Jim Ostrem and his wife bought a house in Rico in January, 2011 and love having a place to escape to when it starts getting hot in Tucson. He has spent summers in the Dolores river valley since high school when his parents bought 40 acres near Priest Gulch. He is more of a road biker than a mountain biker, but is trying to develop his bike handling skills and is getting more comfortable on some of the awesome single-track around Rico. One of Jim’s favorite trails is hiking up Deadwood gulch into the basin between Dolores Mountain, Whitecap and Blackhawk. Other than that, he spends a lot of time in the garden trying to fit what he can into Rico’s incredibly short growing season (73 frost free days in 2020). Jim would like to see more trails developed for beginner/intermediate cyclists and is a strong advocate of developing trails like the RGS grade south of Rico for less experienced riders that find the steep and rocky grades in this area too difficult and intimidating.