Live like a local: Adam Cornely’s guide to New Castle patios and trails
Adam Cornely isn’t one to sit back and wait on someone else to improve his town. Cornely, a mountain biking enthusiast, earned the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s 2016 Scudamore National Volunteer Leadership award for the organization’s Colorado/Wyoming region.
And as a New Castle resident, Cornely has landed in the right spot. His work to make the trails more family friendly complements the town’s existing hiking, biking, off roading and fishing options. With 13 parks, access to the Colorado River and a noteworthy trail system, New Castle is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Discover more at newcastlecolorado.org.
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“I would go to the New Castle Diner (820 Castle Valley Blvd. #101, newcastlediner.com) and get the huevos rancheros for breakfast, Elk Creek Mining Company (502 W. Main St., elkcreekmining.com) for the buffalo chicken sandwich and buffalo chips for lunch and 2 Coronas (201 W. Main St., facebook.com/dozcoronas) for some Carne Asada and a margarita on their awesome patio for dinner.”
Time to shop
“When I need some flowers or a small gift for my wife I go to An Exquisite Design (303 W. Main St., aflowerforyou.com).”
Cheers! Turn it up
“Groves Black Dog Saloon (219 W. Main St., thedognewcastle.com, pictured) gets some very good local music acts pretty frequently,” Cornely said. That’s not the only time he stops by the bar. “I love going for a mountain bike ride that ends at Groves Black Dog Saloon for a cold IPA on draft or 2 Coronas for a Pacifico on their patio.”
Where do you spend free time?
“With my two boys at the VIX Ranch bike pump tracks (627 N. Wild Horse Dr., newcastlecolorado.org) or building and planning new mountain bike trails in New Castle.”
“ (I love) hopping on my mountain, riding from my house and hitting single track trails out my front door. As a kid I always dreamed of building bike trails in my parent’s back yard. I don’t have any trails in my backyard, but I can sit on my front porch and look around at all of the great trails that I can access from my house without driving.
“An evening hike up Prendergast Hill or the Colorow trail to catch a New Castle sunset, or a hike along East Elk Creek on a hot summer day are some of my favorite things to do that are unique to New Castle.”