Where and when to go riding in Rocky Mountain House

Should you hit the dirt and rocks in Rocky?

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A dirt bike rider drives over deadfall

Deadfall can be found throughout the Ricinus Trail. — Photo courtesy Amber Giroux

Rocky Mountain House is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to town names. It’s not nestled in the Rocky Mountains and there’s more than one house. What the area does have is a good assortment of riding trails, a motocross track and a dedicated group of riders in the Rocky Motorcycle Club.

“Everyone is super friendly at our events,” said Rocky Motorcycle Club member Amber Giroux. “We’re family-oriented. We get everybody in one location and have a good weekend together. We hold these events on our off-road courses as well. These events draw out 90 to 110 people.”

A group of riders prepare for a race

Rocky Motorcycle Club typically has 200 to 300 memberships sold per year. — Photo courtesy Amber Giroux

Here are a few of the events to look for in Rocky:

  • June 10th: Motocross/tabletop race
  • June 17th: Junior red riders—includes three hours of instruction, use of the required Honda CRF Bike and Fox protective gear
  • July 9th: ATV Triple Crown series—ATV and side-by-side racing

Two of the most popular locations to ride in Rocky are the Ricinus Trail and Gloomy Creek. Both areas provide about 18 kilometres of dirt to rip through. Ricinus is only for dirt bikes. It’s a tight trail filled with trees and deadfall. Gloomy Creek is a technical riding area. It’s wet, rocky and has changes in elevation. There are lots of ATV trail offshoots that extend the stretch of terrain you can cover.

You can join the 200 to 300 members already in the Rocky Motorcycle Club. Single memberships are $100 and family memberships are $200.

Keep up to date on events by visiting the Rocky Motorcycle Club’s website or Facebook page.  

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