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 Party on Telegraph Trail, Sept. 26

September 20, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Telegraph Trail in Horse Gulch on Wednesday, September 26, 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 intersection of the Meadow and Telegraph, accessed from the Horse Gulch Trailhead in Durango. 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 on Telegraph Trail

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When: Wednesday, September 26, from 4-7 p.m.; please come for as much or little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Telegraph Trail; please meet at the intersection of the Meadow and Telegraph in Horse Gulch. 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 Sonic) and park in the Horse Gulch trailhead parking lot. From the trailhead, ride, hike or run up Horse Gulch Road to the Meadow Loop intersection. From there, take a right and continue on the Meadow until you come to the intersection of Telegraph, where you’ll meet the Trails 2000 crew with 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 on Telegraph Trail

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!

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Trailwork Party on Carbon Junction, Sept. 19

September 18, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Carbon Junction trail on Wednesday, September 19, 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 Carbon Junction Trailhead off Highway 3 in Durango. 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 Carbon Junction

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When: Wednesday, September 19, from 4-7 p.m.; please come for as much or little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Carbon Junction Trail; please meet at the Carbon Junction Trailhead. From Main Avenue in Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue. Turn right on 8th Ave, which turns into Highway 3. Take Highway 3 for about 2.4 miles, and turn left into the Carbon Junction Trailhead parking area (right before Hwy 3 connects to Hwy 160/550), where you’ll meet Trails 2000 crews for details/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 on Carbon Junction Trail

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!

Monarch Beautification Project, Oct. 12

September 17, 2018

Trails 2000, Durango Nature Studies, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Alpine Bank are pleased to partner to plant milkweed seeds at the Hermosa Train Yard on Friday, October 12, 2018, to help increase monarch butterflies to the area. Volunteers are needed to help plant milkweed from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the rail yard; all ages are welcome to volunteer and no experience is necessary, as all tools and instruction will be provided.

Milkweed plants are the only food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. However, milkweed has severely declined in North America due to drastic changes in land use or management. Milkweed losses and other stressors are associated with declines in migratory monarch butterflies over the past 20 years. To compensate for the loss of milkweed, gardeners across North America are helping monarchs by planting native species of milkweeds and by keeping milkweeds safe from pesticides.

The project hopes to inspire adults and youth to come give back to the community. Volunteers should meet at the Hermosa Trail Yard, which is accessed by driving north on Highway 550 from Durango; one mile north of Hermosa, turn right into the rail yard gravel parking area. All tools and instruction will be provided on site. Patti Zink, of Waterfall Ranch, will harvest milkweed pods from the ranch to transplant at the rail yard. Alpine Bank will provide refreshments, hot dogs, chips and snacks for all volunteer participants.

If interested in volunteering, please sign up for this free community event below.

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Trailwork Party on Carbon Junction/Crites Connect, Sept. 16

September 6, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 and the Durango Running Club for Trailwork on Carbon Junction and Crites Connect on Sunday, September 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Carbon Junction/Crites Connect intersection, accessed from the Carbon Junction Trailhead off Highway 3 in Durango. 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 Carbon Junction & Crites Connect

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When: Sunday, September 16, from 9am-12pm (GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Carbon Junction and Crites Connect; please meet at the Carbon Junction/Crites Connect intersection. From Main Avenue in Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue. Turn right on 8th Ave, which turns into Highway 3. Take Highway 3 for about 2.4 miles, and turn left into the Carbon Junction Trailhead parking area (right before Hwy 3 connects to Hwy 160/550). From the trailhead, head up Carbon Junction Trail until it intersects with Crites Connect (roughly 2 miles up the trail), where you will meet Trails 2000 crews for details/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 on Carbon Junction & Crites Connect

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!

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Trailwork Party on Spur Line Trails, Sept 12

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the Spur Line trails in Three Springs, Wednesday, September 12, from 4-7 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spur Line Trailhead, from where crews will carpool to the site. 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.

In partnership with Trails 2000, Three Springs officially opened the Spur Line trails in May 2018, which includes five new miles of introductory singletrack and a small pump track located off Wilson Gulch Road on the northeast side of Three Springs neighborhood. For more info, visit the Spur Line Trails page.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Spur Line Trails

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When: Wednesday, September 12, from 4-7pm (GoogleCal; iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Spur Line trails in Three Springs; please meet at the Spur Line Trailhead (directions), from where we will carpool to the worksite. We will be passing a locked gate so we request everyone show up at the designated start time to carpool and limit the number of cars on site. Folks are welcome to ride there, too. From Horse Gulch, take Cowboy to Grandview Ridge Road to the Three Springs Trails (you’ll cross a cattle guard with a kokopelli) and head east toward the Trails 2000 work truck.
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 on Spur Line Trails

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!

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Trailwork Party on Stacy’s Trail, Sept 5

August 24, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for trailwork on Stacy’s Trail in Horse Gulch on Wednesday, September 5, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Stacy’s/Cuchillo intersection. 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. Please note: The intersection of Stacy’s/Cuchillo is a distance from the trailhead (~45 minute hike), so please plan accordingly.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party on Stacy’s Trail

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When: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 4-7pm (GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Stacy’s Trail in Horse Gulch; please meet at the Stacy’s/Cuchillo intersection. 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 Sonic) and park in the Horse Gulch trailhead parking lot. From the trailhead, ride, hike or run up Horse Gulch Road to the Meadow Loop intersection. From the Meadow intersection, hike up Cuchillo Trail until it intersects with Stacy’s trail, where you’ll find the Trails 2000 crew with 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 and snacks.

Register for Trailwork on Stacy’s Trail

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!

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Trailwork Party on Hidden Valley Trail, Aug 29

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park on Wednesday, August 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Hidden Valley Trailhead (directions below). 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 Hidden Valley

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When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 5-7pm (GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park; please meet at the Hidden Valley Trailhead. 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.
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 on Hidden Valley Trails

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!

Elbert Creek, CastleRock and Junction Creek are Open; BurroFire area trails are now open

August 22, 2018

Effective Friday, August 24th, the closure area for the 416 Fire will shrink to allow public access to areas around the fire. The burned area of the 416 Fire is still closed to all public entry. Hazards are abundant within the fire perimeter; areas are still burning, dead and burned trees are falling, trails are washing out and debris flows are continuing.

The 416 Fire started June 1st and has been burning all summer. The burned area perimeter is mostly within the Hermosa Creek watershed and west of U.S. Highway 550 and is generally bounded on the south side by the Junction Creek Road (NFSR 171) north to and including the Lower Hermosa Road (NFSR 576), then west of, but excluding, the Elbert Creek Road (NFSR 581) and west of the Purgatory Ski Area boundary on the east side of the closure area. Generally bounded on the north by, but excluding, the Hermosa Park Road (NFSR 578) and Hotel Draw Road (NFSR 550) to its intersection with the Scotch Creek Road (NFSR 550.1). Generally bounded on the west and south sides by the Hermosa Creek watershed, excluding the Divide Road (NFSR 564) and Colorado Trail (NFST 520, 553 and 622) for their entirety.

The Junction Creek, Goulding and Elbert Creek roads are now open as are many segments of trails. The main stem of the Hermosa Creek Trail and the Hermosa road and campground are still closed as are many of the trails that are accessed by these roads. The Upper Dutch Creek and Castle Rock trails are now open, but Clear Creek trail and Jones Creek trail remain closed. The following is a description and a map of the roads and trails that are closed along with a map listing the BurroFire area trails that are open, part of Bear Creek trail is washed out by Gold Run but the balance of the area is open. 416FireExhibit_1_AreaClosure_SJ201820_416_FINAL_20180817 Bear CreekTrail Closure Burro Fire (003)

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Trailwork Party on Hidden Valley Trail, Aug 22

August 10, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park on Wednesday, August 22, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Hidden Valley Trailhead (directions below). 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 Hidden Valley

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When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, from 4-7pm (GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Hidden Valley Trail in Overend Mountain Park; please meet at the Hidden Valley Trailhead. 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.
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 on Hidden Valley Trails

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!

Boggy Draw Trails Closed Due to Plateau Fire

August 9, 2018

Trail closures due to the Plateau Fire in Dolores, Colorado include Boggy Draw, Bean Canyon, McNeil and McPhee Overlook trails, and access to Italian Canyon or Maverick trails. The eastern boundary comes within a mile of Highway 145. The closure encompasses an area bound roughly by McPhee Reservoir on the west, FS Road 527 on the east, FS Road 514 on the north and FS Road 249 on the south, including Boggy Draw.

The Dolores-Norwood Road is closed from the House Creek Road to Cottonwood Creek Road. Emergency staff, ranchers with livestock in the area and Kinder Morgan employees were being allowed through.

The House Creek Road, campground and boat ramp are closed, and a half-dozen campers were evacuated from the House Creek Campground about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Alternate routes to Groundhog Reservoir are via the Westfork Road, to Cottonwood Road (FR532), to the Dolores-Norwood Road north of the closed area.

Montezuma County has a call center for information on the Plateau Fire: (970) 564-4998 or (970) 564-4999

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Trailwork Party on Spur Line Trails, Aug 15

July 26, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the new Spur Line Trails in Three Springs, Wednesday, August 15th, from 4-7 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Spur Line Trailhead, from where crews will carpool to the site. 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.

In partnership with Trails 2000, Three Springs officially opened the Spur Line Trails in May 2018, which includes five new miles of introductory singletrack and a small pump track located off Wilson Gulch Road on the northeast side of Three Springs neighborhood. For more info, visit the Spur Line Trails page.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Parties at Spur Line Trails

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When: Wednesday, August 15th, from 4-7pm (GoogleCal, iCal/Outlook)
Where/Directions: Spur Line Trails in Three Springs; please meet at the Spur Line Trailhead (directions), from where we will carpool to the worksite. We will be passing a locked gate so we request everyone show up at the designated start time to carpool and limit the number of cars on site. Folks are welcome to ride there, too. From Horse Gulch, take Cowboy to Grandview Ridge Road to the Three Springs Trails (you’ll cross a cattle guard with a kokopelli) and head east toward the Trails 2000 work truck.
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 on Spur Line Trails

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!

Bid Today on Artwork Auction for Trails 2000 & Community Foundation

July 20, 2018

Support Community. Build Trails. BID Today.

Trails 2000 and the Community Foundation are excited to host an online auction for the exquisite painting, “Garden of Secrets,” mixed media on canvas by artist Shelbee Mares (pictured above). The piece is on display at the Rochester Hotel during the duration of the Community Foundation’s summer concert series in the Rochester’s Secret Garden (Wednesdays, June 25-August 29). Funds from the online auction will go directly to Trails 2000 for the planning, building and maintaining of Durango’s trail network, and the Community Foundation which aims to make Southwest Colorado a better place to live through increasing efficiency, sustainability, and success for nonprofits.

New Mexico Artist Shelbee Mares focuses on distinctive mixed media painting, using mixed mediums and various glazing techniques to create work that inspires one to look beyond what is seen—to capture not only form but the essence behind the simple narrative. She was honored with the “People’s Choice Award” (1997),  official “Spring Arts Poster Artist” (2002), and “Second Place” in the “Toast of Taos” competition (2008).

The piece is framed and measures at 75″ x 63”. It is professionally valued at $13,950. From Sorrell Sky Gallery, Durango, CO. Access the auction here.

Colorado Trail OPEN and other Forest Service Trails

July 12, 2018

The Colorado Trail from Molas to Town; Junction Creek road to the Animas Overlook, upper Hermosa Park road to Hotel and Bolam and trails outside of the Hermosa are now open. The Trail Conditions report is updated and the map shows additional details. Happy Trails!

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Trailwork Party on Spur Line Trails, July 6-7

June 28, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork at the new Spur Line Trails in Three Springs, Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, 2018. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day and should meet at the Spur Line Trailhead, from where crews will carpool to the site. 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.

In partnership with Trails 2000, Three Springs officially opened the Spur Line Trails in May 2018, which includes five new miles of introductory singletrack and a small pump track located off Wilson Gulch Road on the northeast side of Three Springs neighborhood.

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Trails 2000 Trailwork Party

When: Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, 2018; please join us for one or two day(s).
Where/Directions: Spur Line Trails in Three Springs; please meet at the Spur Line Trailhead, from where we will carpool to the worksite. We will be passing a locked gate so we request everyone show up at 8:30 a.m. to carpool and limit the number of cars on site. Folks are welcome to ride there, too. From Horse Gulch, take Cowboy to Grandview Ridge Road to the Three Springs Trails (you’ll cross a cattle guard with a kokopelli) and head east toward the Trails 2000 work truck.
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 on Spur Line Trails

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!

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Trailwork Party on Smokejumper Trail, July 28

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Smokejumper Trail on Saturday, July 28, 2018. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and should meet at the the north end of the trail, which is approximately four miles from the top of the Sugar/Skyline intersection and will take approximately an hour to walk from the four way intersection (Hyper Extended Ridge / Sugar / Skyline / Smokejumper). 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.

The Smokejumper Trail, built in late fall of 2017, starts at the top of Skyline and runs north from Raider Ridge. The trail is in honor of Durango native Joseph Philpott who died in an avalanche in 2013 and worked for the BLM as a smokejumper based in Boise, Idaho. The trail honors Philpott’s adventurous, conscientious, and dynamic nature.

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Trails 2000 Trailwork Party

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018; please join us for as much or little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Smokejumper Trail; please meet at the north end, which is approximately four miles from the top of the Sugar/Skyline intersection and will take approximately an hour to walk from the four way intersection (Hyper Extended Ridge/Sugar/Skyline/Smokejumper). Please follow the flagging to the worksite.
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 on Smokejumper Trail

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!

City Open Space and Trails to Reopen Thursday

June 21, 2018

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, all open space and trails in the City of Durango will reopen for use, with the exception of Lake Nighthorse and the surrounding shoreline, which will reopen at 7:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018.

Reopening areas include:

  • Overend Mountain Park
  • Chapman Hill and the College Mesa
  • City Open Space accessing Animas City Mountain
  • Dalla Mountain Park
  • Gardella
  • Horse Gulch
  • Mercy Open Space in Three Springs
  • Off Leash Area
  • Oxbow Preserve
  • Twin Buttes
  • Natural Surface Trails in City Open Space

Fire and smoking restrictions on city owned properties remain in effect. The closure and restriction orders issued on June 13, 2018 were difficult, but necessary decisions to make. With progress being made on the 416 fire, local emergency resources are more readily available to respond to local calls. Please remember that the entire southwest Colorado region is in an exceptional drought, with high fire danger. Exercise caution when enjoying outdoor activities.

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#416Fire: SJNF & BLM lands to Reopen Thursday

June 20, 2018

Most San Juan National Forest and Durango-area BLM-managed lands re-open on Thursday. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect.

On Thursday, June 21, at 3 p.m., the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) will re-open to the public by rescinding the Stage 3 Closure Order that has been in place since June 12. Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Durango area that closed last week will also reopen. An area around the active 416 and Burro Fires will remain closed to public entry, including the segments of the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to the Junction Creek terminus.  The BLM lands and the rest of the SJNF will remain in Stage 2 fire restrictions. Trail Conditions will be updated accordingly.

This allows campgrounds, roads, and trails to re-open, and operations to resume for those with permits and contracts for doing business on the public lands.

While recent messaging has been that one rainstorm would likely not result in much of a difference in fire danger, the weather event that southwest Colorado experienced this past weekend was not a typical event. The storm brought up to 1.5 inches of rain to some local areas, which is more rain than is received during the whole month of June on average. This was unanticipated relief to the extraordinarily dry and fire prone conditions in the region. Fortunately, the rain was delivered in a steady two-day event which did not produce mud slides or debris flows.

It may seem like a quick turn-around since last Tuesday, but both the decisions to close and re-open the SJNF were based on scientific information and a defined set of ten criteria. The criteria include measurable factors such as fuel moistures, Energy Release Component, Burning Index, and Ignition Component. Going into closure, all ten criteria were met or exceeded. Six or less criteria are projected to be met over the next week. Additionally, many out-of-area firefighting resources remain positioned around the area to respond to any new fire starts.

According to agency meteorologists and fire behavior analysts, factors which dictate the kind of severe fire behavior that were seen in the last two weeks have moderated. Even though these factors are likely to rise again as the weather returns to a hot and dry period, they are not likely to reach the previously extreme levels before the monsoon rains are expected.

SJNF and BLM Stage 2 fire restrictions PROHIBIT:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using an OPEN FLAME, including fire, campfire, stove fire, charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using liquid fuel such as white gas or kerosene. This prohibition applies to the entire San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness and developed camping and picnic grounds. Except: Devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using pressurized gas canisters (isobutene or propane) that include shut-off valves, or within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building.
  2. SMOKING. Except: Within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building.
  3. WELDING or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  4. Operating or using any INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE (e.g. chainsaw, generator, ATV) without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting USDA Forest Service or SAE approval.
  5. Operating a CHAINSAW without an approved spark arresting device, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use, or outside of the “Hoot Owl” restricted hours of 5am – 1pm.
  6. Using an EXPLOSIVE. This includes but is not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary ammunition.
  7. Discharging a FIREARM, air rifle, or gas gun.
  8. Possessing or using a MOTOR VEHICLE OFF ESTABLISHED ROADS, motorized trails or established parking areas, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle.

These temporary restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and may be increased or reduced at any time due to changes in weather and fire danger. Specifics of what is prohibited or allowed vary depending on jurisdiction, so check with the appropriate managing agency.

Agency officials wish to emphasize that conditions are still very dry and people should use extreme caution to prevent human-caused fires. Those living near fire burn scars should also be vigilant for potential debris flows and sign up with the CodeRed emergency notification system.

Kara Chadwick, San Juan Forest Supervisor, and Connie Clementson, BLM Tres Rios Field Manager, wish to thank the public, partners, and surrounding communities for their support and cooperation, and for understanding that they are working to balance protection of resources and human safety with the economic impacts to surrounding communities.

For more Forest Service fire restriction and closure information, contact the San Juan National Forest at 970-247-4874, or visit SJNF website. You can also follow @SanJuanNF on Twitter and Facebook. For BLM fire information, visit BLM website.

To report a fire on federal lands, please contact the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at (970) 385-1324.

Current Closures Due to #416Fire and #BurroFire

June 12, 2018

Closures on National Forest, City, County and Parks and Wildlife Lands

The San Juan National Forest announced a Forest-wide Stage 3 fire closure effective as of today, Tuesday, June 12, for the first time since the forest was designated a national forest more than a hundred years ago. The closure order is expected to remain in effect until the forest receives sufficient moisture to improve conditions. See map 1 below.

La Plata County has elevated to Stage III and the City of Durango Open Space and Trails are temporarily CLOSED. This includes Horse Gulch, Overend, Dalla, Animas Mountain (the access is City), the Dog Park and Lake Nighthorse. BLM trails are open if accessible and the Three Springs trails are open.

The Trail Conditions report is updated with a list of open trails and suggestions for surrounding area trails to access. This is a very difficult time for all of us and we appreciate the support of our trails community and the fire response teams. Please be vigilant.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates, and sign up for our Trail Talk E-Newsletter (in the upper left hand corner of the website) for updates on trail and forest closures due to fires in Southwest Colorado.

Thank you to all firefighting and emergency response teams for all you are doing for Durango!

Map 1 – SJNF Closures Map

Map 2 – Durango Area Public Lands Map

Hermosa Trails Closed Due to #416 Fire

June 2, 2018

The Hermosa area, including all roads and trails, is officially closed due to the 416 Fire. For your safety and that of all emergency and fire management teams, please abide by the closure. View map here. The 416 Fire, burning about 13 miles north of Durango, affects all trails in the Hermosa drainage including Hermosa Creek, Jones, Dutch, Pinkteron, Goulding, West Cross, Little Elk and Big Lick.

Beginning June 1, 2018, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will be in effect on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness. Fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property and the area’s natural resources, and are in response to the exceptional drought rating in Southwest Colorado, increased fire activity throughout the area, and continuing hot dry weather forecasts.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the San Juan National Forest means that the following are
PROHIBITED (The full list is available here):

1) Building, maintaining, attending or using an OPEN FLAME, including fire, campfire, stove fire, charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using liquid fuel such as white gas or kerosene. This prohibition applies to the entire San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness and developed camping and picnic grounds.

Except: Devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using pressurized gas canisters (isobutene or propane) that include shut-off valves, or within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building.

Temporary restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and may be increased or reduced at any time due to changes in weather and fire danger. Specifics of what is prohibited or allowed under Stage 2 restrictions vary slightly depending on jurisdiction, so a call to the appropriate managing agency may prevent disappointment or a change in plans.

For more Forest Service fire restriction information, please contact the San Juan National Forest at 970-247-4874, or visit their website here.

 

 

New Spur Line Trails Open at Three Springs

May 22, 2018

Five miles of introductory singletrack trail built by Trails 2000 and Purgatory Resort

In partnership with Trails 2000, Three Springs has officially opened the Spur Line Trails—five new miles of introductory singletrack and a small pump track located off Wilson Gulch Road on the northeast side of Three Springs neighborhood.

“We are excited to open the new singletrack and pump track that makes up the Spur Line trail network. Working with Trails 2000, we were able to lay out a sustainable design intended to work for introductory mountain bikers of all ages. So far the interest has been considerable ranging from young kids interested in using the pump track to our adult residents hoping to learn to mountain bike,” said Patrick Morrissey, President and COO of GF Properties Group, the developer of Three Springs.

Brent Brown, project manager for the GF Properties Group, conducted the initial lay-out of the trails and consulted with the Trails 2000 staff to create a sustainable trail design. Hogan Koesis, director of mountain biking at Purgatory Resort, played an integral role in building the trails as the head machine operator, working alongside Trails 2000 crew leaders and volunteers. 

“Purgatory is proud to partner with Trails 2000, the City of Durango, and Three Springs to complete this project,” stated Koesis. “I was happy to lend a hand in developing beginner terrain that is undoubtedly in high demand in the Durango area.”

“Purgatory has been a fantastic partner, acting as the high country hub for trail experiences. We’ve built many of the trails on the mountain and now that Hogan is onboard, we’ve been able to expand our partnership to a higher level,” said Mary Monroe Brown, Trails 2000 Executive Director and CEO. 

Work will continue to expand the Spur Line Trails thanks to the help of crew leaders and volunteers from Trails 2000, which recently hosted their official Crew Leader Training on the Spur Line Trails site.

“Three Springs and Trails 2000 have partnered to expand trail experiences on the future location of the Community Park in Three Springs,” said Cathy Metz, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Durango. “Trails 2000 surveys have indicated that users are seeking beginner, as well as technical trail experiences, and the City is pleased that our partners were able to deliver on those trail requests.”

Trails 2000 continues trailwork in Three Springs this season, including the addition of a Northern trail that will connect to Cowboy, Sidewinder and Horse Gulch.

View the map of the Spur Line Trails here.

©2018 Trails 2000 • PO Box 3868 • Durango, CO 81301 • 970-259-4682

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