From Tragic History to Mountain Bike Park, Coal Basin Continues to Evolve

Coal Basin, on Colorado's Western Slope, was the site of a series of 20th century mining disasters.
Bikers on the trail network at Coal Basin Ranch. (Courtesy of Trina Ortega)

by | Feb 17, 2022 | Environment, Recreation

Coal Basin, on Colorado’s Western Slope, was the site of a series of 20th century mining disasters. Now, a privately-owned parcel surrounded by National Forest land provides free public access to custom-designed mountain bike trails. For Rocky Mountain Community Radio, KDNK’s Morgan Neely reports on how the trails offer more than recreation—they’re meant to mitigate the environmental destruction left behind by the mine’s operators.

This story is part of a collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio focusing on the transition away from fossil fuels across the Mountain West.


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About Morgan Neely

Morgan is KDNK's full-time reporter and news host. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and opps guy at APR and also worked with Pitkin County for a couple of years. He says that getting back to public radio and reporting is where he wants to be.

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