Our Trail Partners
Working together to promote recreation stewardship
UVTA brings together a variety of stakeholders who have a shared interest in developing the trails in Utah Valley and Utah County. We have formed strong relationships with several city, state, and federal government agencies, that have enabled us to facilitate inter-jurisdiction trail planning and construction projects with more involvement from local citizens than often happens in government initiatives. Some parts of Utah County already have a strong partnership of a local citizen organization and a city government; while UVTA coordinates with such groups, much of our focus is on areas that lack such partnerships, in which we try to "incubate" citizen-agency relationships and the creation of local organizations.
Here are some of the organizations that UVTA works with:
- Utah Division of Wildlife Resources owns and manages four large Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the foothills of Utah Valley: Timpanogos WMA (Orem), Hobble Creek WMA (Springville and Mapleton), Loafer Mountain WMA (Spanish Fork and Woodland Hills), and Santaquin WMA. These WMAs are purchased by hunting license fees primarily for protecting winter big game habitat, and do not have a mandate for recreational access. However, due to the large numbers of neighboring residents who want to visit these lands, they are trying to find an appropriate balance of wildlife conservation and recreation, with the help of UVTA.
- Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest owns and manages most of the mountainous land east of Utah Valley, in its Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork Ranger Districts. This includes hundreds of miles of long-established trails, and newly designated trails in the "front country."
- Bureau of Land Managment (BLM) manages thousands of acres of land in the western part of the county as part of its West Desert District. This includes much of Lake Mountain, West Mountain, the Oquirrh Mountains, and the Tintic Mountans.
Several cities adjacent to the mountains have active trail systems and plans; many also have citizen trail advisory committees:
- Eagle Mountain
- Cedar Hills
- Pleasant Grove
- Spanish Fork
- Woodland Hills
These non-profit organizations work with their local cities and land owners to foster trail development in their community:
- Lake Mountain Trails Association (LMTA): Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs
- Traverse Mountain Trails Association (TMTA): Lehi
- Corner Canyon Trails Foundation (CCTF): Draper (including the Utah County side)
- Orem Youth Cycling Association (OYCA): Orem
- Hobble Creek Bicycle Association (HCBA): Springville-Mapleton
- Woodland Hills Outdoors: Woodland Hills
- Friends of Forebay: Payson
- Conserve Utah Valley: focuses on places of concern around the valley, including foothills areas such as Slate Canyon in Provo.
High School Mountain Bike Teams
Mountain Biking is a fast-growing "club" sport in our local high schools. The coaches actively teach riders about trail stewardship and each rider is required to volunteer dozens of hours each year on improving the trails on which they practice and compete.