Letters to the Editor

Letter: Boulder-White Clouds

I have lived in the Wood River Valley area for five years. One of the most amazing things about living here is the access to some of the nation’s best mountain biking terrain. The diversity in terrain and the majestic scenery that can be observed on these rides is just one of many reasons why the Boulder-White Clouds needs to be protected.

Previous attempts to protect this area through legislation have fallen short, making the future of the Boulder-White Clouds and accessibility to many of these trails uncertain. We have a unique opportunity to secure permanent mountain bike access for these spectacular trails for years to come though national monument designation.

There is another option on the table: Rep. Mike Simpson’s SNRA-Plus legislation. This bill would drastically restrict mountain bike access to two of the area’s most magnificent rides, Castle Peak and Ants Basin trails.

Monument designation would give the mountain bike community a seat at the table when the time comes to implement a management plan for the area. It’s our best chance to finally afford the protection this area deserves while preserving access to these unique and beautiful rides.

John Sisko, Ketchum