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Release Date: 08/17/10
Contacts: Beverly Gorny,    

BLM and WOC Co-sponsor Ride the Red Bike Tour

The Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office and the Wyoming Outdoor Council are sponsoring the Ride the Red bike tour in the Red Desert on Saturday, Aug. 28, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Ride the Red combines BLM’s stewardship and outdoor ethics initiative called “Take It Outside: Connect With Your Public Lands” with WOC’s semi-annual bike tour of the Red Desert.

“The BLM has a unique opportunity to connect families to the outdoors,” according to Noelle Glines-Bovio, BLM recreation planner and event co-organizer. “One of the main goals of the ‘Take It Outside’ initiative is to encourage stewardship of the public lands. This event will help provide an opportunity for outdoor recreation and education.”

“For every Ride the Red tour, the Wyoming Outdoor Council tries to explore a different and especially scenic part of the Red Desert,” said Jamie Wolf, WOC outreach coordinator and event co-organizer. “This year, riders will experience the Powder Rim. We are pleased to sponsor an event that will help us explore and celebrate the open spaces and wild places that make us proud to call Wyoming our home.”

Both experienced and amateur mountain bikers are welcome. Participants may travel the route at their own pace. The bike tour is a 14-mile loop on a two-track trail along the Powder Rim. There are both steep and gradual uphill areas, as well as some downhill and flat terrain. Some portions of the trail are rocky, others are fine gravel, and others are bare dirt. There is one small section (less than a mile) that could be considered technical where inexperienced bikers could walk. If you do not own a mountain bike, many local gear and bike shops will rent them.

Tour participants will meet at the Lariat Quick Stop gas station in Baggs, Wyo. then caravan approximately eight miles north on Wyoming Highway 789. From there, the caravan will travel west on a scenic and well-maintained dirt road for approximately 20 miles to the trailhead and parking area. Ride the Red will launch at that point.

For a full explanation of the ride, including route information, times and locations, and other details, please visit our website at, click on the “Act” tab, and then select “Get Outdoors with the Outdoor Council.” Riders are asked to RSVP no later than August 23.

For more information on the “Take It Outside: Connect With Your Public Lands” initiative, visit the BLM website,

For more information on Ride the Red, contact Jamie Wolf at 307.721.7610 or Noelle Glines-Bovio, at 307-328-4310.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 North Third      Rawlins, WY 82301  

Last updated: 08-17-2010