By Kelsey Keener
BRIAN HEAD–The right fork of the Bunker Creek mountain bike trail has been officially reopened since July 4, and an official ribbon-cutting took place last Friday afternoon.
Several mountain biking trails in the Dixie National Forest were damaged in the Brian Head Fire last summer, and Forest Service employees have been working alongside the Brian Head community as well the Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association to restore and even improve the affected trails. The Forest Service took advantage of the opportunity to make improvements to some trails in order to make them more sustainable and family-friendly.
The American Conservation Experience was brought in by the Forest Service to work on the Bunker Creek trail in the fall of last year, and the restoration was completed on July 3. While plans to repair several other trails are still in place, the opening of the right fork of Bunker Creek is an important milestone for Brian Head as it relies on mountain biking for a large part of its summer economy.
The Dixie National Forest and its partners, including the Iron County Restaurant Tax Board and the DMBTA, were awarded a matching grant fund from the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation to complete $200,000 worth of mountain biking trail improvements.