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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Trailwork Kickoff Party, April 18 on Skyline Trail

April 16, 2018

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to the 2018 Trailwork Kickoff Party on Wednesday, April 18, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Skyline Trail. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to come kick off the 2018 trail season. 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.

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When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as your can.
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.
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.

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.

Happy Trails!

Register for Trail Crew Leader Training

February 23, 2018

Crew Leader Training hosted by Trails 2000 and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
May 4 & 5, 2018 – Durango, Colorado

Trails 2000 has teamed up with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s (VOC) Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) to offer an exciting training program for trail crew leadership in Durango, Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, 2018. 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 OSI instructors, Kim Frederick and Jim “Patch” Patchell, 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 2018 season to assist the organization during public trailwork days.

  • When: Friday, May 4, from 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Who: Those interested in joining Trails 2000’s team as a crew leader; all levels of experience welcome, from beginner to long-time volunteer.
  • What: Course includes classroom sessions, field exercises and role playing to introduce construction/maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees receive a Crew Leader manual, set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful leader. Snacks and beverages will be provided on Friday, May 4, and coffee/tea, baked goods and fruit on Saturday, May 5; attendees should bring their own lunch.
  • Cost: Free to those who commit to four hours of volunteer time with Trails 2000 prior to June 15.

Reserve your spot by Friday, April 6, 2018; space is limited and class fills up quickly.

Register Here: Complete the form below. More information will be emailed to attendees following registration.

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April 18, 2018

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Video: Got Leash?

April 2, 2018

Video campaign highlights importance of dog etiquette and safety on trails

Getting your dog outside is good for the health of both you and your dog. But hiking with a dog is different than hiking with people. It is important to be aware of dog etiquette and safety on trails and open space, including keeping your dog on a leash and packing out your dog’s waste. This week, Trails 2000 is excited to launch our second video in our informational and educational video campaign aimed at educating and inspiring users to follow certain etiquette and safety guidelines when traveling on trails in Durango and the surrounding area. Video #2, entitled “Got Leash?” explains simple guidelines to help keep you, your dog and other trail users safe, as well as protect the natural environment including wildlife and vegetation.

Got Leash?

On City of Durango open space and trails, dogs must be on a leash at all times. By keeping your dog on a leash, you protect your dog and others. A leash even protects dogs from natural hazards like wildlife and other dogs on the trails and helps to protect property, vegetation, and wildlife.

Remember, not every dog is as friendly as yours. By keeping them on a leash, you can control their interactions and continue to enjoy your hike. If your dog is running off leash, it is unclear to that user how your dog is going to react to them, their dog or their children.

When choosing a leash, remember to pick one that allows you to keep your dog close by your side. Longer leashes can be hazardous to other trail users.

Pack It Out!

You are required to pick up your dogs waste, as it contains pathogens, bacteria and parasites that pollute our rivers, lakes and streams. You should allows carry a poop bag to properly pack out your dogs waste. Please don’t leave the baggy by the side of the trail to grab later, since it looks like trash to everyone else.

Keeping your dog on a leash is a simple and courteous thing to do, both for you, your dog, other trail users, and the natural environment. Please always keep your dog on a leash and pack out your dog’s waste.

Watch the video here or by clicking the video above. Missed video #1 in our series, entitled “It’s Up To Me” on the important of abiding by seasonal wildlife closures? Click here to watch today. Campaign videos were made possible through Trails 2000’s receipt of the Partners in the Outdoors grant from Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The videos were produced by Coldstream Creative and include local talent.

Happy Trails!

Trails and Ales Party is April 11

March 23, 2018

You’re invited to join Trails 2000 for their spring membership event to kick off the 2018 trail season: our annual Trails and Ales Party, on Wednesday, April 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Carver Brewing Company. Come meet and mingle with trail enthusiasts, learn more about how to get involved with Trails 2000, and give back to the trails in Durango. Sponsored by First National Bank, the event features trail swag giveaways, a delicious spread of chili and salad, and a beer, glass of wine or root beer from Carvers to anyone who joins, renews or gives to Trails 2000.

Proceeds from the Trails and Ales Party directly support Trails 2000’s mission to plan, build and maintain Durango’s trail network, educate trail users, and encourage connectivity on road, path, and trail. With over 300 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown, Durango is a trail mecca! Partnering with the City, County, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private landowners, Trails 2000 and our cadre of volunteers contribute over 3,500 hours of trailwork on these lands.

Stay tuned! Save the date for our 2018 trailwork season Trailwork Kickoff Party on Wednesday, April 18. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to come out for a fun work day to kick off the 2018 trail season; details and volunteer sign up to be announced.

Trails 2000 hosts over 30 public trailwork parties on Wednesdays and other scheduled days throughout the trail season, including the annual Colorado Trail (CT) Work Weekend in mid-June 2018. The fun-filled camping weekend includes work on Trails 2000’s adopted section of the CT, sections 28.2 and 28.3 from Champion Venture to Junction Creek, totaling 19.1 miles and the longest adopted section in the state. Trails 2000 will also host a work day and celebration on Saturday, September 29, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

No experience is necessary to volunteer at trailwork, and Trails 2000 provides the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. For more information on upcoming trail events, please visit our Trail Calendar.

Happy Trails!

Video: ‘It’s Up to Me’ To Respect Wildlife Closures

March 12, 2018

Video campaign highlights importance of respecting seasonal wildlife closures in Durango

Ever wonder why certain trails in Durango have seasonal wildlife closures? During the winter months, deer and elk need safe harbors and seasonal wildlife closures are essential for the animals to survive. Even when there is no snow on the ground these areas are critical for animals to make it through the winter. That’s why Trails 2000 this week launched an informational and educational video campaign aimed at educating and inspiring users to follow certain etiquette and safety guidelines when traveling on trails in Durango and the surrounding area. The first video, “It’s Up To Me,” highlights the importance of abiding by the winter seasonal wildlife closures.

It’s up to me. It’s up to us. It’s up to all of us to protect wildlife in Colorado.

The seasonal wildlife closures remain in effect until April 15 on the following areas:

Grandview Ridge

  • Big Canyon and Sale Barn trailheads (access located east of U.S. Highway 160)
  • Grandview BLM trails

Animas City Mountain

  • BLM lands above the lower loops (about 1.5 miles above the 32nd Street Trailhead)

Twin Buttes Area

  • The upper trails only, as marked.

Bodo State Wildlife Areas

  • This area is closed with the exception of the Smelter Mountain Trail that is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs are prohibited.

Perins Peak

  • Please note this area is closed through July 31, 2018, to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

Watch the video here or by clicking the video above. You can also learn more about wildlife in Colorado by visiting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Stay tuned! In a few weeks, Trails 2000 will launch the second video, entitled “Got Leash?,” to highlight the importance of keeping dogs on a leash while on the trail. Campaign videos were made possible through Trails 2000 receipt of the Partners in the Outdoors grant from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The videos were produced by Coldstream Creative and include local talent.

Happy Trails!

Round Up for Trails at Kroeger’s Ace Hardware!

March 7, 2018

You can support Trails 2000 by Rounding Up for Trails 2000 March 8 through March 19:

CLOSED: Now Hiring: Durango Trail Crew Lead

February 16, 2018

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 lives of residents and visitors? Are you passionate about the outdoors and wish to combine your passion for trails and recreation with a career in the outdoor industry?

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversees scheduling, planning and facilitation of construction and maintenance on trails
  • Supervises crews of students, volunteers and work groups in a safe working environment
  • Manages team of crew leaders, including training, scheduling and support
  • Develops relationships and collaborates with land managers
  • Tracks upcoming trail projects and schedules trailwork activities
  • Lays out and flags trails for re-routes and maintenance
  • Creates maps for future trail alignment proposals and trail maintenance areas
  • Assigns tasks and provides safety and training for crews
  • Oversees trail tools and truck maintenance

For full job description, click here.

TO APPLY:
If interested, please complete the online application below. A PDF resume is required when applying. Resumes must be submitted by Monday, February 26, with availability to work in Durango starting March 15. No phone calls, visits or mail please.

The application process is closed. Thank you.

BLM Meeting Weds. January 31

January 27, 2018

Join the BLM to share your trail ideas for consideration in the upcoming Tres Rios Field Office Open House taking place this Wednesday, January 31 from 5p to 7pm at the Durango Public Library  (1900 east Third Avenue).

Trail Work
Year End Trailwork Party, Dec. 15

December 11, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to join us for a Year End Trailwork Party at Three Springs Trails on Friday, December 15, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Come for FREE hot cocoa and candy canes! Volunteers should meet at the Trails 2000 work truck in Three Springs via the directions below. No experience is necessary, and all tools, instruction and safety, gloves, and water and snacks will be provided for the entire crew.

Trailwork at Three Springs Trails

When: Friday, December 15, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: From Durango, take US Highway 160 east and turn left onto Three Springs Blvd. Stay right at the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, turn right and follow the dirt road north for less than a mile. Stay right and cross a cattle guard. When you pass a red barn, turn right on the next dirt road. The Trails 2000 truck will be straight ahead where you can meet crews for details and 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 snacks.

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Trailwork at Three Springs

December 1, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork at Three Springs Trails on Thursday, December 7, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Trails 2000 work truck in Three Springs via the directions below. No experience is necessary, and all tools, instruction and safety, gloves, and water and snacks will be provided for the entire crew.

Trailwork at Three Springs Trails

When: Thursday, December 7, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: From Durango, take US Highway 160 east and turn left onto Three Springs Blvd. At the second roundabout, turn right and follow the dirt road north for less than a mile. After you cross a cattle guard and pass a red barn, turn right on the next dirt road. The Trails 2000 truck will be straight ahead where you can meet crews for details and 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 snacks.

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Year End Campaign: Give Now. Get Outside Today.

November 16, 2017

As the leaves fall and snow returns to the high country, Trails 2000 reflects on a successful trail season thanks to members, volunteers and all who contributed to help build and maintain the vast, world-class trail network in Durango. We could not do what we do without YOU. Our members, volunteers and community supporters are critical to the work we do, and all types of support—from volunteering to financial contributions—make the work of Trails 2000 possible.

This year we accomplished more work than ever making the fundraising efforts ever more important. In 2017, Trails 2000 worked with over 600 community members during 6,000 hours of volunteer trailwork on 40-plus area trails with trail crew leaders and certified crew leaders to oversee volunteer teams. Notable milestones include:

  • SkySteps: Planned and build 550 steps connecting town to Fort Lewis College
  • New trails: Cap’s Connect, Sugar, Skyline and Smokejumper
  • Colorado Trail: Over 175 downed trees cut by our team of certi ed sawyers and removed o the trails
  • High Country Trails: Pass Trail, Engineer Mountain Trail, West Cross, Dry Fork, Haflin Creek, Stevens Creek and Missionary Ridge to name a few
  • Collaborated with dozens of organizations and business on trailwork
  • Completed trails master plan
  • TrailKids: Over 500 students served in the TrailKids ecology program
  • Organized a Stewardship conference for SW Colorado
  • Partnered on a grant for the Animas River Trail
  • Updated Trails2000.org with new blogs, maps and trail conditions
  • Facilitated our annual Trails and Ales party and Trail Reporter training
  • Held our 2nd annual Happy Trails festival

Please join us as we continue our mission to plan, build and maintain trails, educate trail users, and encourage trail connectivity by contributing to our year end campaign to help create positive trail experiences for all users.

Great Trails Build Great Communities. Give Now. Get Outside Today.

Learn about other ways to give (Holiday Store and Colorado Gives), and subscribe to our FREE TrailTalk Enewsletter to stay in the know about all things trails.

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Smokejumper’s Trailwork this Saturday

November 3, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork on Smokejumper’s Trail on Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come help build the new trail (learn more), which will start at the top of Skyline and run north from Raider Ridge. Volunteers should meet at the top of Skyline Trail (see two access options below); please note: it takes a bit of planning to get to the work site so plan accordingly. No experience is necessary, and Trails 2000 crews will be on site with all tools, instruction and safety tool talk, gloves, and water and snacks.

Trailwork on Smokejumper’s Trail

When: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Meet at the top of the Skyline Trail; Two access options (please note: both options require a bit of planning to get to the work site):

  • Option 1: From the Skyridge Neighborhood, head up Skyline to the top, where you’ll see trail flags heading north to the work site. To get to Skyline: Take Florida road north to College Drive, head up to the Skyridge Neighborhood, turning left onto Jenkins Ranch Road. Drive down the road to the end where there is a ten spot parking lot and hike or ride to the top. It takes 45 minutes to walk up Skyline and another 10 minutes from the intersection of Skyline and Smokejumper’s to the work site
  • Option 2: Park at the Horse Gulch trailhead and ride up Horse Gulch road to the Sugar Trailhead (the Trails 2000 truck will be parked there, the trail has a large rock cairn); ride up Sugar to the flagged trail on your right to the end where it intersects with Smokejumper’s and Skyline. Head north on Smokejumper’s for 10 minutes and you’ll see the crew.

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.

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New Trails to be Built in Durango

October 25, 2017

Approval received following in-depth analysis of Smokejumper’s Trail and Sugar to Skyline connect

Trails 2000 will build two new trails—the Smokejumper’s Trail and a connect from Sugar to Skyline Trails—in Durango during the late fall of 2017. In late September, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed off on the environmental analysis (EA) required for trail proposals on federal lands, marking the final step required to start building the new trails. Find out how you can help out at trailwork.

The Smokejumper’s Trail, which will start at the top of Skyline and run north from Raider Ridge, is in honor of Joseph Philpott who died in an avalanche in 2013. Philpott grew up in Durango and went on to major in Forestry at NAU and CSU. He worked for the BLM as a smokejumper based in Boise, Idaho. Joe was an adventurous, conscientious young man and his parents were interested in honoring him to capture his dynamic nature.

Joseph Philpott.

“When we came to Trails 2000, Mary [Monroe Brown, executive director] suggested that we work on a trail that would reflect Joe’s amazing life and personality with a trail from Raider Ridge north on the BLM land. When we walked it, it felt like Joe,” said Margo Philpott, Joe’s mother. “It has beautiful ridgetop views, it’s rugged and is part of a long traverse that he used to run and train on.”

In 2014, Trails 2000 completed the Sugar Trail, connecting Skyline to Horse Gulch Road. (The Skyline Trail was built by Trails 2000 in 2009 to connect the Skyridge area to Powerline and the top of Hyper Extended Ridge.) Trails 2000 hoped to connect Sugar directly to Skyline at that time, but a portion of the trail would need to cross BLM land.

Trails on federal lands (Forest Service and BLM) require a level of environmental analysis necessary for NEPA—the National Environmental Policy Act. Trails 2000 entered into the proposal process and hired local environmental consultant, Heidi McGrath, a good friend of Joe’s and the Philpott family, to help see it through to completion.

“EAs are a lot of work and require analyzing various environmental impacts, from wildlife and plants to soils and recreation. It’s a time consuming process and a bit arduous, especially for small nonprofits. In Durango, we are surrounded by 60 percent of public lands, and trail proposals like that of Trails 2000 are an important economic driver for our community,” said McGrath, owner of Columbine Environment based in Durango. She added, “I was excited to be involved in this project since I knew Joe and the Philpott family would love the trail.”

The analysis also included a cultural resource survey to assess any artifacts that may exist on the trail. The cultural study, of which no artifacts were identified, was donated by ERO Resources, an environmental consulting firm based in Denver with a satellite office in Durango. “Trails 2000 does so much for our community, and as a trail user who owns a company in town, I was happy to find a way to give back by donating the analysis,” said Sean Larmore, principle investigator of ERO Resources in Durango.

In general, the process of how a trail becomes a trail can take anywhere from two to five years to complete. It requires involvement from various land managers and stakeholders, many of whom are long-time partners of Trails 2000, and involves idea development and research, to proposal and review, and finally to approval and building. (The Trails 2000 infographic, How a Trails Becomes a Trail, helps to illustrate this in-depth process.)

“The process [of how a trail becomes a trail] is complex; it requires vision, strategy and a certain level of tenacity,” said Trails 2000 board member, Christina Rinderle. “You need an organization like Trails 2000 out in front, gathering feedback, and keeping in touch with the community so you can devise a plan and see it through to completion.”

Trails 2000 will start building the trails, October 30 through November 2 (9 am to 5pm each day), and seeks volunteers to help out at trailwork. Details can be found at Trails 2000 Online Calendar and RSVP on Facebook. Volunteers are invited to come for as long or little as they can, and no experience is necessary as Trails 2000 crews will be on site with all tools, instruction and safety, and water and snacks for volunteers. The Philpott family plans to install the commemorative sign for the Smokejumper’s Trail in November.

“We feel grateful and honored to be part of helping expand the Trails 2000 trail system. We feel like it’s a way to give back to our community, by helping create something lasting, as well as to remember and honor Joseph,” said Margo Philpott.

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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
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
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
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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