If there’s one perfect weekend to discover Eagle, April 25-27 may be the date.
Jam-packed with outdoor-focused events, activities and terrain openings, the last weekend in April could easily be dubbed ‘Get Outside in Eagle.’ The weekend line-up includes the fifth annual Western Slope Home & Recreation Expo, The Cycle Effect Trail Jam celebrating the town’s trails re-opening, the Colorado High School Cycling League Coaches Summit and the annual Eagle Community Clean-Up and Recycle Day.
The return of the Western Slope Home & Recreation Expo brings numerous outdoor toys to ogle, as well as innovations and decorations for the home, inside and out, displayed in one location at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The region’s largest such event, the expo features manufacturers and retailers from across the region showcasing remodeling and repair products, including renewable windows, decking, motor homes, four-wheelers, campers, garage gear, sheds and more. The event also will feature sponsor giveaways, including a media room set up from American Furniture Warehouse. A kids’ area with a jumpy castle and pint-sized entertainment keeps children busy, allowing parents to fully immerse themselves in the Expo atmosphere.
The Western Slope Home & Recreation Expo takes place at the Eagle River Center (just off the Interstate 70 Eagle exit) on Friday, Apr. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public and access is free but suggested donations of $2 per person benefit Habitat for Humanity in Eagle County. For more information visit www.westernslopehomeshow.com.
Trail opening celebration
Be sure to bring a mountain bike, running shoes, hiking boots and the family dog for trail testing before or after checking in at the expo. The town of Eagle’s open space trails network, located adjacent to Eagle Ranch, gets a re-opening celebration for the first time.
Each year, Eagle closes this section of its trails from December 15 to April 15 for wildlife migration and wintering. The re-opening event, called The Cycle Effect Trail Jam, serves as a tribute to an extensive trail system touted by many as the next Moab. It also provides a perfectly timed preview for riders planning to take part in the Firebird 40(ish) or the Firebird la Femme at the upcoming Eagle Outside Festival, May 17-18.
The Saturday, April 26 celebration includes a trail checkpoint challenge, a Strider course for young riders, yoga on the lawn and a post-party at The Dusty Boot with live music, prizes and a fund-raiser. The Cycle Effect Trail Jam is hosted by The Cycle Effect and sponsored by The Dusty Boot. Participation is free and more information can be found at www.eagleoutside.com.
The state’s high school cycling coaches most definitely will be testing Eagle’s newly opened trails during their weekend-long Colorado High School Cycling League Coaches Summit, Friday through Sunday, Apr. 25 – 27.
The summit is part of Eagle’s commitment to the Colorado High School Mountain Bike Championships, which were held in Eagle for the first time last October, and will return October 18–19. Eagle is the only host destination to hold back-to-back high school state championship events. The annual coaches summit brings together coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders and parent volunteers to develop skills and knowledge, share strategies and build community. For information visit www.coloradomtb.org.
With the town on display for so many outdoor-focused options and opportunities, it’s also the perfect time to spruce things up a bit. The annual Eagle Community Clean Up and Recycle Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Up to 20 teams comprised of volunteers from local organizations and businesses will hit the streets – and the pathways, sidewalks, river banks, creek sides and open spaces – to pick up trash throughout Eagle. It’s also a great time to donate and dispose of unwanted and unneeded items from home.
A variety of trash and recycle containers and donation trucks will be stationed in the parking lot behind the Capitol Movie Theater in Eagle Ranch to collect items including: recyclable metals; large amounts of trash; and furniture, clothing and toy donations. Alliance Record Services also will offer document shredding. Recyclable electronics will be collected at the Western Slope Home & Recreation Expo at the Eagle River Center.
Participation in the event is free, and volunteers and teams that sign up by April 9 receive a free T-shirt. The Eagle Community Clean Up & Recycle Day is sponsored by the Eagle Ranch Association, the town of Eagle, the Dusty Boot and Mountain Beverage, and organized by the Eagle Chamber of Commerce and supported by Vail Honeywagon, Alliance Record Services and Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops. For information visit www.eaglechamber.co.
For information about the Western Slope Home & Recreation Expo, visit www.westernslopehomeshow.com. For more information about getting outside in Eagle the weekend of April 25 – 27, or anytime this spring, summer, fall or winter, visit www.eagleoutside.com.