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
July Trailwork Events: Click Here for Sign Up Details

June 26, 2019

Please join Trails 2000

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at SkyRaider, Overend Mountain Park, Three Springs and the Colorado Trail in July

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When: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July

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, gloves and water.

Please Register for Trailwork!

Wednesday, July 3 (SkyRaider)                         REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, July 10 (SkyRaider) 4:30 to 7:30    REGISTER HERE

Thursday, July 11 (Spurline Trails) 4:30 to 7:30  REGISTER HERE

Saturday, July 13 (SkyRaider) 9a to 12 noon       REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, July 17 (Ned’s Hill) 4:30 to 7:30      REGISTER HERE

Thursday, July 18 (SkyRaider)  4:30 to 7:30       REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, July 24 (SkyRaider) 4:30 to 7:30    REGISTER HERE

Thursday, July 25 (SkyRaider) 4:30 to 7:30     REGISTER HERE

Saturday, July 27 (Vallecito)   9a to 12 noon       REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, July 31 (SkyRaider) 4:30 to 7:30  REGISTER HERE

Where/Directions: For SKYRAIDER: From the intersection of  Main and 9th Street, Head south on Main Ave toward E 9th St. Turn left onto E College Drive. Continue straight to stay on E College Drive. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto College Dr/Goeglein Gulch. Turn right onto Jenkins Ranch Rd. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Jenkins Ranch Rd. Turn right onto Red Mountain Dr and look for the Trails 2000 worktruck. Please, walk or ride your bike. Please do NOT park on Molas Drive.

Total distance from downtown is 2.5 miles and travel time is less than 10 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders who will provide all tools and instruction.

Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each week, as well as additional 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!

Trail Work
Hermosa Restoration Project

July 11, 2019

Hermosa Restoration Event Announced

Durango, CO – In an effort to celebrate the resiliency of the Hermosa Creek watershed following the 416 fire, local non-profit organizations and the San Juan National Forest are hosting a Hermosa Resiliency Event, aimed at providing the community with opportunities to engage in restoration efforts and to learn how the fire affected local forests.

San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA), Trails 2000, Mountain Studies Institute (MSI),Durango Nature Studies, and the San Juan National Forest are hosting a half-day event on August 10, 2019 at the Lower Hermosa Campground to provide the public an opportunity to restore the Hermosa Creek trail, plant native seeds, and enjoy interpretive and stewardship-oriented hikes through the burn area. Durango Nature Studies will provide educational children’s activities. All activities will begin at 9:00 am on August 10th.

“Hermosa Creek is a special place that is near and dear to the hearts of the local community. We want to provide the public with an opportunity to directly engage in restoration efforts and to learn how the 416 Fire affected local forests. It’s going to be a great day and I hope we see great participation from the community.” stated Brent Schoradt, executive director of SJMA.

“The outdoor recreation economy is of growing interest in the Southwest. Trails, jobs, and conservation are all pillars of the economy and area nonprofits play a big role in bringing those goals to fruition in the Durango area. The collaborative efforts on the Hermosa are just an example of our area nonprofits’ dedication to conservation in our community,” stated Mary Monroe Brown, Director of Trails 2000.

“Forest Service land managers across the country rely on the support of our area partners. This is a great effort by our partners to encourage the community to participate on these efforts on the Hermosa. We have a big workload ahead and the Hermosa Restoration Project is just the beginning,” stated Kara Chadwick, San Juan National Forest Supervisor.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the following projects:

Trail Restoration:
Trailwork on Hermosa Creek trail. This project will improve the backslope of the tread which sloughed off in several areas of the trail after the fire left the soils unstable. Led by Trails 2000, trail users should plan to mountain bike to the worksite. No experience is necessary, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and lunch for the entire crew. Volunteers are required to sign up at www.trails2000.org

Interpretive and Stewardship Hikes:
Interpretive hikes to the old-growth stands affected by the 416 Fire led by SJMA and MSI: 1.5 hour long (~2.5 miles) departing at 9:30 and 10:30 for those 8 years and older. Kids carried and packs accepted.

A 2.5 mile stewardship hike up the Jones Creek trail led by MSI where participants will learn about the importance of native plants and contribute to forest recovery by pulling weeds and planting native seeds.

Children’s Activities:
For children ages 6 to 12 will make seedballs comprised of sand, dirt and native seed. The balls dry out and are thrown into areas of intensive burn to help native plants recover. Led by MSI.

Children under 6 can participate in educational activities led by Durango Nature Studies.

Those interested in attending must sign up at sjma.org or trails2000.org.

Hermosa Restoration Project
When: Saturday, August 10 9a-12noon
Where/Directions: Please plan to carpool. North on 550 to FS Road 576, head up road to the campground
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a lunch, water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and lunch for trail work volunteers.
RSVP: Please sign up at:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094da9ad2caaf58-hermosa1

What is Leave No Trace?

July 2, 2019

What is Leave No Trace?

In 1994, Leave No Trace was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. This was the beginning of an era for conservation minded outdoor adventurists.

Leave No Trace is, essentially, a code of ethics. These ethics concern how we interact with the outdoors– especially when it comes to leaving behind potentially harmful waste, creating dangerous situations, and removing nature from their rightful places. There are seven key guidelines that inform the Leave No Trace mantra. Each one centers around respecting the environment and minimizing our impact on the world around us.

Trails 2000 promotes Leave No Trace ethics in our TrailKids program and through our educational efforts. Here are the 7 Key Facets:

The Seven Key Facets of Leave No Trace

Plan ahead and prepare well   

Taking the time to thoroughly plan trips in advance helps you make conscious decisions and prepare for unexpected challenges. Giving yourself ample time to prepare ensures that you can take every step possible to minimize damage to the land. Not only is it a great way to ready yourself to Leave No Trace, but it also ensures your safety for the duration of your trip.

Travel and camp only on durable surfaces

Travel should be restricted only to marked trails whenever possible. Make sure you understand the regulations surrounding areas you explore thoroughly to ensure you’re adhering to rules and minimizing your impact on the environment.

Regardless of where you walk or set up camp, be sure you do so on durable surfaces. Rocks, sand, and gravel are ideal because they can stand up to constant trampling. Don’t cause damage to delicate surfaces just to snag a good view.

Properly dispose of waste

Much of the waste we leave behind after outdoor adventures won’t begin to decompose for decades (if it does at all). Even biodegradable or “eco-friendly” waste belongs in trashcans– not sitting out where it has the potential to harm wildlife. Remember, pick up your dogs poop bags, too because they can’t.

Leave what you find

Removing rocks, plants, and archaeological artifacts from their natural environments robs others of the chance to experience a sense of discovery.

For the sake of your surroundings and your peers, it’s best to take nothing but memories.

Minimize campfire impacts

Campfires have the potential to be catastrophic if not properly managed. If you must build a campfire, camp where wood is abundant and don’t build fires at high elevations or in desert settings. Once your fire is extinguished, there should be no evidence that it was ever there. Douse your fire with water.

Respect wildlife

Respecting wildlife helps keep animals and humans safe. Considerate outdoor enthusiasts take steps to observe wildlife from afar. Allowing animals the freedom to roam uninterrupted is a central part of preserving our natural ecosystems.

Be considerate of other visitors

Its just good policy: treat others the way you want to be treated. Trails 2000 suggests the idea of “Just Say Hi” when passing other trail users. A smile does wonders.

How Trails 2000 is Making a Difference

Since 1989, our team has been dedicated to connecting communities. Whether we’re out working to modernize and maintain trails or educating the public, our work is always informed by our commitment to preserving the natural landscapes around us. We work to improve trails across Southwestern Colorado and hope that you’ll consider “leaving no trace” the next time you venture out onto one of our numerous breathtaking, immersive trails.

Become a Trails 2000 contributor or consider donating to fund the program today. Still have questions? Let’s talk about ways that you can get involved in your community and help build trails that will be enjoyed by generations to come. Drop us a line. We’d love to chat with you about all things trails, connectivity, and community.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Please Volunteer to Complete the Trail Intercept Study

June 26, 2019

Volunteers Needed to Help Conduct Trailhead Study in July

Due to the fires, we were forced to cancel the Trail Intercept Study last year. Please help us complete the trailhead survey by volunteering for the dates in July.

Please sign up to help Trails 2000 conduct a Trail Impact Study during the 2019 trail season to gain insight into annual trail use in Durango. Volunteers are needed to administer the survey this July; sign up is now available below.

The simple, three-question survey aims to collect demographic information about trail users, such as gender, age, and hometown, as well as trail use data including trail location, activity, frequency, and date of use. The data collected will provide insight into the number of people who use the trails annually, as well as help demonstrate the economic benefits of hiking, mountain biking, trail running, walking and other trail recreation activities in Durango.

How to Volunteer – Registration Form

Volunteers will be stationed at various in-town and high country trailheads where they will interact with users who pass by, requesting they complete the short survey. Volunteers must be 18 or older and have transportation available to them. Volunteers should meet at the trailhead during their designated shift time and dress accordingly to be outside for the duration of their shift, i.e. wear proper sun protection. Sun hats and camp chairs are available from Trails 2000 if needed, and volunteers will receive snacks, beverages and swag, along with a great sense of support for trails.

 

Trail Work
SkyRaider TrailWork: Please Join Us!

June 10, 2019

Please join Trails 2000

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at SkyRaider

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When: Wednesdays and Thursdays in June

Where/Directions: From the intersection of  Main and 9th Street, Head south on Main Ave toward E 9th St. Turn left onto E College Drive. Continue straight to stay on E College Drive. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto College Dr/Goeglein Gulch. Turn right onto Jenkins Ranch Rd. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Jenkins Ranch Rd. Turn right onto Red Mountain Dr and look for the Trails 2000 worktruck. Please, walk or ride your bike. Please do NOT park on Molas Drive.

Total distance from downtown is 2.5 miles and travel time is less than 10 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders who will provide all tools and instruction.


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, gloves and water.

Please Register for Trailwork!

Wednesday, June 12   REGISTER HERE

Thursday, June 13       REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, June 19   REGISTER HERE

Thursday, June 20      REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, June 26  REGISTER HERE

Thursday, June 27      REGISTER HERE

Saturday, June 29      REGISTER HERE

Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each week, as well as additional 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!

Snow, Avalanches and Summer Planning

May 30, 2019

Thousands of down trees remain after an historic avalanche year. The Trails2000.org Trail Conditions report is updated regularly from Trail Reporters. The US Forest Service has issued a release stating the following regarding trail, road and camping access.

Travel to the upper reaches of San Juan National Forest continues to pose challenges. Due to a historic avalanche season, late-season snow, and wet conditions, some recreation areas or roads are still inaccessible. Debris movement through waterways, culverts, across trails and high-water runoff continues. Dead trees can fall at any time. Don’t camp or park near dead or discolored trees and keep away during strong winds. Know before you go, call the Ranger District you plan to visit to check local conditions.

At lower elevations, many roads and campgrounds are open for travel, while upper elevation campgrounds and popular dispersed camping sites remain under snow. Current campground, road, and trail information can be found on the San Juan National Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/ In order to ensure a camping spot, advanced reservations are recommended at popular developed campgrounds by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the World Wide Web at www.recreation.gov

If you’re considering a wilderness trip this year, it’s not too early to start thinking about how this deep snowpack will affect your plans, particularly in the early part of the summer. Some things to expect: challenging route finding, swift creek crossings, icy passes, and debris blocked trails.

The Hermosa area affected by last summer’s 416 Fire reopened earlier this month. However, some trails may be impassable due to burned area hazards such as falling trees, unstable soils, and debris flows. Forest officials remind travelers that bicycles and motorized vehicles are required to stay on designated trails in the Hermosa Creek Watershed Special Management Area. The area and trails closed by last summer’s Burro and Plateau fires have also reopened with similar fire related hazards. Entry into burned areas is at your own risk.

With the heavy snow year, last summer’s wildfires, and standing or fallen beetle-killed trees, Forest staff will continue to monitor and assess conditions and let the public know when things change. Saturated soils also have the potential to cause landslides and road slumping. Be prepared to turn around when slides have crossed roads or roads have eroded away. As personnel and time allow, trail clearing and reconstruction will be targeted where needed.

Iron Horse Mountain Bike Race and Trails

May 23, 2019

This Sunday is the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mountain bike race.
When: Sunday May 26,0:00am to 6pm
Trail Impacts include:
Where: Nature Trail, Rim Trail, Chapman Hill, Factory Trails at Fort Lewis College, and Lamp Post Trail…For those using the Sky Steps, the Nature Trail crosses the Sky Steps. FYI. #ShareTheTrail

What’s Up With this Weather?

May 22, 2019

Many of you are asking what trail conditions are like with this rain. We recommend waiting 12 hours without any precipitation before venturing out…there is water running down the trails in many locations and mud will stick to your shoes and/or derailleur and tires. Friday looks sunny so plan your adventure for Friday afternoon. Happy Trails!

Trail Work
National Trails Day, June 1, 2019

May 13, 2019

Please join Trails 2000 for National Trails Day Celebration on June 1, 2019 at the Three Springs Trail.  All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spurline Trailhead. Registration is requested below. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves and water for volunteers.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Three Springs

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When: Saturday, June 1, 2019


Where/Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 550 and Hwy 160 go east on 160 to Three Springs Blvd. Go north on Three Springs Blvd. At the first roundabout make the first right continuing on Three Springs Blvd. to the second roundabout. At the second roundabout make the first right onto the gravel road and the Spurline Trailhead is 100 yards ahead on the right. Total distance from the intersection of 550/160 is 2.8 miles and travel time is less than 5 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders Jack and Oliver, who will provide all tools and instruction.
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, gloves and water.

Please Register for National Trails Day, June 1, 2019

 Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each week, as well as additional 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!

Trail Work
Trailwork Wed, May 22 and Thur, May 30: Three Springs

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the Three Springs Trail on Wednesday, May 15, from 4:30 to 7:00pm and Thursday, May 16, 2019.  All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spurline Trailhead. Registration is requested below. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves and water for volunteers.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Three Springs

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When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:30pm to 7pm.


Where/Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 550 and Hwy 160 go east on 160 to Three Springs Blvd. Go north on Three Springs Blvd. At the first roundabout make the first right continuing on Three Springs Blvd. to the second roundabout. At the second roundabout make the first right onto the gravel road and the Spurline Trailhead is 100 yards ahead on the right. Total distance from the intersection of 550/160 is 2.8 miles and travel time is less than 5 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders Jack and Oliver, who will provide all tools and instruction.
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, gloves and water.

Register for Trailwork at Three Springs: May 22, Wednesday

Register for Trailwork at Three Springs: May 30, Thursday

 Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each week, as well as additional 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!

Please Write to the BLM Today

May 10, 2019

It’s time to submit comments in support of trails and trail connects to the BLM.

Comments are due next week and submitting comments now is a great idea.

The BLM has released scoping requesting public comment on the Travel Planning Document related to our area (LaPlata, Montezuma, counties). Trails 2000 proposed more than a dozen trail concepts and unfortunately most are not included in the draft plan. Planning document look into the future, certainly we can expect that Durango will look much different in 15-20 years. and additional trails and trail connections will be more important as people seek to get out of their cars, improve their health and give back. Trails 2000 has been planning, building and maintaining trails for almost 30 years; and encouraging stewardship and volunteerism during that time.

Comments are due May 22  and we highly encourage you to email comment this week: 

BLM Proposes to:

  • Closing end of Perins Gulch to bikes
  • ReRoute and add trails on Animas Mountain making a few trails downhill bike only and other pedestrian-only
  • Closing skid ridge (in Overend) to bikes as it enters from Overend into B
  • Closing Old Car Loop (when a loop could be made)

Read the Durango Telegraph article HERE | Maps can be found HERE.

HERE’S HOW YOU SUBMIT COMMENTS:

1) Go To This Link HERE
2) Click “Comment On Document” to Submit Comments by May 22, 2019 (see picture)

Please add comments about:
Keep Skid Ridge and Perins Gulch in Overend Open to Bikes
Keep Old Car Loop open and work with area land owners for access and loop
Designate all trails in Grandview and improve routes and connections
Designate all trails in Skyline and add access to Florida Road
Improve East A Climbing area route
Create a trail connection between Twin Buttes and Overend Mountain Park per Trails 2000 proposed concepts

Trail Work
Trailwork May 15, 2019 and May 16, 2019

May 6, 2019

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the Three Springs Trail on Wednesday, May 15, from 4:30 to 7:00pm and Thursday, May 16, 2019.  All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spurline Trailhead. Registration is requested below. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves and water for volunteers.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Three Springs

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When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:30pm to 7pm.


Where/Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 550 and Hwy 160 go east on 160 to Three Springs Blvd. Go north on Three Springs Blvd. At the first roundabout make the first right continuing on Three Springs Blvd. to the second roundabout. At the second roundabout make the first right onto the gravel road and the Spurline Trailhead is 100 yards ahead on the right. Total distance from the intersection of 550/160 is 2.8 miles and travel time is less than 5 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders Jack and Oliver, who will provide all tools and instruction.
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, gloves and water.

Register for Trailwork at Three Springs: May 15, Wednesday

Register for Trailwork at Three Springs: May 16, Thursday

 Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each week, as well as additional 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!

Sign Up: Hermosa Ambassadors Needed

April 27, 2019

Please sign up today to help greet and inform visitors at the Lower Hermosa Trailhead next week:

May 1, May 3 and May 4:
https://tinyurl.com/y6yzvmx3

Trailwork Party: Sign Up for Thursday, May 2

April 26, 2019

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the Three Springs Trail on Thursday, May 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spurline Trailhead. Registration is requested below. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves and water for volunteers.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Three Springs

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When: Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:30pm to 7pm;
Where/Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 550 and Hwy 160 go east on 160 to Three Springs Blvd. Go north on Three Springs Blvd. At the first roundabout make the first right continuing on Three Springs Blvd. to the second roundabout. At the second roundabout make the first right onto the gravel road and the Spurline Trailhead is 100 yards ahead on the right. Total distance from the intersection of 550/160 is 2.8 miles and travel time is less than 5 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders Jack and Oliver, who will provide all tools and instruction.
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, gloves and water.

Register for Trailwork at Three Springs: https://www.eventbrite.com/manage/events/60913940235/basicinfo

 Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each week, as well as additional 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!

Trailwork Kick-Off Thursday, April 27, 2019

April 21, 2019

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the Three Springs Trail on Thursday, April 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spurline Trailhead. Registration is requested below. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves and water for volunteers.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Three Springs

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When: Thursday, April 27, 2019 4pm to 7pm; please come for as much or little time as you can.
Where/Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 550 and Hwy 160 go east on 160 to Three Springs Blvd. Go north on Three Springs Blvd. At the first roundabout make the first right continuing on Three Springs Blvd. to the second roundabout. At the second roundabout make the first right onto the gravel road and the Spurline Trailhead is 100 yards ahead on the right. Total distance from the intersection of 550/160 is 2.8 miles and travel time is less than 5 minutes. You’ll meet Trails 2000 crew leaders Jack and Oliver, who will provide all tools and instruction.
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, gloves and water.

Register for Trailwork at Three Springs:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/durango-trails-2000-trailwork-april-25-2019-registration-60495912904

Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each Wednesday, as well as other announced days and times, throughout the trail season. Sign up for our FREE Trail Talk E-Newsletter in the upper right hand corner of our website for details and announcements.

Happy Trails!

Share Your Trail Photos with Us!

April 9, 2019

Calling all trail users! Trails 2000 is currently gathering photos of trail use and outdoor recreation for upcoming marketing projects, and we would love to feature photography from you, our active trail users.

Please help us update our photo library with photos of you out on the trails hiking, biking, running, backpacking, walking, with children, dogs, and families.

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see what specific regions or trails we’re looking for each week and then post your own photos to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ShareMyTrailPhotos. Each week 5 winners will receive a Colorado Trail poster.

Thank you for supporting Trails 2000!

Don’t Miss the Trails and Ales Party on April 22!

March 6, 2019

You’re invited to join Trails 2000 for our annual spring membership event to kick off the 2019 trail season: the Trails and Ales Party, on Monday, April 22, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Carver Brewing Company. Held on the annual recognition of Earth Day, this event gives all outdoor enthusiasts a chance to mix and mingle, learn more about how to get involved with Trails 2000, and give back to the trails in and around Durango. The event will feature live music from Space Between Shadows, 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. Trails 2000 believes that great trails build great communities and great communities build great trails. This is an event that strengthens both of those elements!

Stay tuned! As Trails 2000 gears up for the 2019 season, the organization will host a Trailwork Kickoff Party. More details will be announced here, and all weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike will be invited to come out for a fun work day to kick off the 2019 trail season. Details and volunteer sign up to be announced.

Trails 2000 hosts over 30 public trailwork parties on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the trail season, including the annual Colorado Trail (CT) Work Weekend in mid-June 2019. 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 28, 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.

We hope to see you at our Trails and Ales Party on April 22!

Happy Trails!

Registration Closed: 2019 Trail Crew Leader Training

Crew Leader Training hosted by Trails 2000 and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
April 12-13, 2019 – 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, April 12 and 13, 2019. 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 instructor Kim Frederick, who brings many years of experience in sustainable trail design and crew leadership.

Attendees will learn and practice construction and maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees will receive educational materials and handouts necessary for a successful and fun experience.

Upon competition of the program, Trails 2000 may hire interested and qualified crew leaders for the 2019 season to assist the organization during public trailwork days.

  • When: Friday, April 12, from 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 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, minimum age requirement is 18 years.
  • 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. Meals are not included; attendees should bring their own food. More information will be emailed to attendees following registration.
  • Cost: Free to those who commit to four hours of volunteer time with Trails 2000 prior to June 15, 2019.

Space is limited and class fills up quickly. Registration is now closed – thank you to all who registered.

Winter Trail Reporters Wanted

February 26, 2019

Are you out and about fat biking, ski-touring, hiking? We need your help to update the Winter Trail Conditions page. Please submit photos and a brief update on trail conditions in our area from Horse Gulch to Sand Canyon and beyond and email us at info at trails2000 dot org or  via Contact on the website and we’ll get your email. Thank you for helping collect winter trail information to keep the trail community informed! Happy Trails.

Application Closed: Trail Operations Manager

January 30, 2019

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?

Trails 2000 seeks a full time, seasonal Trail Operations Manager interested in the planning, building, and maintenance of area trails; managing volunteers; laying out and mapping trails; and balancing cerebral office work with physical trailwork.

The ideal candidate must be a hard worker with a love for the outdoors and creating great trail experiences for all types of trail users; know how to work with varying leadership styles, community members and youth; have excellent written and verbal skills; and aptitude for using mapping software or Google Maps.

A typical work week includes a Monday morning meeting with the Executive Director to evaluate a work plan that you’ve prepared and updated, followed by Tuesdays through Thursdays in the field laying out trails, doing recon on maintenance projects, and coordinating and leading volunteer crews during weekly trailwork projects (Tuesday and/or Wednesday evenings and some weekends). Weekly duties also consist of meeting with and presenting to land managers (both in the field and in office meetings), creating maps for presentation or review, and maintaining tools and trucks. Head outside and enjoy the fruits of your labor during most three-day weekends; work includes 1-2 weekends a month and typical field months run from late March to late October.

The position provides a fun and organized office space, work computer, and the opportunity to build on a three-decade history of organizational success while infusing your creativity and expertise into the organization.

Salary based on experience.

For full job description, click here.

TO APPLY:

Applications are now closed – thank you for your interest in Trails 2000.

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