Shadow mountain Bike Park proposal has been submitted
In March 2023, developers filed an application for a special use permit to construct a lift-access downhill and freeride mountain bike park just West of Conifer on Shadow Mountain Drive and South Warhawk Road, see the map below. The application was reviewed by Jefferson County this summer and found to be lacking in many areas. The developers now have until early December 2023 to resubmit their revised application.
We oppose the Bike Park because they plan on developing a pristine meadow into a commercial enterprise putting our mountain, our community, wildlife, and environment at risk.
Hundreds of cars driving to and from the Bike Park daily on a residential, winding, narrow, two-lane road with no shoulders and blind turns puts everyone at risk.
Air & Water
The car pollution, human waste, and water needs of hundreds of mountain bikers a day and up to 1,000 bikers on a peak day (as projected by the developers) will have detrimental impacts on existing air quality and residential neighborhood wells, impacting the ability for existing ground water to recharge itself.
Emergency Responder Resources
The Bike Park will provide only first aid, leaving Elk Creek Fire volunteers to respond to all serious accidents on the property. Elk Creek Fire will also need to respond to all traffic accidents caused by the additional use of Shadow Mountain Drive. The Bike Park will not provide adequate funding to assist Elk Creek Fire, which will reduce response times for all other emergencies in the surrounding area.
The proposed development area is in an extreme wildfire risk area. Adding more than 1,000 people on a peak day will greatly increase this risk, 84% of fires are human caused. Shadow Mountain Drive will not be able to handle the traffic load in the event of a fire evacuation.
The proposed development area provides habitat for a diverse wildlife population and contains established migratory corridors for some species. There is also summer and fall concentration habitat for black bear, habitat for lynx (an endangered species) and the northern goshawk (a species of greatest conservation need).