The Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office will host the 12 Hours of Penitence mountain bike endurance race on Oct. 11-14 at Penitente Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA).
The race will utilize roads, trails and the campground in Penitente Canyon, Witches Canyon and Sidewinder Road areas from Thursday through Sunday. Penitente Canyon will remain open to the public, but users seeking solitude or other quiet forms of recreation are encouraged to find alternate locations to recreate.
“We are excited to host the 12 Hours of Penitence race,” said San Luis Valley Field Office Manager Melissa Garcia. “With the amount of activity expected in the canyon during the event, we ask everyone using the area to be cautious for the safety of competitors, staff and the public.”
Alternate locations for developed camping are available at Rio Grande National Forest’s Poso and Storm King campgrounds. Dispersed camping is available on BLM-managed public lands throughout the San Luis Valley.