Based in Durango, Colorado, Trails 2000 is a
501c3 organization that builds and maintains trails; educates trail users and encourages
connectivity on road, path and trail.
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April 9, 2015
“Share the Trails” is not a new idea. In the book about global leadership, All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, author Robert Fulghum ranks sharing first as a basic skill for life.
In our version here of Fulghum’s book, All I Really Needed to Know “About Trails” I Learned in Kindergarten, we take a cue from kindergartners everywhere – let’s all embrace a spirit of sharing when we’re on the trail, keep up the good work in Durango, and Share the Trails:
When you’re on a trail and you encounter another trail user, say “Hi!” When you’re on the trail and you see other people, respect their safety. When appropriate, move over and wave them through.
If you see a horse, stop about 100 feet away and announce yourself. If you’re on a mountain bike and are going downhill, yield to the uphill rider. They’re working harder than you are. If you see a hiker, slow down. Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming: A friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Anticipate other trail users as you approach blind corners. Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
Put things back where you found them.
The trail you’re on is public. Respect that, and stay on the trail. Leave no trace. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks.
Clean up your own mess.
If you see trash or create trash, please pick it up and carry it out, even if it’s not yours. Be sure to pack out as much, if not more, as you pack in. Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding – and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: Keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Live a balanced life.
Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Try a new trail, hike where you normally mountain bike. If you haven’t given back by joining your local group or volunteering, now is the time to help out.
Last season, Trails 2000 launched the Durango Shares the Trails campaign to celebrate our communities’ attitude of positive interaction and trail stewardship on the trail. The campaign continues with this idea to create a connection between all community members and visitors through the outdoors and remind these users they have a lot in common with one another.
Trails 2000 incorporates the shares the trails mantra into tool talks at trailwork throughout the season to continue our mission to educate trail users and encourage connectivity on road, path and trail. We also aim to instill an eagerness among users who meet on the trail to initiate discussions of the Durango Shares the Trails mentality.
Why Durango Shares the Trails
With over 300 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown, Durango is a mecca for a multitude of activity styles, skill levels, and user types, including mountain bikers, hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, and more. This diversity of interests helps provide tolerance for all users on the trail and a hope to find our common ground, embrace it and respect it.
According to Mary Monroe Brown, executive director of Trails 2000, “With all the great access to trails right from town, interactions on the trail are positive. Durango knows how to share the trails, and we want to pass on this positive message and keep this great thing going. Our program celebrates our connection and reminds people how much we appreciate their attitudes on the trail.”
Common ground may allude to trails we all enjoy, but it also relates to values that we share and concerns that we have in common. Respect is how we carry that knowledge forward and put it to use in our interactions at the trailhead and on the trail.
So put all these lessons to good use, and come celebrate our common ground. And remember: When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Happy Trails!
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