The Nature Connection will be hosting our 4th annual Gear Sale and Trail Races on Saturday, May 13th. Bike, Run, or RELAY!

Register for the race by April 15th to receive a $5 discount!

Click here for Trail Races and Relay registration.

Gear Sale Info:

Come buy new and used outdoor gear including bikes, XC Skis and SUPs from our own fleet. We will have special deals on new gear from local businesses.

Gear Donations:

Support the Nature Connection by donating your outdoor gear so we can sell at the sale. Gear donations will be accepted starting April 17th. Donations will continue until April 30th. Donations can be made at our HQ in Hotchkiss: 397 Miners Way.

Contact Randall have any questions about the gear sale that benefits The Nature Connection kids programs.

Race Info:

Bike, Run or Relay to benefit kids programs at the Nature Connection. 100% of race fees go toward making our programs affordable!

New for 2023 is the Team Trail Challenge Relay. Form a team (or come ready to join) and plan your costumes to compete in this all-ages, shenanigan-filled event where you climb a wall, pitch a tent, run and bike! Register your team here. You can also register in advance or form a team on the day of the event. We especially encourage younger kids (under 12) and families to participate in this event. Our other races will be geared toward youth and adults.

The Trail Races will be 100% on the Crossroads Trail System (built by local teens!) and features a 5k trail run and a 10k trail run with very moderate hills. Registration in advance or on race day. Registration and check-in begins at 8am with the race starting at 8:30. The trail run is an all ages event (no separate kids run) with fun prizes. Shirts are offered at an additional cost. Register by April 15th to receive $5 off.

The Mountain Bike Race is an all ages event on a 6 mile (10k) course on the Crossroads singletrack system. Registration in advance or on race day. Registration and race check in will start at 10am, and the race will start at approximately 10:30am. Please come early to pump up tires. This year, the bike races will not have a separate kids event, but youth can register at a discounted rate. Shirts are offered at an additional cost. Register by April 15th to receive $5 off!

All registration will take place on our UltraCamp Portal. This will allow families to create an account and easily register for multiple events with the Nature Connection. Please contact our office: 970-872-5910 if you are having trouble with the system.

Give the Gift of camp:

This entire event is a fundraiser for our youth programs. 100% of the proceeds from the races ($30 adults, $20 team and $15 youth) go toward our programs. T-shirts will be an additional $15 this year. Please consider making an extra donation when you “check-out” during the registration process. If you cannot make a monetary donation, consider bringing used gear for us to sell at the sale.

See you May 13th!

Click Here to Register Any of the Races or Relays

8AM – Trail Race Registration
8:30AM – 5K and 10K Trail Run
10AM – Gear Sale Begins, Climbing Wall, Mountain Bike Race Registration
10:30AM – Mountain Bike Race
11:30AM – Team Trail Relay Registration
12:00PM – Team Trail Relay
12:45PM – Awards

Lunch Available at the Ball Fields!
2PM – Gear Sale and Event Ends

Along with the races, relay and sale, we will have our 24′ mobile climbing wall open to the public from 10-2. Join us for the day and support our mission of getting youth and families outside!