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 at Hidden Valley and Twin Buttes, Oct. 18-19

October 12, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork at Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park on Wednesday, October, 18, and at Twin Buttes Trails on Thursday, October 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. each day. No experience is necessary, and volunteers are invited to come for as much or little time as they can. Trails 2000 crews will be on site with all tools, instruction and safety tool talk, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Trailwork on Hidden Valley Trail

When: Wednesday, October 18, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park; from downtown Durango, take Main Ave. to 25th St. and turn left. Head past Miller Middle School and turn left on Clovis. Go to the the top of the hill on Clovis and turn left on Borrego. At the end of the street, it Ts and you’ll turn right onto Hidden Valley and head to the top of the cul de sac where you’ll see the Trails 2000 truck.

Trailwork on Twin Buttes Trails

When: Thursday, October 19, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Twin Buttes Trails, meet at the water tank in Twin Buttes; from Durango, head west on Highway 160 to the Twin Buttes main entrance (about 2.5 miles) and turn right at the bridge (signs to Twin Buttes). Cross the bridge and continue on Tipple Avenue past the gardens and Historic Tram Park on the left. Turn right on Larkspur Avenue, then right on Twin Buttes Avenue. After a very short distance, take the first left turn (paved beginning then turns to dirt road) and head up the hill to the parking lot below the water tank. Park there and sign in at the work truck for details and directions.

What to wear to Trailwork: 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.

Kids for ColoradoGives: Inspiring TrailKids to Give

October 6, 2017

New, kid-friendly website offers Durango’s youth a fun, safe way to experience the joy of giving

The Trails 2000 TrailKids program touches the lives of area youth each season through outdoor, hands-on lessons and trailwork aimed at inspiring curiosity, stewardship, and an appreciation for natural lands. Starting this month, Trails 2000 hopes to further connect with the next generation of givers through Kids for ColoradoGives, a new, fun and safe way for young donors to experience the joy of giving online.

Launched this year, Kids for ColoradoGives allows kids and their parents the opportunity to give to a nonprofit and help the community, while learning about philanthropy and having fun along the way. The site is a kid-friendly component of the popular website ColoradoGives.org, a year-round giving site presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank that powers Colorado Gives Day and aims to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. Trails 2000, who also participates in Colorado Gives, was excited about the opportunity to expand their fundraising efforts surrounding this annual, online-giving movement.

“Trails 2000 is always looking for ways to engage the next generation of lands stewards, and Kids for ColoradoGives aligns perfectly with our TrailKids program,” said Mary Monroe Brown, executive director of Trails 2000. “Gifts to our TrailKids program through Kids for ColoradoGives provide area youth a way to connect to our natural lands and feel like they’ve made a difference in our trails, open space, and Durango’s vast outdoor playground. We hope kids and their parents will join in the fun of giving this holiday season.”

To give to Trails 2000’s TrailKids program, children and their parents can visit Trails 2000’s Kids for ColoradoGives profile. The site is safe and easy to use, allowing donations to be made by Giving eCard only for the privacy and protection of children. Adults can purchase a Giving eCard for a child by visiting KidsforColoradoGives.org and click on “Giving eCards” on the site’s top navigation bar. After purchasing, kids and their parents can enjoy the giving experience together.

The website has fun incentives for kids as well, including a fun quiz for children to take to guide them in their charitable giving, and afterwards print out a hand-drawn, downloadable illustration to color and display. After donating, kids can download a digital badge that says, “I’m a Kid for ColoradoGives!”, along with parent badges that say, “My Kid’s a Kid for ColoradoGives!”

All donations made to Kids for ColoradoGives will support Trails 2000’s TrailKids program, which focuses on Durango-area middle school students and offers a variety of one hour, half-day, and full day programs for 6th-8th grade science classes. In partnership with Durango School District 9-R, the program tailors each course to Colorado Academic standards.

Thanks to sponsor Alpine Bank, in 2016 the TrailKids program reached over 1,000 local youth of all ages, including both school groups as well as the DEVO development program. Youth learned the importance of land stewardship by developing a sense of community ownership and studying topics such as the environment, geology, vegetation, and sustainability in an educational setting. Other TrailKids programs focused on additional trail stewardship topics, from the creation of trail signs to the geology of the surrounding area, or less tangible items such as an appreciation for the outdoors, share the trails ethics, and an understanding of what trails mean to the community. Students also engaged in experimental science labs related to school curriculum and conducted trailwork in various local trail systems.

According to Elizabeth “Ziggy” Lanman, former lead TrailKids educator, “It is such a thrill to share a passion for the outdoors with kids. There is nothing that I would love more than instilling a sense of love and appreciation to younger generations, and that’s something that outdoor, hands-on education can provide. Watching a kid discover how much fun it is to get dirty and really connect with the earth is so fulfilling—I think that this experience is necessary to get kids to fundamentally care about our planet. And trails are a necessary resource for that experience.”

To join the giving movement along with young generations, parents and adult supporters can access Trails 2000’s Colorado Gives profile. Donations can be made online in advance of Colorado Gives Day (Tuesday, December 5), and scheduled donations will be processed on December 5.

Learn more about the TrailKids program, and subscribe to our FREE TrailTalk Enewsletter to stay in the know about all things trails.

Trail Work
Trailwork on East Animas Trails, Oct. 22

September 28, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to partner with American Alpine Club to host Trailwork at East Animas Climbing Area on Sunday, October 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the East Animas parking area, located 1.8 miles north on County Road 250 in Durango. Parking is limited, and carpooling is highly encouraged.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, water, lunch and snacks for the entire crew. Registration is required; please sign up below and let us know if you will be staying for lunch!

Trails 2000 Trailwork on East Animas Trails

When: Sunday, October 22, 8am-3pm; please come for as much or as little time as you can. RSVP on Facebook; add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook.
Where/DirectionsEast Animas Climbing Trails; meet at the East Animas parking area, located 1.8 miles north on County Road 250. From Durango, take Florida Road (15th Street from Main Ave) to CR 250; turn left (north) onto CR 250 and drive 1.8 miles until you come to a small, well marked parking area where you will see the Trails 2000 work truck. Parking is limited, carpooling is highly encouraged.
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, lunch and snacks.

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For the Outdoor, Trail Enthusiast: Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

October 13, 2017

Features Three Letterpress Card Sets: Happy Holidays Happy Trails; Wishing You Happy Trails; and Happy Trails; and One Greeting Card Set with Southwest Photography.

Online store features unique, locally made products that support trails

Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for the perfect holiday gift to give back this season? Trails 2000 is excited to launch our Online Holiday Store that gives locals and visitors a unique way to give chic, handmade, functional gifts while supporting their beloved trails and natural lands this holiday season.

Featuring high quality products and local designs, the store captures the essence of the area, including holiday cards with natural, mountain graphics printed locally on a handmade letterpress; photo cards showcasing the beautiful imagery of the Southwest; commemorative posters of iconic local trails such as the Colorado Trail; adult and youth tees and hats with favorite local trail slogan, Happy Trails; and more. Each product is reflective of Trails 2000’s mission to plan, build and maintain trails—which all proceeds go to support—and appeals to supporters both native to Colorado and across the U.S.

Features variety of Happy Trails vintage t-shirts (men, women and youth sizes); locally made Happy Trails trucker hat; and commemorative Durango Trails booklet.

“Whether you’re looking for beautiful letterpress holiday cards for friends and family, a poster to commemorate your hike on the Colorado Trail, or stylish Happy Trails logo tees for kids and adults alike, our online store is the place to make a feel-good purchase knowing your gift helps to build and maintain our trails and sustain a trail network for generations to come,” said Mary Monroe Brown, executive director of Trails 2000.

The easy-to-use online store is one way Trails 2000 aims to diversify funding. For the most part access to trails is free, but all trail construction, maintenance and planning has a cost. In Southwest Colorado, a widely visited tourist destination, locals have long ranked the abundance of trails as their number one want and need for living in and visiting the area, making Durango’s trails a highly used resource by both the community and tourists.

“Our new fundraising option celebrates our mission to plan, build and maintain trails by providing beautiful gifting options. All proceeds from the store go to support our mission, and we hope people will support us and visit our online store for their holiday gifts this season,” said Monroe Brown.

Products include:

  1. Commemorative, artsy and chic poster of Durango trails that features the iconic 500-mile statewide Colorado Trail, which commences in Durango.
  2. Top selling Happy Trails vintage t-shirts, which come in a variety of colors and styles, available in men, women and youth sizes.
  3. Locally made trucker hat featuring Happy Trails slogan.
  4. Commemorative booklet featuring images from Scott DW Smith and a brief history and voices from the trails in Durango.

Trails 2000 further diversifies funding and global reach by housing select products on global search engine giant, Amazon. According to recent data, up to 80 percent of online product searches take place on Amazon.com, which provides extensive global reach to the trail organization. You can also give to Trails 2000 through AmazonSmile, which donates a portion of Amazon purchases to the organization by encouraging consumers to shop through a unique link to make product purchases on Amazon at no additional cost to consumer.

Trail Work
Stop ‘N Lop Trailwork on Colorado Trail, Oct. 11

October 3, 2017

Join Trails 2000 for Stop ’N Lop Trailwork on the lower Colorado Trail on Wednesday, October 11, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Crews will work on lopping overgrown oak brush along the corridor to clear the trail and improve the line of sight and overall experience for all trail users. 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 volunteers.

Stop ’N Lop Trailwork offers a great option for the community to give back to trails, whether they’re out on the trail and want to stop by and work for 30 minutes or an hour, or if they can commit to the entire work time. Volunteers can simply stop along the way while riding, running, hiking or walking the dog on the lower Colorado Trail, and Trails 2000 crews will have additional loppers available at the work site for folks to help out. Those volunteers wanting to give more time should meet at the work truck at 4:00 p.m. at the lower Colorado Trail trailhead and work until 6:30 p.m. Parking is limited, and Trails 2000 encourages volunteers to ride bikes or carpool to the trailhead, located three miles up Junction Creek Road in Durango.

Trails 2000 Trailwork on the Lower Colorado Trail

When: Wednesday, October 11, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.; please stop by on your ride, run or hike to work for 30 minutes or an hour, or join us for the entire work time. RSVP on Facebook; add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Colorado Trail; lower Colorado Trail trailhead, located three miles up Junction Creek Road. From Durango, head north on Main Avenue and take a left at 25th street (by the Texaco). The road winds through a subdivision and turns into Junction Creek Road. Once you cross a cattle guard, you’ll see the parking lot for the lower Colorado Trail and the Trails 2000 work truck.
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, and a shirt (long or short sleeved). Optional: Bring a sun hat, sunscreen, water bottle and a rain jacket. Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.

Trail Work
Trailwork in Horse Gulch, Oct. 3 and 4

September 29, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to Trailwork in Horse Gulch on 
Tuesday, October 3, on Sugar Trail, and Wednesday, October 4, on Mike’s Trail. No experience is necessary, and volunteers are invited to come for as much or little time as they can. Trails 2000 crews will be on site with all tools, instruction and safety tool talk, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Trails 2000 Trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails

Tuesday, October 3, Sugar Trail

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/DirectionsMeet at bottom of Sugar Trail, located about 2.5 miles up Horse Gulch Road from the trailhead off 8th Avenue and 3rd Street; 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 Horse Gulch trailhead parking lot. From the trailhead, follow the gravel road/trail past the Meadow and continue past two gates where you’ll see rock cairns marking the start of the Sugar Trail and the Trails 2000 crew.

Wednesday, October 4, Mike’s Trail

When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/DirectionsMeet near the top of Mike’s Trail; 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 Horse Gulch trailhead parking lot. Ride or run up Horse Gulch Road to the Meadow Loop to Stacy’s then onto Mike’s. Crews will be near the top of Mike’s with tools and instruction. Please note: Mike’s is a distance from the trailhead, so please plan accordingly, especially for those planning to run into the worksite.

What to wear to Trailwork: 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
Public Lands Day Trailwork and Celebration

September 25, 2017

Join Trails 2000, Osprey Packs and Keep it Wild to celebrate Public Lands Day with Trailwork on Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park on 
Saturday, September 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is required; we’ll perform trail maintenance followed by food, cold beverages and giveaway goodies! No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and food for the entire crew. Grab your family and friends and come celebrate our Public Lands – Register today!

Trails 2000 Trailwork on Hidden Valley Trails

When: Saturday, September 30, 8am-12pm; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/DirectionsHidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park; from downtown Durango, head north on Main St. Turn left (west) on 24th St, then left on W 3rd Ave, then a quick right on Weston Ave. Take a right on Columbine, then your next left on Arroyo. Follow Arroyo up, left take a left on Hidden Valley Circle. The trailhead is at the end of Hidden Valley Circle. Get 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 lunch.

Trail Work
Trailwork on Twin Buttes Trails, Sept. 29

September 21, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to Trailwork on Twin Buttes Trails on 
Friday, September 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by Twin Buttes Dental, trailwork crews are invited to come work on tread improvements and other trail maintenance. Volunteers should meet at the water tank in Twin Buttes, accessed from the Twin Buttes’ main entrance off Highway 160 west in Durango. 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 Twin Buttes Trails

When: Saturday, September 29, 3-5 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/DirectionsTwin Buttes Trails; meet at the water tank in Twin Buttes; from Durango, head west on Highway 160 to the Twin Buttes main entrance (about 2.5 miles) and turn right at the bridge (signs to Twin Buttes). Cross the bridge and continue on Tipple Avenue past the gardens and Historic Tram Park on the left. Turn right on Larkspur Avenue, then right on Twin Buttes Avenue. After a very short distance, take the first left turn (paved beginning then turns to dirt road) and head up the hill to the parking lot below the water tank. Park there 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.

Fun at 2nd Annual Happy Trails Festival

September 19, 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2nd annual Happy Trails Festival this past Saturday at Buckley Park to celebrate our trails and outdoor community! Special thanks to title sponsors, Ska Brewing and Zia Taqueria, and presenting sponsors, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Fort Lewis College, plus all participating organizations: Todd’s Durango Dirt Fondo, Durango Double, Durango Running Club, Durango Running Company, Hello Dollface, Robby Overfield, Durango DEVO, SCOTT Sports, Trek Bicycle, SRAM, Mountain Bike Specialists, 2nd Ave Sports, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Alpine Bank, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, City of Durango, Four Corners Back Country Horsemen, and more! Thanks also to Lightning Communications and all our wonderful volunteers who made the event a success. Read the recap in The Durango Herald.

Kids Bike Race Video

 

Durango Dirt Fondo riders gear up at Happy Trails Festival.

 

Demo trucks were all set up at Buckley Park.

 

Todd Wells grills up Grassburger for Durango Dirt Fondo riders.

Trail Work
Trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails, Sept. 13

September 6, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails on 
Wednesday, September 13, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Crews will work on the Meadow loop and should meet at the intersection of Horse Gulch Road and the Meadow loop, accessed from the Horse Gulch trailhead off 8th Avenue and 3rd Street in DurangoNo 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: September 13, 4-6:30 p.m. (GoogleCaliCal/Outlook); please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/DirectionsHorse Gulch Trails, meet at the intersection of Horse Gulch Road and the Meadow loop to work on the Meadow loop; 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. From there, walk/ride up Horse Gulch Road (approximately 0.7 miles) to the signed intersection. Here you will meet to sign in 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.

Volunteers Needed for Happy Trails Festival

September 1, 2017

Sign up today! – Volunteer and Receive Free Gift Card and Trail Swag

Happy Trails Festival is almost two weeks away, and we are looking for volunteers to help make the event a success! Please consider signing up to volunteer on Saturday, September 16, for one or more of the following volunteer shifts:

1) Set up, 8-11 a.m.
2) Check in, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
3) Check in, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
4) Clean up, 4:30-7 p.m.

Plus, volunteers receive a $25 gift card & Trails 2000 cowboy hat as our way of saying thanks.

Sign up today!

Trail Work
Trailwork on Twin Buttes Trails, Sept. 6

August 28, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork at Twin Buttes Trails on Wednesday, September 6, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. In partnership with Twin Buttes of Durango, Trails 2000 hosts trailwork in conjunction with the first annual Bash at the Buttes, taking place at Twin Buttes on Friday, September 8, to celebrate the dedication of the Historic Tram Park to the City of Durango. Trailwork crews should meet at the water tank in Twin Buttes, accessed from the Twin Buttes’ main entrance off Highway 160 west in Durango. 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 Twin Buttes Trails

When: Wednesday, September 6, 4-6:30 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Twin Buttes Trails; meet at the water tank in Twin Buttes; from Durango, head west on Highway 160 to the Twin Buttes main entrance (about 2.5 miles) and turn right at the bridge (signs to Twin Buttes). Cross the bridge and continue on Tipple Avenue past the gardens and Historic Tram Park on the left. Turn right on Larkspur Avenue, then right on Twin Buttes Avenue. After a very short distance, take the first left turn (paved beginning then turns to dirt road) and head up the hill to the parking lot below the water tank. Park there and sign in at the work truck for details and directions. View map of Twin Buttes.
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
Trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails, August 30

August 22, 2017

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to trailwork on Horse Gulch Trails on 
Wednesday, August 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Crews should meet at the intersection of Horse Gulch Road and the Meadow loop, accessed from the Horse Gulch trailhead off 8th Avenue and 3rd Street in DurangoNo 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: Wednesday, August 30, 4-7 p.m. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook); please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/DirectionsHorse Gulch Trails, meet at the intersection of Horse Gulch Road and the Meadow loop; 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. From there, walk/ride up Horse Gulch Road (approximately 0.7 miles) to the signed intersection. Here you will meet to sign in 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
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 you 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.

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 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. (add to GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook), 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:

Live Music by Hello Dollface (2:30-4pm) and Robby Overfield & the Breaks (12:30-2:15pm)
Local Beer by Ska Brewing, and Great Food by Zia Taqueria and Grassburger
Kids Fun Area with Durango DEVO and Mercy Gray Matters Helmet program
Interactive Displays and Demos from Scott Bicycles, Trek Bicycle, SRAM, Mountain Bike Specialists, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Durango Running Company, Durango Running Club, Mercy Regional Medical Center, and Fort Lewis College
Trail Rides and Runs:

  • Todd’s Durango Dirt Fondo mountain bike ride, 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.
    Durango Double training runs (5- and 10- mile) that will depart from Buckley Park at 10:30 a.m., led by Durango Running Club and Durango Running Company
  • Durango DEVO Junior ride from 12-1:30 p.m.

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.

Volunteer or Set Up Booth at Happy Trails Festival

Trails 2000 is seeking volunteers to help make the festival a success; please consider signing up to volunteer today! Community organizations and nonprofits are also invited to set 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.

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!

©2017 Trails 2000 • PO Box 3868 • Durango, CO 81301 • 970-259-4682

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