There has never been much in the way of hiking or bike riding trails, as least as far as I know, here in the Midland/Odessa area. It's not entirely our fault though, this area just isn't conducive to the kind of environment you normally find nature trails in.  However, we make due and we always find a way.

For those of you who've been looking for a place to ride that shiny new bike you bought during quarantine and haven't got much use out of it since, or the avid, experienced bike rider, there's a place no more than 10 minutes away just for you.

The Permian Bicycle Association and West Texas Trail Alliance want to invite the public out this Saturday, April 10th, to 3215 Farm to Market 307, Midland, TX 79706, the location of the Midland Trail Park Grand Opening.

There's going to be some instruction on things like bike prep and a maintenance clinic, a bike gear clinic, some lunch and a few speakers are also on the docket for the event.  You'll have a chance to participate in a ride as well.  There will be a medium pace group ride of the trail, women's group ride, a beginner group ride and a family group ride on the green trail.  The park also includes things like a hiking trail as well as a trail running area.  You'll find disc golf and a skills park with all skill level trails available.

During the event make sure you sign up for the mountain bike raffle, bike clinics, door prizes and of course no summer Saturday afternoon outside would be complete without burgers and hotdogs.

The park officials have announced that there is not an entrance fee and if someone decides they like the park they are welcome to join the PBBA for just $30 a year or $35 a year for the entire family.  The fee will give the person or persons (family) available access to the park and the Odessa Mountain bike park and helps with the cost of the continuous maintenance and other costs of upkeep for the facility.  The city was generous enough to donate the land in this public-private partnership.

Midland Trail Park is located near Harris Field Fire Training Facility, which resides on Farm-to-Market Road 307

Permian Basin Bike Association and West Texas Alliance will have grand opening for Midland Trail Park from 10am - 2pm, April 30th.