilizing their riverside space also aims to fill a void in the local mountain biking scene.
RMOC invites folks to experience the park and the outpost’s other features. These include a food truck, microbrewery, and plenty of whitewater rafting excursions.
If you’re in Colorado and your Memorial Day plans aren’t set, head on to the Junk Yard for some biking and brews. To learn everything you need to know about the park and the weekend, check out the Junk Yard Bike Park website.