Everything you need to know
How to get there
Standing Boy Trails is located in north Columbus, with access to parking areas off Old River Road. Coming from town, turn left (west) onto Old River Road and then the parking areas will be on your left (south).
The Biking Trailhead and Overflow Flow Parking are shortly after you cross Standing Boy Creek. The Hiking Trailhead is slightly further down Old River Road. Both are accessed by turning off Old River Road onto gravel roads. Some big, laser-cut metal signs for Old River Road are in the works. For now, please rely on Google Maps.
The Biking Trailhead can be a bit tight for larger vehicles and is not a pull-through lot. Drivers of those vehicles will be happier in Overflow Parking.
The Hiking Trailhead is currently a small grassy field, but a 25ish car gravel lot, kiosk, and portable toilet are coming. For hikers and runners, the advantage of the “Hiking Trailhead” is that it is adjacent to the hiking-only trails and provides shorter access to the river. From Overflow Parking, the Hiking Trailhead and hiking-only trails can be accessed via Primary Goods (multiuse) or Clovis (foot traffic only).
There is a portable toilet at the Biking Trailhead. Currently there is no potable water at either trailhead.
Parking Pass Required
The trails were constructed with over two million donated dollars and thousands of volunteer hours. The trails, along with the parking areas and trailheads, are maintained and managed solely by Standing Boy, Inc.(SBI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
One-hundred percent of the parking fee goes to SBI and is the chief source of revenue with which SBI manages and maintains the trails, trailhead, and access roads. SBI does not receive government assistance. State Park passes are not valid at Standing Boy.
For administrative efficiency, the parking pass utilizes license plates. Solely from a standpoint of personal economics, a parking pass makes sense if you visit twenty or more times during the year. If you and another member of your household are both visiting this frequently, then we would encourage you to become a Supporter or Patron, which will entitle you to multiple parking passes. If you get in a bind with a car in the shop or similar, infrequent circumstances, then just leave a note on your dash with your license plate number. We plan to address the parking fee in more detail as we flesh out the website, but initially the parking fee will be solely administrated by volunteers and we need it to be highly efficient.
SUPPORTERS AND PATRONS
In addition to the parking fee, we are asking avid trail users, as well as those that see the value of the trails to our community, to give beyond the purchase of a parking pass by becoming a Supporter ($250) or Patron ($500). In addition to parking passes, Supporters and Patrons will get inside information on the trails and future plans, projections on trail openings, and, as we build out this program, other goodies and events. Please take the time to learn more.
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We have Hiking-Only (foot-traffic only), Multiuse (foot traffic and biking), and Gravity (downhill, bike-only) trails. Additionally, a number of old roadbeds (“Troads”) are signed and well-trafficked. A number of the troads only allow uphill bike traffic. The Multiuse and Gravity trails are designated similar to ski resorts: green is easiest, blue is moderate, and black is most difficult.
Please carefully study the Trail Map and review Trail Rules and Terms and Conditions. While the trails are well-signed and there are a handful of maps out on the trail systems, we strongly encourage the use of apps to help you navigate while you’re out on the trails.
The Multiuse and Gravity Trails are closed when they are wet enough that use would cause damage. Trail closures apply to all trail users – hikers, runners, and bikers.
Some of the trails are designated as “Finicky Trails.” These trails don’t handle the rain quite as well as the others and may stay closed longer after rain. If users respect these closures, it allows the rest of the trails to be open more often. Please help us by making sure the kiosk sign matches the website and nicely explaining how this works to anyone riding closed trails.
If a large rain event is forecast, we will try to tarp Swavey’s and Sky Shark before the rain arrives. This may necessitate us closing these jump lines the afternoon or evening prior to the day on which rain is forecast.
The Hiking-Only Trails and Troads are only closed in the very wettest of conditions. However, when the Multiuse trails are closed, the gate to the Biking Trailhead and Overflow Parking will be closed. We have to prioritize the protection of the substantial investment in the trails made by our donors and volunteers.
We have an awesome community of trail users and outstanding compliance with trail closures. And it’s imperative that we keep things that way. If you’re thinking of ignoring trail closures and disrespecting all of the donors and volunteers that have made the trails possible, know that doing so will force us to revoke your annual pass (if you have one) and suspend you from buying a day pass for some period of time. Please don’t make us do this.
use your common sense
Even though we work tirelessly to get the trail status right, we are not infallible. Thus, we need you to help by using your judgment.
- During the late spring and summer months when the trail system is generally dry and we get lots of pop-up showers, we are not going to close the trails after a brief rain if we think all they need is an hour or two to dry out. So during these months, please give the trails a little time after brief rains, even if they are not closed.
- If the trail status is “open” even though it should very likely be “closed” based on recent amounts of precipitation, please don’t go to the trails.
- If you get out there and we jumped the gun on reopening the trails, please get off the trails and let us know. While we often do physical checks of the trail prior to reopening, it not always possible and, when it is, we obviously cannot check all of the trails.
We are working on implementing a texting app that would allow users to send a text that would trigger alerts to a handful of key volunteers. This will enable better communication and response times if we open the trails too soon after a rain, the gate malfunctions, etc.
WELCOME FOR NOW
Currently, all class 1 e-bikes are allowed at Standing Boy. However, we highly encourage the new class of lighter-weight, moderately-powered e-bikes for our rolling, multi-use trails. It’s possible that in future, only these types of e-bikes will be allowed.
Class 2 and 3 e-bikes are not allowed under any circumstances. Use of Class 2 or 3 e-bikes (or Class 1 e-bikes that have been modified) will result in the revocation of your annual parking pass (if you have one) and your ability to purchase a daily pass will be suspended for a period of time. Please don’t make us do this.
Quota hunts are conducted on the property Friday through Sunday on the following weekends. The trails are open regular hours during archery hunting but are closed until 10:00 during the youth firearm hunts. Please be welcoming and respectful to the hunters.
Archery hunts for deer
- The first weekend in October
- The first and second weekends in November
- The first weekend in December
Archery hunts for turkey
- The fourth and fifth weekends of the state season*
youth firearm hunts for turkey
- The second and third weekends of the state season*
* For 2023, the state season for turkey is April 8th through May 15th. More information can be found at the DNR website.
Rules can be frustrating, and one of things we like about being on the trails is the feeling of freedom from all of the constraints of modern life. But if we want to have nice things, somebody’s got to be in charge and we’ve got to have some rules.
We appreciate our user community accepting and abiding by the rules. Builders and other advocates from out of town are always impressed with how well everyone complies with trail closures, stays off new trails until they’re open, doesn’t litter, and otherwise respects the trails and property.
Thank you! And please know that we’re always aiming for the minimum effective dosage of rules and try our best to avoid rules that aren’t necessary or don’t make any sense.