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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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Trail Work
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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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.

Trail Work
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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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