Trails 2000

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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Trail Work
Trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails, August 16 & 23

August 4, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails on 
Wednesdays, August 16 and 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Crews should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead, off 8th Avenue and 3rd Street in Durango, from where they will hike or bike to the work site. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Trails 2000 Trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails

When: Wednesdays, August 16 (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook) & August 23 (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook), 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as your can.
Where/DirectionsHorse Gulch Trails, meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead; from Main Avenue in Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue and turn right. Take a left at 3rd Street (by Horse Gulch Health Campus, before the Sonic) and park in the Trailhead parking lot where you will sign in at the work truck for details and directions.
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 snacks.

Happy Trails Festival is September 16

July 19, 2017

Happy Trails Festival to celebrate happy town and trails on September 16

Trails 2000 is pleased to host the second annual Happy Trails Festival on Saturday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Buckley Park to celebrate a happy community full of happy trails. Special thanks to title sponsors, Zia Taqueria and Ska Brewing, and presenting sponsors, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Fort Lewis College, the fun-packed day features a line up of live music, a beer garden with local brews, a variety of food and kid friendly activities for the whole family. New this year, Todd’s Durango Dirt Fondo mountain bike ride will take place in conjunction with the festival, featuring 15 and 50 mile loops that begin and end at Buckley Park; proceeds from the ride benefit Trails 2000, and registration is now open. Other outdoor activities include a Durango Double training run that will also depart from Buckley Park, led by Durango Running Club and Durango Running Company.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online! Kids 16 and under are free.

Coined after a favorite tagline—Happy Trails!—of local nonprofit organization Trails 2000, the fall festival is a benefit for the group itself, which dedicates their mission to the planning, building, and maintaining of Durango’s trail network; educating trail users; and encouraging connectivity on road, path and trail. Durango boasts over 300 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown, making it a state and national trail destination for all user groups—whether hiker, biker, dog walker, trail runner, equestrian rider and more.

Trails 2000 also invites community organizations and nonprofits to participate by setting up a free informational booth at the Happy Trails Festival. If interested, organizations should email us.

A partnership worth celebrating

Building great trails requires a great community, and great partnerships between land agencies, community organizations, and the public are imperative. This connection resonates in Durango and entices celebrating the legacy of so many individuals and entities that have helped make the Durango brand one worth preserving.

Since 1989, Trails 2000’s key trail partners include the City of Durango, La Plata County, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service, and private landowners. Trails 2000 relies on it cadre of volunteers to help build and maintain trails in and around Durango. Each year, Trails 2000 volunteers contribute over 4,000 hours of trailwork—totaling more than 165 days.

Trail Work
Trailwork on Dry Fork, August 9

July 31, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to trailwork on the Dry Fork Trail on 
Wednesday, August 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Crews should meet at the Dry Fork trailhead, located west of Durango off Highway 160 and Lightner Creek Road. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Trails 2000 Trailwork at Dry Fork Trail

When: Wednesday, August 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook); please come for as much or as little time as your can.
Where/Directions: Dry Fork Trail; from Durango, take Highway 160 west. Turn right on Lightner Creek Road and follow Dry Fork Road onto the dirt where obvious Department of Wildlife signs are present. Take one more right at the split toward Silver Mountain Ranch and a final left at the split away from Silver Mountain Ranch. Park at the Dry Fork trailhead parking area and sign in at the work truck for details and directions.
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 snacks.

Trail Work
Canceled: Trailwork on Dry Fork, August 2

July 26, 2017

Trailwork tonight is CANCELED due to rain. We hope to see you next week!

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to trailwork on the Dry Fork Trail on 
Wednesday, August 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Crews should meet at the Dry Fork trailhead, located west of Durango off Highway 160 and Lightner Creek Road. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Trails 2000 Trailwork at Dry Fork Trail

When: Wednesday, August 2, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook); please come for as much or as little time as your can.
Where/Directions: Dry Fork Trail; from Durango, take Highway 160 west. Turn right on Lightner Creek Road and follow Dry Fork Road onto the dirt where obvious Department of Wildlife signs are present. Take one more right at the split toward Silver Mountain Ranch and a final left at the split away from Silver Mountain Ranch. Park at the Dry Fork trailhead parking area and sign in at the work truck for details and directions.
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 snacks.

Happy Trails Festival Vendor Sign Up

July 14, 2017

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Happy Trails Festival on Saturday, September 16, 11am-5pm, at Buckley Park. Event set up for vendors will take place from 10-11am, and take down from 4-5pm; participation is free for all vendors.

Please complete the vendor sign up below, and we will contact you via email with more information. If you have questions, please email us. Thank you; we appreciate the community partnership and your support to make this event possible!

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Partnering to Create a New Trail

June 22, 2017

Photo courtesy of Sean Larmore.

Trails 2000 is always planning to the future, an element of our annual strategic planning to provide our community with a world-class trail network. As we continue to look outward, Trails 2000 has short term and long term goals. When we look at trails and connectivity on federal lands, we are required to engage in some degree of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act). Trails 2000 is fortunate to partner with ERO Resources Corporation on the cultural assessment of a new trail we’ve been planning and developing for the past three years. Trails 2000 hired ERO to work on the environmental planning to help expedite the generally long process of analysis that takes place when working with federal land managers on new trail proposals.

“How does a trail become a trail?” you might ask…In general, the process can take anywhere from 2-5 years to complete and requires involvement from various land managers and stakeholders. From idea development and research, to proposal and review, and finally approval and building, it is no small undertaking. Trails 2000 relies on our long held partnerships to engage with us in completing the many trail projects we have on tap and are particularly grateful for the incredible dedication of ERO Resources to our community and our trails. Please read more from Sean Larmore, cultural resources manager and principal of ERO:

[Trails 2000] Please tell us about ERO environmental consulting firm.
[Sean Larmore] We are a 60 person firm based in Denver with a satellite office in Durango, providing environmental impact assessments and cultural and natural resources compliance. We specialize in water infrastructure, electrical transmission, and transportation-related projects, among other sectors.

ERO conducts past cultural resource survey. Photo courtesy of Sean Larmore.

[T2000] Tell us about your reasoning/motivation for partnering with Trails 2000 on the new trail project.
[Larmore] It’s a great community based initiative and since most of us ride bikes, it’s a natural fit.

[T2000] What do you most look forward to in our trail partnership?
[Larmore] Seeing the project to completion and being able to enjoy the new trails.

[T2000] How do ERO’s expertise and values align with Trails 2000?
[Larmore] We’re in the environmental consulting business because we believe in sustainability; if an environmental nonprofit needs support, we’re happy to assist.

[T2000] Please tell us about your use of the trails.
[Larmore] Most of our staff run, hike and bike whenever we get the chance.

[T2000] Tell us about your trailwork experience!
[Larmore] We’ve done trailwork support in the past, including surveying many of the trails in the Weminuche for cultural resources prior to rehabilitation work (for the San Juan National Forest).

ERO conducts past cultural resource survey. Photo courtesy of Sean Larmore.

[T2000] What do trails mean to you? [Larmore] Two words, community value.
[T2000] What do you most value about the trails? [Larmore] A convenient way to get outside for a quick fix.
[T2000] What is your favorite trail and why? [Larmore] I’ve always enjoyed the Colorado Trail along Indian Ridge in the La Platas.

[T2000] Great answers! Ok, now it is time for our favorite part: The Trails 2000 speed round:
Pulaski or McLeod? [Larmore] Pulaski since I used them during wildland fire work.
Run, hike, bike or ride (horses)? [Larmore] Hike.
Tea or coffee? [Larmore] Coffee.

Thanks Sean and ERO; we appreciate your time and look forward to working with ERO to make last impacts in our community!

Project Sky Steps Grand Opening, June 27

June 16, 2017

Photo: Grady James.

Town to sky stairway opens on Nature Trail, connecting Durango to Fort Lewis College

You’re invited to join Trails 2000 for the official grand opening of Project Sky Steps on Tuesday, June 27, at 5:00 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook). Partnering with the City of Durango and Fort Lewis College, Trails 2000 and its cadre of volunteers completed the stairway, which creates a town connect from Durango to the Fort Lewis College campus, home of the Skyhawks. The stairway extends the Nature Trail steps and now includes over 500 steps and gains over 250 feet in elevation.

Attendees of the grand opening should arrive promptly at 5:00 p.m. at the bottom of the Nature Trail for an official ribbon cutting, followed by a hike up the stairs, surprise entertainment along the way, and finish at the top with snacks and cold beverages, courtesy of Trails 2000.

“We are excited to officially open the Sky Steps which provide access to a wonderful walking route, commute to the college, and training stairway right in town,” said Mary Monroe Brown, executive director of Trails 2000. “Providing connections around town are essential for a thriving community, and the vision of Trails 2000’s Sky Steps creates this necessary and wonderful link in Durango.”

The project officially kicked off in April 2017 and was built entirely by Trails 2000 volunteers and crews. Several local organizations and businesses volunteered with Trails 2000 to sponsor trailwork days.

According to Trails 2000 Trail Crew Lead Emma Millar, “We are so thankful for the fantastic support from the community and our local partners, in particular the City and Fort Lewis College. Their help was imperative to the success of the project, and it was great to work together to complete the project: a true community effort.”

Durango’s Sky Steps are amongst various urban stairs that have been long recognized as fitness and tourist destinations, including the Manitou Incline near Colorado Springs, known as one of the most popular and challenging hikes in the area, and the iconic Santa Monica Stairs in Los Angeles.

Join us for the Grand Opening of Sky Steps!

Trail Work
Trailwork on Twin Buttes, June 14

June 5, 2017

Join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Twin Buttes Trails on Wednesday, June 14, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Crews are asked to meet at the Twin Buttes parking area behind the Giant gas station off Highway 160, from which they will hike or bike to various work sites to perform trail maintenance. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

dove_Trailwork_bannerTrails 2000 Twin Buttes Trailwork

When: Wednesday, June 14, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook); please come for as much or as little time as your can.
Where/Directions: Twin Buttes Trails; meet at the Twin Buttes parking area behind the Giant gas station off Highway 160. From Durango, go west on Highway 160. At 0.4 miles past Wildcat Canyon Road, you’ll see a dirt parking lot behind the Giant gas station on the North side of the road. Park here and sign in at the work truck for details and directions.
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 snacks. Waiver must be signed at trailwork site; anyone under 18 must have parents sign waiver and bring to trailwork.

Trails 2000 hosts 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!

Welcome Christina Rinderle to Board of Directors

June 2, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to announce Christina Rinderle has joined the Trails 2000 board of directors. Christina is a long-time Durango resident and most recently served eight years on the City Council and two terms as mayor. Currently, she wears many hats, including co-owner of Durango Land and Homes Real Estate Brokerage, investor in La Plata Economic Development Alliance, among other roles. When she’s not hard at work making a difference in our community, she can be found exploring the trails in Horse Gulch – be it running, biking or hiking – and elsewhere across the Southwest.

Christina currently serves on the board with Daryl Crites, John Baxter and Steve Schwartz, 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 Christina and hear about her experiences, passion for our trails, the organization and Durango, and her excitement in joining the Trails 2000 Board of Directors. Read on:

Horse Gulch.

[Trails 2000] Thanks for sitting down with us today, Christina! Tell us a little about yourself.
​[Christina Rinderle] Thank you for having me! I grew up in Indiana, but always had a love for the west. I first visited Durango in the summer of 1998 ​with a group of friends and this town, the people, and the trails captured my heart. A year later I was able to call Durango home and have loved the experiences and adventures along the way.

[T2000] Wonderful! Tell us about your professional interests, including your time on the City Council, and other professional interests?
[Rinderle] ​​Serving on City Council, coupled with two terms as mayor, has been my biggest honor. I first took office during the recession, and we were able to leverage our dedicated parks, open space, and trails sales tax to acquire ​additional land parcels, allowing for enhanced trail connectivity for our enjoyment now and for future generations. As the co-owner of Durango Land and Homes Real Estate Brokerage, I have the opportunity to work with locals and those visiting our community to connect them with their future home or office space. Trail connectivity clearly enhances not just property values, but also quality of life, and I love to incorporate trail time into a property tour whenever possible.

[T2000] That is a must! Trails are a huge economic driver in Durango, often cited as a top reason to move to and visit Durango. Can you talk a little bit about your experience regarding economic development and trails?
[Rinderle] One of the many facets that makes Durango unique is the access to over 30 miles of trails just 30 minutes or less from the heart of our vibrant downtown, many right outside our back door. Our trails provide a broad and diverse economic impact through tourism, special events, community improvements, healthy lifestyles, property values, general consumer spending, and local jobs and investments. Having served for years on the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance, I’ve seen first hand how our numerous trail access points and connectivity have had a direct benefit to our local economy. These benefits include an enhanced quality of life with strong desire for businesses to grow and relocate here, overall community enhancement, and increases in home valuation based on proximity to trails. Studies have shown the economic impact also extends beyond job creation and enhanced valuations to include health care savings where access to trails make it easy for those to get outside and walk, run, and bike, and help create a place for all ages to enjoy, from Seniors Outdoors to our TrailKids programs, creating the next generation of stewards for our trail systems.

[T2000] Very well said, Christina! Well, let us be the first to say: Welcome to the Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have you! Please share with us your reasoning/motivation for joining Trails 2000.​
[Rinderle] ​Thank you! ​After my terms on City Council came to an end, I wanted to still find a way to be involved and give back to the community. Trail enjoyment spans generations and offers something for all ages.

[T2000] Please tell us about your trail use, and what you most value about the trails.
[Rinderle] ​Trails allow us the opportunity to decompress and reconnect with our natural surroundings, whether it be in sometimes needed solitude or a perfect opportunity to create memories with friends. My morning routine often starts with a run in Horse Gulch, and then sets the tone for a positive day ahead. I love the connectivity and easy access. 

[T2000] Absolutely, us too! What is your favorite trail and why?
[Rinderle] ​​My favorite trails are those in Horse Gulch as they are the ones I am able to enjoy the most, due to proximity to my home and office. It still amazes me that within five minutes, we can go from the heart of downtown to over 1,000 acres of open space and soak in the natural surroundings.

[T2000] We sure are lucky! If you could offer advice to future generations of trail users, what would it be?
[Rinderle] ​Get involved! ​​It can be easy to take for granted the incredible resource we have in this community, but it doesn’t happen without community support, donors, and those who can roll up their sleeves and help create and maintain our collective assets.

[T2000] Thanks Christina, that is very well said. Ok, now for the speed round—ready, set:
Run, hike, bike or ride? [Rinderle]​ Running, biking, and hiking, in that order of preference.
Tea or coffee?​ [Rinderle]​ Both, but decaf versions. You don’t want to see me caffeinated!

[T2000] Thank you, Christina! We really appreciate you taking the time and helping us to get to know you and hear about your experiences. Happy Trails!

Sign Up to Get Connected on Bike to Work Day

Trails 2000 is pleased to join the City of Durango for the 8th annual Clean Commute Week which celebrates walking, rolling, biking, riding the bus and carpooling around Durango. The week features many events including Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 28, at Durango Coffee Co. and Mercy Regional Medical Center, 7:00 to 9:00 am. Get Connected! This year, Trails 2000 will lead trail commute teams to Mercy and the Tech Center; the route will be on mostly trail, and riders should sign up below and meet on the Animas River Trail on the 9th Street bridge at 7:30 a.m. Please note: If you’d like to be picked up somewhere else, please request this in the comments below.

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To sign up for the trail commute teams, please submit the form below. Thank you!

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Trail Work
Join Us for Trailwork on Skyline Trail

May 26, 2017

Join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Skyline Trail on Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to come work on the trail to repair a cribwall and perform other maintenance. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Please note: From the trailhead, volunteers will hike or bike to the worksite (about a 30 minute hike).

dove_Trailwork_bannerTrails 2000 Skyline Trail Trailwork

When: Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as your can. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Skyline Trail; meet at the Skyline Trailhead parking lot at the end of Jenkins Ranch Road. From Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue and continue straight through the stop light. College Drive turns into Goeglein Gulch Road; take this past the round-about to Jenkins Ranch Road. Take a right and drive down Jenkins Ranch Road to the end of the pavement, where the trailhead is located on the right. Sign in at the work truck for directions and details. We will hike or bike to the worksite (about a 30 minute hike).
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 snacks. Waiver must be signed at trailwork site; anyone under 18 must have parents sign waiver and bring to trailwork.

Trails 2000 hosts 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!

Now Hiring: Durango Trails 2000 TrailKids Educator

May 22, 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 and education?

Durango Trails 2000 — local nonprofit trails organization in Durango, Colorado — is hiring for a seasonal contract TrailKids Educator. The ideal candidate will have experience writing curriculum, working in outdoor education and teaching students and youth, as well as a desire to conduct meaningful and impactful work. Working with and reporting to the Executive Director, the right person will also be able to work independently and have a keen understanding of the importance of interacting with students, teachers and the community and their role as an ambassador on and off the trail.

This paid, part-time seasonal, career-building role will include up to 20 weeks of as needed, non-congruent work and is ideal for an individual with a flexible schedule. As TrailKids Educator, the qualified candidate will have an outstanding opportunity to further develop skills in outdoor and science education, while learning from professionals in the field and gaining networking contacts — all while living and working in and around Durango.

Role provides the opportunity to:

  • Work for and represent a leading nonprofit doing meaningful work in a beautiful area
  • Develop individualized education goals that relate to your career objectives
  • Gain supervisory experience working with students, teachers and other groups
  • Coordinate hands-on science and outdoor education
  • Inspire curiosity, stewardship, and an appreciation for natural lands in area youth

Required knowledge and abilities:

  • Degree in Science or Outdoor Education
  • Ability to engage with middle and high school students and teachers
  • Ability to plan for a flexible, non-congruent schedule based on teaching opportunities
  • Highly motivated personality
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently as needed
  • Strong sense of importance of representing a nonprofit in the community
  • Proficient in Word, Powerpoint, Dropbox
  • Valid Driver’s License

For full job description, click here.

TO APPLY:
If interested, please complete online application below. A PDF resume is required when applying. Resumes must be submitted by June 15, 2017. No phone calls, visits or mail please. Thank you.

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Trail Work
Sign Up for Colorado Trail Work Weekend

May 11, 2017

Colorado Trail Work Weekend – June 23-25, 2017

Please join Trails 2000 for a fun-filled, camping weekend to work on the Colorado Trail: June 23-25. Join us to 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 now full; thank you for signing up.

dove_Trailwork_bannerCrews will camp for two nights and a cook kitchen, all food, tools and instructions will be provided to volunteers, as well as a shuttle (includes bike shuttle for option to ride out Sunday). Shuttle will meet at 1 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center on Friday, June 23, and head to Junction Creek to Champion Venture (near where Kennebec meets the CT) to set up camp. Volunteers who wish to drive themselves may do so; however, you must still sign up. Sunday’s shuttle will arrive back to town between 1-2 p.m.

Sign up is now full. Thank you for joining us to give back on the Colorado Trail!

Trail Work
Trailwork Canceled for Tonight: May 10

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!

Trail Work
Sign Up for Project Sky Steps Trailwork May 20

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!

Trails 2000 Project Sky Steps 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.

Sign Up – RSVP for Lunch is closed but please come to Trailwork!

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!

 

 

Trailwork Canceled for Tonight: April 27

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!

Carver Brewing On Why Support Trails

April 7, 2017

Photo: ​Mike Hurst (center) with Travis Brown and Ned Overend at the top of Sugar Trail during Todd & Ned’s Dirt Fondo​.

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:

Photo: Mike Hurst and family on Animas Mountain.

[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!

Photo: Mike Hurst during XC mountain bike race, spring 2017.

[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.

Photo: Hurst children on the Animas River Trail.

[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.”

Happy Trails!

Trail Work
Trailwork Kick Off Party is April 22

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.

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Trails 2000 Trailwork Kick Off Party

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.

Sign Up – Lunch Sign Up is CLOSED, but please come to Trailwork!

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!

Annual Trails & Ales Party is April 26

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.

Trails 2000 Trails and Ales Party

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!

Trail Work
Project Sky Steps: Creating a Town to Sky Connect

March 27, 2017

Project to connect Nature Trail steps from Durango to Fort Lewis College Skyhawks campus

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!

Project Sky Steps Trailwork Days

Trailwork is now concluded on Project Sky Steps, please join us for the Grand Opening on Tuesday, June 27.

*Time: 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. each day
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 usWe look forward to seeing you at Project Sky Steps trailwork!

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