CASPER, Wyo. — Western Wyoming Community College announced on Monday that the Sweetwater Trails Alliance has selected the name “Mustang Loop” for the new bike trail located behind the college’s residence halls.
“Local submitter Keith Hay won a Yeti backpack and water bottle for submitting the winning name,” the college said in the announcement.
The bike trail has been completed but donations are still being accepted to help pay for signage, benches, picnic tables, a parking lot off of Skyline Street and recycled asphalt on a staging area located near the college’s West parking lot.
“A staging area is a location that can be the area used for people to sign up for events, get water and food, first aid, and vendor setup during events,” the college explained. “The space allows people to gather without using the parking lot as that parking lot is used for CDL classes. The City of Rock Springs moved roughly 500 tons of dirt to flatten the area on the northwest corner of the West parking lot to create space for the staging area.”
“Donations will also be used to include skills items for mountain biking such as teeter-totters, eight-inch rails at ground level, eight-inch rails at a two-foot level, and possibly a rock-climbing skills section.”
The Sweetwater Trails Alliance would also like to place signs along the trail to inform users “with facts such as that users can see both the Wind River and Uintah Mountain ranges from the staging area — they’re about 160 miles apart, the college adds. “The team hopes to have signs explaining rock formations and other facts throughout the trail to create a learning experience.”
The trail has so far seen monetary and/or time donations from:
- The Bike and Trike
- Sweetwater County Fire Department
- City of Rock Springs
- Sweetwater County
- Wyoming State Parks
- Home Depot
- The Boy Scouts
- Cowboy Donuts
- Wyoming Outdoor Recreation
- United Site Services
- Western Archeological Services
- State of Wyoming
- Community members
“The Mustang Loop serves as an outlet for community members to get outside and experience Wyoming’s unique landscape without ever having to leave town,” the announcement adds. “SWTA would like to encourage those hoping to do some good in our community to donate to the Mustang Loop this Giving Tuesday. Details on how to donate can be found at www.westernwyoming.edu/biketrail.”
Giving Tuesday will take place on November 30.
“The Sweetwater Trails Alliance is excited to bring a quality trail system inside the city of Rock Springs,” Sweetwater Trails Alliance member Randall Dale said in the announcement. “We look forward to our community getting outside and enjoying our community trail, whether hiking, running, or biking. This trail can fit your needs whether grandma and grandpa want a place to walk, possibly teach someone biking skills to build confidence, or just stroll around the trail with the kids in a stroller or even a strider bike while learning how to ride! The best part about this trail is it is for the whole community.”