Archive | August, 2020

Letter of Support for History Colorado Grant Application – Palisade Wall Repairs

Mr. Tim Stroh, AIA
Director, State Historical Fund
1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

SUBJECT: Letter of Support for History Colorado Grant Application, Palisade Wall Repairs.


Dear Mr. Stroh:

Please accept this letter from the Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) as an official letter of support for the Palisade Wall Repair project. The TPA is a volunteer organization created to be a viable partner to public lands managers, working with the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to preserve the sport of motorized trail riding and multiple-use recreation.  The TPA acts as an advocate for the sport and takes the necessary action to ensure that the USFS and BLM allocate a fair and equitable percentage of public lands access to diverse multiple-use trail recreational opportunities.  The TPA is not a membership organization but does have hundreds of financial contributors and supporters that enjoy multiple-use recreation throughout the State of Colorado.  Annually the TPA hosts a rider symposium to educate participants in land use issues affecting multiple-use recreation, outdoor stewardship, and ethical riding on public lands.  On several occasions, the TPA has included symposium sessions focused on the historical aspects of the local area to include photo slide shows and interpretive rides with a local expert to enhance symposium participant’s appreciation for the history that surrounds and includes the local riding area.

The TPA enthusiastically supports the repairs to the Palisade Wall as this retaining structure is integral to reopening the route that provides multiple-use/motorcycle riding opportunities to the historical Alpine Tunnel route and especially to the several restorations and interpretative displays at the West Portal of the Alpine Tunnel.  Railroad history is a fundamental part of Colorado’s Statehood and history, and the Alpine Tunnel represents a very special cultural exhibit and specimen of the State’s narrow gauge railroad history.  The TPA feels it is essential to reopen the route so that recreationists and enthusiasts from various disciplines and sports can once again enjoy and appreciate all that this route and the portal informational site have to offer.

The TPA supports the grant application submitted for the Palisade Wall Repair project.


D.E. Riggle
Director of Operations
Trails Preservation Alliance


Palisade Wall

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The TPA is excited to introduce Chad Hixon as our new Executive Director!

The Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) Board of Directors is excited and pleased to announce the selection of Chad Hixon to serve as the Executive Director of the TPA. Chad brings over 16 years of proven experience in leading organizations and building a successful business in Colorado, and he is a skilled motorcyclist and multiple-use trail advocate. Chad is a co-founder of the Central Colorado Mountain Riders (CCMR) club in Salida Colorado and has led them to significant accomplishments over the past five years. Chad demonstrates outstanding ability and resourcefulness working with and building partnerships between land managers, local governments, and motorized users and brings his friendly and approachable personality to our team.

One of Chad’s primary responsibilities will be fundraising and ensuring the TPA has sufficient funds to operate long into the future. Additionally, Chad will work toward increasing the TPA’s support of our affiliated motorcycle clubs as well as improve our routine communication with them. Chad will also be working on enhancing the TPA’s statewide recognition with riders through outreach in social media – spotlighting our activities to protect the sport of motorized trail riding and recreation on public lands.

Don Riggle will continue to act as the TPA’s Director of Operations and will mentor Chad as he begins to take over the day-to-day activities of managing and leading the TPA.

Chad Hixon with motorcycle


“I’m very excited to accept this role. I look forward to expanding on the strong foundation that Don Riggle and the TPA has built, and to help to further the mission to protect our sport.” -Chad Hixon

The TPA is proud to have Chad as our new Executive Director and look forward to his leadership to drive our mission forward!

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Another Burro on the Books!

Back by popular demand – the 2020 Shady Burro Enduro in South Fork, CO. was a HUGE success!

The 2-day Shady Burro was a SOLD OUT event with Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) supporter Andrew Short taking overall victories on both Saturday and Sunday. Way to go Andrew!

The Shady Burro’s organizers thrive each year to create a motorized recreation event that can provide benefits for all involved. An event of this magnitude takes an enormous amount of coordination and cooperation from all entities and agencies and provides a solid economic boost to the surrounding communities. It takes an army to make this happen and the TPA would like to thank organizer Jud Barlow, Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit (RMEC), Texas State Championship Enduro Circuit (TSCEC), each of the more than 100 volunteers, USFS Divide Ranger District, and the town of South Fork for making this event happen!

Once again, the TPA ran the technical inspection and safety for the event. As a thank you, Jud Barlow presented a handsome check to the TPA – which always makes Don Riggle, Director of Operations, smile (see photo below). 

Jud Barlow hands Don Riggle a check for the TPA


If you didn’t make it down for the 2020 event, stay tuned for next year’s dates and get your spot early before the 2021 Shady Burro Enduro sells out! We will see you next year for one of the best races in Colorado!

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