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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March 27, 2017
Trails 2000 is pleased to announce the upcoming project to create a town to sky stairway connect in Durango. Project Sky Steps will connect the town of Durango to the Fort Lewis College campus, home of the Skyhawks, by extending the Nature Trail steps. Once complete, the connect will include over 500 steps and gain over 250 feet in elevation, providing a wonderful walking route, commute to the college, and training stairway for runners and those looking for a workout.
Trails 2000 worked with the City of Durango and Fort Lewis College to organize the project. Several local organizations—including Russell Planning and Engineering, CrossFit Durango and CrossFit Catacombs—will volunteer with Trails 2000 to sponsor trailwork days. Work kicked off in April, and continues with various work days scheduled throughout April and May; the public is invited and encouraged to come out to volunteer at work days!
More dates to be announced, pending project progress.
*Time: 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. each day; please note: work on Saturday, May 20, takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by lunch (RSVP here for lunch)
Location: Meet at the 8th Avenue switchback of the Nature Trail. Parking is limited to the neighborhoods below the Nature Trail, specifically on the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street; parking is not permitted at the college or on 8th Ave.
What to wear/bring: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt, sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.
Questions? Please contact us. We look forward to seeing you at Project Sky Steps trailwork!
May 22, 2017
May 11, 2017
Please join Trails 2000 for a fun-filled, camping weekend to work on the Colorado Trail: June 23-25. We will work on Trails 2000’s adopted section of the Colorado Trail, sections 28.2 and 28.3 from Champion Venture to Junction Creek, totaling 19.1 miles and the longest adopted section in the state. Sign up is required via the form below; please sign up by May 30, 2017.
Crews will camp for two nights and a cook kitchen, all food, tools and instructions will be provided to volunteers, as well as a shuttle. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center on Friday, June 23, and shuttle to Junction Creek to Champion Venture (near where Kennebec meets the CT), and set up camp. Volunteers who wish to drive themselves may do so; however, you must still sign up for weekend at the form below.
Trails 2000 will provide dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. You can ride your bike out on Sunday (bikes can be taken on shuttle), or take the shuttle with us back down to the Rec Center, arriving back to town between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Please note: Volunteers must provide their own tent and sleeping bag.
The sign up is limited to 22 people and this project is not appropriate for small children. Please sign up via the form below by May 30, 2017. Thank you for joining us to give back on the Colorado Trail!
May 10, 2017
Due to inclement weather and on site trail conditions, Project Sky Steps is canceled for tonight. Please join us during upcoming work days in May to continue the work; dates/details here. Thank you!
May 4, 2017
Join Trails 2000 for a weekend work day on Project Sky Steps, set for Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Partnering with Fort Lewis College and the City of Durango, Trails 2000 invites volunteers to continue efforts to create a town to sky stairway connect from Durango to the FLC campus by extending the Nature Trail steps. Once complete, the connect will include over 500 steps and gain over 250 feet in elevation, providing a wonderful walking route, commute to the college, and training stairway for runners and those looking for a workout.
No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and lunch for the entire crew. Lunch is sponsored by Sodexo, the official dining services provider of Fort Lewis College. Please RSVP for lunch is closed, but please come to Trailwork!
When: Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by lunch; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Meet at the 8th Avenue switchback of the Nature Trail. Parking is limited to the neighborhoods below the Nature Trail, specifically on the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street; parking is not permitted at the college or on 8th Ave.
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and lunch.
Waiver must be signed at trailwork site; anyone under 18 must have parents sign waiver and bring to trailwork.
For more opportunities to volunteer, visit the Project Sky Steps blog. Trails 2000 will host public trailwork each Wednesday, as well as other announced days and times, throughout the trail season. Sign up for our FREE Trail Talk E-Newsletter in the upper right hand corner of our website for details and announcements.
Thank you for joining us to give back on Project Sky Steps!
April 27, 2017
Due to inclement weather and on site trail conditions, Project Sky Steps is canceled for tonight. Please join us next week to continue the work; upcoming dates/details here. Thank you!
April 7, 2017
Trails 2000 will soon celebrate with the Durango community during the Trails and Ales Party at Carver Brewing Company on Wednesday, April 26. The annual event has been hosted by Carvers (on Facebook) for many, many years; but, the Trails 2000-Carvers’ partnership goes back even further. Starting in the late 80s when Trails 2000 was first established as the region’s independent, nonprofit trail group, it was only a few months later that “Carvers” would start brewing beer to become “Carver Brewing,” the southwest’s original craft brew pub. Even back then, the young partnership came almost naturally, as like-minded individuals found sanctuary on Durango’s miles of trail and in Carver’s welcoming, nourishing restaurant and brewery; today, the duo remains.
While Carver’s supports trails year round, Trails and Ales is a prime example of Carvers’ support of Trails 2000, as they not only generously provide the outdoor patio venue for the event, but also offer a beer, wine or root beer, delicious spread of vegetarian or beef chili, and salad to any attendee who joins, renews, or gives a minimum of $20 to Trails 2000. This year, the first 40 attendees to donate also receive a Carver’s t-shirt or souvenir beer glass, as an added bonus. Unable to attend the event? Carvers is even offering a special gift to anyone who joins Trails 2000 during the month of April.
We just had to find out more about Carver’s motivation for supporting Trails 2000 and their sheer excitement for trails, so we sat down with Carver Brewing’s Owner Mike Hurst. Hurst is an avid trail supporter and user, whether he is out on the trails biking or hiking with family, friends and fellow trail fiends. Read on for more on why Carvers supports Trails 2000 and why you should too:
[Trails 2000] Hi Mike! Thanks for joining us. Tell us about the motivation/reasoning at Carver Brewing for supporting Trails 2000 and the trails in Durango.
[Mike Hurst] My favorite Trails 2000 quote says: “Great Communities Build Great Trails, and Great Trails Build Great Communities.”
[T2000] Hey! That’s one of our favorites, too. And, “Happy Trails,” of course. Ok, go on.
[Hurst] Well, at Carvers we see it first hand when an employee is all jazzed about his/her first time mountain biking down Star Wars, or when backpackers come in fresh off the Colorado Trail with giant smiles on their faces as they order a beer and one of our big, juicy burgers. Trails make people happy.
[T2000] They sure do. So does good food and great beer! Pair the three together, and boy, what a trio you’ve got. What do you think makes this combo work so well?
[Hurst] Since the beginning, the people that have made up Trails 2000 and Carvers have been like-minded neighbors and friends with a love for our great outdoors. Trails 2000’s founding Executive Director Bill Manning was one of our favorite regulars at Carvers. Still today, we get treated to regular visits by Trails 2000 staff and volunteers.
[T2000] Wow. That’s over 25 years of ‘friendship’ right there. In your opinion, how do Carvers’ values align with Trails 2000?
[Hurst] At Carvers, our mission is to have our guests feel welcome, “at home” and taken care of while with us and to leave refreshed in body and spirit. Getting out on the trail is a similar experience where you get to return home refreshed in body and spirit—only a bit dirtier and sometimes scraped up!
[T2000] Don’t we know it! Now on to the main event: the Trails and Ales Party, coming up on Wednesday, April 26! As the long-time host, what do you most look forward to at this year’s event?
[Hurst] That’s an easy one: getting together with friends and getting to buy them a beer!
[T2000] Cheers to that—It is always a great event and we are grateful for all Carvers does to make it possible! Now, tell us a bit about your use of the trails.
[Hurst] Man, there’s a ton of options! Taking the family for a hike through Dalla Mountain Park (with plenty of playing on the bouldering problems), pinning it up Telegraph on the XC bike, snowbiking through Hidden Valley (which makes for a scenic work commute too), high-country wildflower missions from Molas Pass to town on the CT…I just need to try horseback riding I suppose.
[T2000] Yes, sounds like it. Why do you personally support trails?
[Hurst] I’m a self-professed beer drinker with a cycling problem. Durango provides the perfect training ground for athletes (and beer drinkers). The caliber of runners, cyclists and other professional athletes that utilize these trails is world class—probably the best in the country. What’s even more motivating is seeing these same athletes out there working on trails and supporting Trails 2000.
[T2000] Absolutely. What do you most value about the trails?
[Hurst] The freedom you feel when the tires/shoes/boots/hooves hit the dirt. And you don’t even have to get in your vehicle to get there. You just walk out the door and there’s singletrack for miles and miles, beckoning you to leave your worries and distractions behind and simply enjoy the outdoors.
[T2000] Beautifully said, Mike. Tell us about your trailwork experience! Why is it important for you to give back on the trails?
[Hurst] I still have a goal of getting my chainsaw certification but until that happens, I’m relegated to infrequent trailing clearings and waterbar work. It can be easy to feel guilty when you leave work, family and all your “to-do’s” behind to get out on a trail. When you give back on the trails you at least don’t have to feel guilty for reaping the benefits of all that hard work done by trail crews and Trails 2000! That and who doesn’t love playing in the dirt?
[T2000] We sure do! What do trails mean to you?
[Hurst] Wilderness therapy has to be one of the healthiest, most effective ways to work through life’s challenges. Getting outdoors is a chance to hit the reset button. Trails offer the easiest access to this. All you need is a pair of shoes, really.
[T2000] And, what is your favorite trail and why?
[Hurst] Animas Mountain: whenever you’ve got a small window of free time you can hit Animas, get your heart rate up and before you know it you’ve topped out and the entire Animas Valley, Missionary Ridge, Needles and La Plata ranges have opened up before you. The downhill’s also quite a thrill.
[T2000] If you could offer advice to trail users or future generations, what would it be?
[Hurst] Don’t ever take trails for granted. Keep in mind they’re shared by diverse user groups. If we all work together to maintain and advocate for our trails they can be around for future generations. Oh, and try beer as a recovery drink—I recommend Saison for a post-trail treat (Carver’s handcrafted root beer is a good option for the kiddos and non-drinkers).
[T2000] Ok, now for our favorite part: the Trails 20000 speed round. Ready, set:
Pulaski or McLeod? [Hurst] Pulaski—great for getting through those roots!
Run, hike, bike or ride (or horses)? [Hurst] Biking, then running and hiking.
Tea or coffee (or beer!)? [Hurst] Coffee->Ride Bikes->Beer->(repeat)…
[T2000] Wow, thanks so much, Mike. Anything else you would like us to know about you, or specific to your support of Trails 2000?
[Hurst] I’ve always felt like this community and particularly, Carvers and Trails 2000, have taken me under their wing and taught me some major life lessons. Ever since the beginning the Carver brothers, Bill Manning, Trails 2000’s current Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown, and lots of Trails 2000 stakeholders like Ed and Patti Zink have shown the importance of finding common ground amongst different groups to work together and achieve a common goal—like building and maintaining trails. A town the size of Durango wouldn’t have its outdoor culture and amenities without people wearing multiple hats and giving back time and time again. It’s both humbling and inspiring. At Fort Lewis College’s Community Cycling celebration, Olympic Mountain Biker Todd Wells might’ve put it best: “The really cool thing about Durango is all of you make this seem normal.”
March 30, 2017
Join Trails 2000 for the 2017 Trailwork Kick Off Party, set for Saturday, April 22, on Ella Vita Trail. Hosted on the national recognition of Earth Day, come kick off the 2017 trail season with a fun work day full of exciting projects: help to re-route a section of the trail; install a bench cut alignment; replanting; and build and install a small bridge.
No experience is necessary! Trails 2000 will provide necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and lunch for the entire crew.
When: Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as your can. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Ella Vita Trail, meet at Ella Vita Trailhead off Ella Vita Court (by Manna Soup Kitchen). Click here for directions from Main Avenue in Durango. Please park at the end of the road and sign in at the Trails 2000 work truck (parked at the trailhead) for instructions.
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and lunch.
Waiver must be signed at trailwork site; anyone under 18 must have parents sign waiver and bring to trailwork.
Trails 2000 will host public trailwork each Wednesday, as well as other announced days and times, throughout the trail season. Sign up for our FREE Trail Talk E-Newsletter in the upper right hand corner of our website for details and announcements.
Thank you for joining us to give back to our trails!
Trails 2000 is pleased to invite all new and renewing members, donors, community members, and trail enthusiasts alike to the annual Trails and Ales Party on Wednesday, April 26, at Carver Brewing Company. Presented by local sponsor First National Bank, the event features a silent auction, chili and salad, and a beer, glass of wine or root beer from Carvers, along with Rocky Mountain chocolates, to anyone who joins, renews or gives to Trails 2000 at the event; the first 40 attendees to donate also receive a Carver’s t-shirt or souvenir beer glass. The brand new film, “Sharing Trails: Durango, Colorado,” will also be aired during the event; the film highlights Durango, Trails 2000 and the world-class trail system, produced by Coldstream Creative.
When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where: Carver Brewing Company, 1022 Main Ave, Durango
What: Come join, renew or donate to Trails 2000, and enjoy a beer, wine or root beer, delicious spread of vegetarian or beef chili, and salad from Carvers to any attendee who joins, renews, or gives a minimum of $20 to Trails 2000. Meet and mingle with trail enthusiasts and Trails 2000 members, staff and board. A silent auction will also be held, and viewing of the new film “Sharing Trails: Durango, Colorado.”
Information about Trails 2000’s Project Sky Steps will be available, which takes place during April and May to create a town to sky connect of the Nature Trail steps to Fort Lewis College. Trails 2000 also hosts volunteer trailwork each Wednesday and other scheduled days throughout the trail season.
Hope to see you there!
March 3, 2017
It is almost a no brainer when two of Durango’s favorites are paired together: Trails and beer. In Colorado, the trail-to-brew pub phenomenon is nothing new, but we think it is even more deserving of the spotlight in the Southwest, with over 300 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown Durango and six local breweries to choose from. One such popular watering hole is Ska Brewing (visit Ska on Facebook), long-time supporters of Trails 2000 and dedicated users of the trails our community hold so dear.
In partnership with Ska, Trails 2000 is pleased to launch our Trail Partnership Program for 2017. The program aims to help us reach our lofty goal to increase membership this spring. To celebrate the program kick off, Ska Brewing wants folks to join Trails 2000 and is even offering a special gift to anyone who joins during the month of March.
To find out more about Ska’s support of Trails 2000 and their sheer excitement for trails, we sat down with Ska Co-Founder and President, Dave Thibodeau, and “Barroom Hero” aka Sales Manager, Arlo Grammatica. According to Dave and Arlo, they are always on the trails—Dave rides, runs and drinks, alone—see below—where as Arlo is a devoted mountain biker, open to ride with whomever. (Note: Arlo was unable to provide photos of himself on the trails, so despite Dave’s primarily solo trail and drinking adventures, he takes the image gallery spotlight here). Read on for a glimpse of “Ska on the Trail:”
[Trails 2000] Hey Ska! Thanks for joining us today and of course, for offering a free beer to any one who joins Trails 2000 in March—we value and appreciate your continuous support of Trails 2000. Please tell us about Ska Brewing’s motivation for supporting Trails 2000 and the trails in Durango.
[Dave and Arlo] We support the trails in Durango for one main reason, we use them—they literally form the backbone of our wellness program at Ska. We regularly incorporate them into our work day. As we’ve grown, the amount of meetings that we have has also grown, and we’ll tell you that our “meetings” are a lot more productive when they take place on the trails. Trails 2000 is such a big part of our community—the different users, whether horse, hike, bike, or run, really rally around each other and pitch in. At Ska, we believe it’s our responsibility to support that which helps make our community a better place.
[T2000] Absolutely! What about you personally—why do you value and support trails?
[Dave/Arlo] We mountain bike on the trails many times a week and nothing starts a morning off better than a mountain bike ride. It keeps us fit and clear-headed in an industry where a cloudy head is not uncommon.
[T2000] Hey, no judgement here. We do think beer and trails have a long-standing connection, especially in Durango. What do you think makes this duo oh so sweet?
[Dave/Arlo] It’s all about balance, right? Time with friends. Exercise. Reward. Release. Of course, I (Dave) like to run the trails alone, and then drink beer alone—don’t be like me.
[T2000] Again, no judgement. Tell us about your use of the trails.
[Dave/Arlo] We’re both year-round trail users, and Trails 2000 does an amazing job making that possible, particularly keeping us updated on conditions and closings. Our distinct four seasons make that quite a challenge, and we couldn’t be more appreciative. In all honesty, it’s a big part of why we live here.
[T2000] That is true for you and so many others in Durango—of course the beer culture also deserves some of the credit for why we choose to live in Durango! Can you tell us about your trailwork experience—why is it important for you to give back on the trails?
[Dave/Arlo] As lame as it sounds, time is one of our scarcest resources, so we choose to support Trails 2000 and the other trail volunteers through donation of space at the brewery, money, beer, etc. That said, we do pay all of our employees to volunteer at area nonprofits a few days a year, and we know that trailwork is often on the request list.
[T2000] What a cool perk! What do trails mean to you?
[Dave/Arlo] The trails mean so much to us. It is a unique situation to live and work in a town with world-class trails minutes away. Most people have to drive hours to do what we can do out the front door.
[T2000] Don’t we know it! What do you most value about the trails?
[Dave/Arlo] Accessibility and variety.
[T2000] What is your favorite trail and why?
[Dave/Arlo] Hard to choose, but our lunch loop and most frequent “meeting” spot is Sale Barn>Big Canyon.
[T2000] Great choice! If you could offer advice to trail users or future generations, what would it be?
[Dave/Arlo] Protect, respect, conserve, enjoy, have a beer at the end.
[T2000] Cheers to that! Now for our favorite part: The Trails 2000 speed round. Ready, set:
Pulaski or McLeod? [Dave/Arlo] Gotta go with the Pulaski, such an important tool that Ed Pulaski’s original is actually part of the Smithsonian collection.
Run, hike, bike or ride (horses)? [Dave/Arlo] Tie, run=bike.
Tea or coffee (or beer!)? [Dave/Arlo] Tough one…NOT. Beer.
[T2000] Coulda called that one! Thanks so much Dave and Arlo, and the entire Ska crew, for all you do to support our organization and the trails in Durango. Anything else you would like us to know before we go?
[Dave/Arlo] We are so proud of a community that puts outdoor activities in the forefront. I (Arlo) am open to ride with anyone—Dave’s rides alone.
Be like Ska – Join Trails 2000 today. Cheers!
February 23, 2017
Trails 2000 is pleased to announce the joining of Steve Schwartz as treasurer on the board of directors. Steve is a long-time Durango resident and currently works as vice president for Finance and Administration at Fort Lewis College (FLC), where he has been employed for 20 years. When he’s not hard at work for FLC, he can be found exploring the trails in and around Durango – be it hiking, mountain biking or snowshoeing.
Steve currently serves on the board with Daryl Crites, board president; John Baxter, board secretary; and Melissa Youssef; along with Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown to assist with the strategic vision and goals of Trails 2000.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Steve and hear about his experiences, passion for our trails and organization, and excitement in joining our Board of Directors. Read on:
[Trails 2000] Steve! Thank you for sitting down with us today. Please tell us a little about yourself.
[Steve Schwartz] I was born in the Chicago suburb of Elgin, Illinois, and while I spent the greater part of my young adult life in Chicago, I eventually moved to the whitewater mecca of western North Carolina, where I discovered mountain biking and rock climbing. A few years later, a mountain biking adventure to Moab presented itself, including some time in Durango, where I visited – and became determined to attend – Fort Lewis College. While attending Fort Lewis, I became equally determined to make Durango my home. After graduating, I left Durango to pursue additional education; fast forward five years, and I was back at the Fort as an employee, where I have remained for the last 20 years.
[T2000] That is quite the adventure to calling home Durango. Please tell us more about your role at Fort Lewis and other professional interests?
[Schwartz] I’ve held a number of positions at Fort Lewis College, including director of Institutional Research, budget director, and for the last 15 years, vice president for Finance and Administration. Other professional interest include involvement in community and statewide boards and advisory groups, primarily focused on the areas of education and/or finance.
[T2000] Well, let us be the first to say: Welcome to the Trails 2000 Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have you! Please share with us your reasoning/motivation for joining Trails 2000.
[Schwartz] It is my desire to be part of an organization that caters to the entire community, and I value and admire what Trails 2000 does in promoting access, trail etiquette and safety. The trails in and around Durango are an irreplaceable asset to our community and region, as they afford us entry into the spectacular beauty that is Durango, whether in town or in the high country. As the organization that plans, builds, and maintains these connections, Trails 2000 ensures access for all of us who value a healthy lifestyle.
[T2000] Absolutely! And, what do you most look forward to as treasurer of Trails 2000 board?
[Schwartz] As the treasurer of the board, I strive to both help maintain and strengthen the financial viability of the organization. I also hope to help in expanding the trail network and increasing connectivity.
[T2000] Please tell us about your use of the trails.
[Schwartz] I love being out on our trails! Whether hiking, mountain biking or snowshoeing, whether alone or with a group, the trails are where I go to recreate.
[T2000] Good answer! What do you value most about trails.
[Schwartz] Too often, we take for granted the remarkable trails we have in and around Durango, and fail to recognize how truly fortunate we are to have such a community and regional benefit. It takes vision, immense effort, and dedication to plan, build and maintain our trail network. My hope is to help educate people regarding this asset and, thereby, grow our trail users and advocates.
[T2000] Can you tell us about your trailwork experience?
[Schwartz] My trail work experience includes maintenance tasks on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina many years ago. My involvement in that work gave me a great appreciation for the efforts of the dedicated Trails 2000 volunteers.
[T2000] That is great; we do have a stellar group of volunteers at Trails 2000, and are always looking for more! Ok, time for a tough question. What is your favorite trail and why?
[Schwartz] It’s very difficult to pick a favorite trail, as there are so many from which to choose. Perhaps it would be best to say that my favorite trail is the last one I experienced. That said, I always enjoy Log Chutes, as it contains a little bit of everything!
[T2000] Absolutely. If you could offer advice to future generations of trail users, what would it be?
[Schwartz] Enjoy the trails, be respectful, and try to always remember how fortunate we all are to live in this special place and have the means to access it.
[T2000] Thanks Steve, that is very well said. Ok, now for a quick speed round—ready, set:
Tea or coffee? [Schwartz] Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.
[T2000] Thank you, Steve! We really appreciate you taking the time and helping us to get to know you and hear about your experiences. We are thrilled to have you. Happy Trails!
February 17, 2017
Trails 2000 is gearing up for an exciting 2017 trail season, and Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown is pleased to introduce Emma Millar as the trail crew lead. With over ten years of professional trail building experience—from owning a private business to working with the US Forest Service—Emma brings a stellar skill set and addictive enthusiasm to our organization and is already committed to our mission to plan, build and maintain trails, educate users and encourage connectivity on road, path and trail.
With Emma now a member of the team, we couldn’t wait to sit down with her and learn what she is most excited about as the trail crew lead. And boy, is she ever excited! In her first month, Emma has already been hot on the trail—cruising down favorite trails with nostalgia for her college days at Fort Lewis College, trekking on new trails to take in cool features like grade dips and curvilinear design (like a true trail nerd!), and of course, gearing up for upcoming Trails 2000 events such as the Open House and Trail Reporter Program Training, both held March 1 at Ska Brewing. Once we finally tracked her down (on Star Wars, of course), here is what she had to tell us about her trail expertise and passion for working with volunteers and the community on Durango’s trails. Read on:
[Trails 2000] Emma! Welcome to the team. We are thrilled to have you as trail crew lead. Tell us a little about yourself.
[Emma Millar] Well, I’m originally from Sandpoint, Idaho, and first moved to Durango in 2007 to attend Fort Lewis College (it was really to ride bikes though). I visited a few colleges, but Durango really stuck out because of the easy access to awesome trails—I could ride world-class trails from my dorm room! For a kid without a car, that was pretty vital. After college, I moved to Vermont for a few years, but now I’m back living in Mancos.
[T2000] Aren’t we lucky in Durango, with over 300 miles of trails in our backyard! So you’ve always been drawn to trails—tell us about your professional trail career thus far.
[Millar] I started working on trails while I was in high school; my mom’s best friend was a forester and helped to get me a job with the Forest Service. Little did they know I was going to turn trailwork into a career! I continued working for the Forest Service in Bayfield while I attended Fort Lewis, and after college, I moved to Vermont, where I became a partner in a private trail design and construction company. Even though I loved the work, I needed to move closer to the desert and the mountains. Last summer, I left the Northeast and came back to Colorado.
[T2000] Welcome home! What was your motivation for joining Trails 2000? What do you hope to bring to your role?
[Millar] Well, I am absolutely thrilled to be here! I wanted to work with Trails 2000 for entirely selfish reasons—I love trailwork and I love working with volunteers. I wanted to be a part of such a forward-thinking organization. The mission also reflects my values; building and maintaining trails, and education are all important to me, but the connectivity part is what really resonated. I think the most important goal of trailwork is connecting people to the landscape and to each other.
[T2000] That is spot on in our book. So, what do you most look forward to with Trails 2000, and what do you hope to contribute to the trails in Durango?
[Millar] I’m so excited to start working on the trails! I hope to bring a bunch of enthusiasm to volunteer days and to inspire everyone to get out on the trails and to become trail stewards in addition to trail users. I want all trail users to feel like Trails 2000 is there for them and is listening to their concerns. So don’t hesitate to contact me and tell me what you want!
[T2000] Got trail ideas? Send ’em to Emma@Trails2000.org or come meet her at our Open House! Emma, can you tell us about your personal use of the trails?
[Millar] Mostly I hike and mountain bike. Honestly though, when I get on a new trail, I spend most of my time checking out design and construction techniques. It’s very distracting and you definitely should avoid hiking or riding behind me.
[T2000] Noted! What do you most value about the trails?
[Millar] Trails mean a lot to me—I’ve built my whole career on the power of trails to connect people to the landscape and to each other. There’s an understanding in trail design and construction that if we do our jobs right, the trail user will never even notice. Few people will really see a crib wall, or a grade dip, or notice the nice curvilinear design, and I love seeing people walk or ride right over my work without even realizing that any work was involved.
[T2000] That is a beautiful thing–yet so much works does go into it, thanks to people like you and our amazing Trails 2000 volunteers! Ok, we have to know: What is your favorite trail and why?
[Millar] I’m not sure I have a favorite trail; it’s like picking your favorite kid! I’ve built a lot of trails of which I’m very proud. My go-to after-work trail would probably be Star Wars. I’m a downhiller at heart, but I’m also pretty wimpy now, so Star Wars is great for making me feel super cool and fast, without being actually scary. However, it’s been about five years since I lived in Durango, and there are a lot of new trails, so I’ve got some riding to do!
[T2000] Yes you do! But before then, if you could offer advice to future generations of trail users, what would it be?
[Millar] My advice would be to just calm down, take a deep breath, and realize that no matter how you may feel about it, more people on trails is actually a good thing. Lots of studies show that besides the obvious health benefits of exercise and being outside, positive experiences on trails lead to more people actively protecting trails and access. And that is definitely good.
[T2000] It definitely is! We love that mentality. Ok, so now it is time for our favorite part. The Trails 2000 Speed round—ready, set:
Pulaski or McLeod? [Millar] Oh, man! I used to be such a Pulaski girl, but I’ve probably used a McLeod more in the last few years. My favorite tool is the right one for the job.
Run, hike, bike or ride (horses)? [Millar] Bike and hike.
Tea or coffee? [Millar] I love everything about coffee except the part where it makes me all weird. So I drink tea.
[T2000] Thanks Emma! It was so great to catch up with you. We know you’ve been busy getting ready for what we think is going to be an inspiring trail season. Before we go, anything else you would like us to know?
[Millar] Thank you! I’m stoked and grateful to be here, and I really do want to hear from trail users. Let me know what’s going on, and come introduce yourself at the Open House at Ska Brewing on March 1 and consider joining our Trail Reporter Program.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!
February 10, 2017
Trails 2000 is pleased to invite trail enthusiasts to an Open House at Ska Brewing on Wednesday, March 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Come meet our team, along with our new Trail Crew Lead Emma Millar, and TrailKids Educator Ziggy Lanman. Share your trail ideas and learn about our new easy to use mobile software to provide trail updates as we train for the new Trail Reporter program. Please note: A brief training will take place at 5:00 p.m. right before the open house for Trail Reporters interested in joining the program.
Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Trail Reporter Training, 5:00 p.m.
Ska Brewing World Headquarters, 225 Girard St.
As part of their continued support of the local trails and community, Ska Brewing will graciously donate $1 of every beer purchased to Trails 2000 at the event.
View the event poster here.
Preceding the open house, a brief informational and training session will be held at 5:00 p.m., where Emma will train you on our newly developed mobile app. The easy to use software can be accessed from your phone, you simply state where you are, what trail and if the trail conditions are good, fair or poor and add a photo. We’ll update the Trail Conditions report with details from our Trail Reporters. It’s that simple! Learn more about the Trail Reporters program here.
February 9, 2017
Are you interested in a unique opportunity to join a leading nonprofit organization in the outdoor industry? Do you want to make a significant positive impact on the community? Are you passionate about the outdoors?
Durango Trails 2000 — local nonprofit trails organization in Durango, Colorado — is hiring for a part-time Trails Intern. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and have experience in trail maintenance and construction. Working with and reporting to the Trail Crew Lead, the right person will also have a keen understanding of the importance of interacting with volunteers, the public, and land managers and their role as an ambassador on and off the trail.
This rigorous, paid, 15 week, career-building internship offers an outstanding opportunity to learn from professionals in the field, develop skills, and gain networking contacts—all while living and working in and around Durango. Interns will receive trail construction and maintenance training, gain supervisory experience, and build network relationships that they will use for the rest of their careers. During their 15 weeks, the intern will learn the methods used by natural resource professionals and community planners.
For full job description, click here.
The application is now closed. Thank you.
Trails 2000 is pleased to announce – new for 2017 – the Trail Reporter program: A unique opportunity for anyone who frequents trails in and around Durango and wants to help provide input on those trails closest to their backyard or that they frequent daily. To kick off the program, Trails 2000 will host a brief informational and training session on March 1 at 5:00 p.m. at Ska Brewing, right before the Open House from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. We’ve developed an easy to use mobile app that takes 10 seconds to fill out and allows you to add a photo to show the trail conditions.
What? The Trails 2000 Trail Reporter program provides on-the-ground, real time updates for current trail conditions. Trails 2000 has created a mobile-friendly website app available to the trained Trail Reporters to provide immediate trail updates. We’ll aggregate all of the updates for our Trail Condition Report and share the information and photos from Trail Reporters to update trail users.
Who? YOU! If you regularly walk, run, hike, bike, or ride horses on trails in the Durango area, we want YOU to fill out the simple, online mobile form – training will be provided – to send us your trail conditions, updates and photos. It’s that easy!
Are there prizes? Of course! Come to the training on March 1 to learn more.
How? Please attend the training on March 1, 5:00 p.m., at Ska Brewing, and stay after for an Open House event.
Questions? Contact Trails 2000 Trail Crew Leader, Emma Millar, please email Emma@Trails2000.org or by calling 970-259-4682, to learn more about how to get involved.
We Want You!
February 1, 2017
Trails 2000 has teamed up with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) to offer an exciting training program for trail crew leadership in Durango, April 29 and 30, 2017. The two-day Trail Crew Leader Training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management and is open to all levels of trail experience, from beginner to long-time volunteer. The training program is taught by long-time VOC instructors, Steve and Patch, who bring many years experience in sustainable trail design and crew leadership.
Upon competition of the program, Trails 2000 will hire interested and qualified crew leaders for the 2017 season to assist the organization during public trailwork days.
Reserve your spot by Friday, April 7, 2017; space is limited and class fills up quickly.
Register Here: Complete the form below. More information will be emailed to attendees following registration.
January 5, 2017
The Winter Trails condition report is updated, please send additional local winter trail updates, especially as you notice changing trail conditions – from snow-packed, mud, ice and other useful information – that assists all trail users. Running, hiking, nordic and fat biking trails are listed on the report. Email us at Info@Trails2000.org, and/or post on the Trails 2000 Facebook or Twitter with your trail information.
November 28, 2016
Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork on Sunday, December 4, at Peter Carver Memorial Forest. Please be sure to dress in preparation for mud and chilly weather, and bring water and work gloves. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
When: Sunday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where/Directions: Peter Carver Memorial Forest, meet at Fort Lewis College Stadium parking lot at top of the rope tow (off of Rim Drive).
What to wear: Volunteers should wear warm clothing such as long pants, long sleeved shirt, hat and closed toe shoes, and bring water and work gloves.
Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork throughout the trail season. Sign up for our FREE Trail Talk E-Newsletter in the upper right hand corner of our website for details and announcements.
Thank you for joining us to give back!
November 18, 2016
The application for Durango Trail Crew Lead is now closed.
Are you interested in a unique opportunity to join a leading nonprofit organization in the outdoor industry? Do you want to live in a mountain town community, while making a significant positive impact on the community? Are you passionate about the outdoors? Do you wish you could combine your passion for the outdoors and with your career?
Durango Trails 2000 — local nonprofit trail organization in Durango, Colorado — is hiring for a full-time Trail Crew Lead. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with expertise in the design, maintenance and development of system trails, including a knowledge of sustainable trail construction, group facilitation expertise, and strong project management skills. Working with and reporting to the Executive Director, the right person will also have a keen understanding of the importance of interacting with volunteers, the public and land managers and their role as an ambassador on and off the trail. Opportunities for professional development related to the job are available.
For full job description, click here.
The application for Durango Trail Crew Lead is now closed. No phone calls or mail please.
November 17, 2016
So many of us – whether locals or visitors; recreation-ists or commuters; mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and more – use the trails. So why not give where you live and play? Trails 2000 invites Coloradans and all outdoor enthusiasts to support our efforts to plan, build and maintain the over 300 miles of trails in Durango, Colorado by donating to your local nonprofit trail organization on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, 2016.
Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website. Visit Trails 2000’s CO Gives profile, to make your safe and secure donation in a few easy steps.
Donations can now be made online by visiting ColoradoGives.org and searching for Trails 2000 (www.coloradogives.org/trails2000). Once on our profile, simply click the “Donate” button. Add your donation amount and press the “CO Gives Day” button to schedule it. Complete the other fields and click “add to cart.” Continue checking out by logging in or creating a donor account, entering your payment information, and then submit. Scheduled donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 6.
Gifts to Trails 2000 will also help the organization secure a portion of the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Community First Foundation and FirstBank each contributed $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated. For example, if Trails 2000 receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, the nonprofit also receives 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.
Community First Foundation, a leading foundation dedicated to fueling the power of community to drive positive change, and FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, have partnered to present Colorado Gives Day for the past seven years. By making fundraising simple for nonprofits and giving easy for donors, Colorado Gives Day is one the most successful events of its kind in the nation. Last year, $28.5 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits in just 24 hours. Since its inception in 2010, $111 million has been donated on Colorado Gives Day.
For more information: Sign up for our free E-Newsletter in the upper right hand corner of this page, and “Like” us on Facebook. For more information about Colorado Gives Day, please visit ColoradoGivesDay.org.
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