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.
Support our Work.
Do your part to create a positive trail experience by respecting other users on the trail by observing the rules of the trail:
Say HI to a fellow trail user!
When you come across a horse, please do the following:
1. Stop at least 200 yards before the horse so as not to spook the animal.
2. Announce Yourself and ask the rider how they would like you to proceed
3. Say HI when you pass!
4. If you are riding or running downhill, allow the person working harder (on the uphill) to go first. They need the momentum
5. Always say HI to kids and show them proper trail etiquette.
6. HOWDY goes a long way to making your day out on the trail enjoyable for everyone!
Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all regulations and recommendations.
Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely. If someone is coming uphill, please yield.
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding — and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible trail use.
©2017 Trails 2000 • PO Box 3868 • Durango, CO 81301 • 970-259-4682