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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Safe Trail Use During COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Mar. 26 Update: The Colorado Stay at Home Order that went into effect March 26 at 6:00 a.m. continues to allow exercise outside the home, and travel via foot, bike or car to trailheads. Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, biking, or running are still permitted under the order. State parks will remain open for the previously-mentioned activities.

The COVID-19 situation and subsequent Stay at Home Order by San Juan Basin Health is not something to be taken lightly. Getting exercise and getting outside is extremely important for our wellbeing and mental health, but we must keep open spaces safe and uncrowded. Here’s what Durango Trails 2000  is doing, and our recommendations for safe trail use during this time.

 

TRAILWORK EVENTS ARE POSTPONED

All Durango Trails 2000 trail building events, parties and other social events are postponed until such time as group activities are deemed safe again. We continue to look forward to our upcoming 2020 Trailwork Kick Off Event, as well as our 30th Anniversary Celebration, and we will update you when new dates have been chosen for both.

 

TRAILS: THE GATEWAY TO OUTDOOR RECREATION

The March 26 Governor’s Order lists biking, walking, hiking and other outdoor activities as essential, permitted activities while following social distancing. In order to comply with all social distancing orders, do not organize a group activity of more than 2 people who don’t live in the same household. Please remember, no matter how you choose to get outdoors, social distancing is not optional. Please abide by all guidelines and rules listed below.

GRAVEL RIDING

Our trails have been very busy since COVID-19 was first detected, so now is a great time to explore https://gravelmap.com/browse/colorado/durango.

No special bike required, just turn off your suspension and have a sense of adventure.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Stay alert, slow down, and communicate with each other from a distance about how to proceed. With local gyms and rec centers closed, there may be new users on the trails. Now is a great time to educate the community on responsible trail use, and to be patient, exemplary stewards and neighbors. Remember, great communities build great trails and great trails build great communities.

TRAIL RUNNING

To follow proper social distancing guidelines, please do not run in groups. Please announce yourself.

DOG WALKING

Dogs must be on leash. Please don’t put anyone at risk by not having your dog on leash and please, pick up after your dog.

KEEP OPEN SPACES UNCROWDED

  • Pick off-peak times to ride, or choose less-used trail areas. If there is no available parking at a trailhead, it is too crowded!
  • Ride fewer times a week.
  • Remember to keep your dogs on a leash; this is important to help keep everyone protected and reduce the impact on emergency services.

PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Don’t carpool, unless with household members.
  • Don’t do shuttle rides.
  • Consider riding solo. If you do ride with others, keep groups small or go alone, and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance at all times.
  • Give plenty of room to all users on the trail. Instead of the Fruita Lean, step off the trail and lift your bike with you to let others pass. Please don’t take a longer path and ride off trail to avoid users.
  • When in doubt, remember the llama rule!

AVOID CONTAMINATION

  • Don’t ride if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching others’ bikes, racks or other equipment like pumps and tools.
  • Don’t share drinks, food, or anything else that goes in your mouth and can be inhaled.
  • Be mindful of your snot rockets and loogies.
  • Use the bathroom before you leave the house. Some trailhead restrooms are open but aren’t being maintained, others are closed.

KEEP TRIPS SHORT AND CONSERVATIVE

Ride and hike within your limits and don’t take risks. Now is not the time to go big; our healthcare system has enough to do without setting your broken collar bone.

KEEP IT LOCAL

  • If you can safely ride to the trailhead, please do so.
  • Communities like Moab and Salida are either shutting down lodging and camping or are requesting visitors stay home. They do not have the resources or infrastructure to handle visitors during this time and are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their own towns. 

BE SAFE AND BE SMART

We want to get outside with you when this is over, please take this pandemic seriously!

 

RESOURCES

COVID 19 and Public Lands

March 13, 2020

While we strongly agree that sunshine, getting outdoors and connecting with nature is an antidote for mental and physical and health, we are also paying attention to our land managers posting around changes regarding COVID 19. We have postponed Trailwork Kick-Off until April 11.

At this point, City Open Space, BLM, Forest Service, and private trail access areas remain open. The National Park Service states:

National parks and their facilities remain open during the coronavirus epidemic in the United States while National Park Service officials await further guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agency staff said Thursday.

“To help guide the National Park Service operational response to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19), the NPS Office of Public Health and the U.S. Public Health Service officers assigned to the NPS are closely monitoring the situation and keeping staff informed,” Park Service acting chief spokesperson Stephanie Roulett told the Traveler in an email. “They are relying on the most updated data and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), state and local public health authorities, and coordinating with the DOI Office of Emergency Management.

“The national parks are open and facilities are maintaining continuity of operations,” she added. “The NPS is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.”

The Park Service has been working to keep the public up-to-date on the situation via its public health website.

The Durango Rec Center, Chapman Hill, Durango Gymnastics and the Durango Libary will close on Monday, March 16 through April 7.

City of Durango facility closures effective Monday, March 16:

  • Durango Community Recreation Center
  • Chapman Hill
  • Durango Gymnastics
  • Durango Public LibraryAll previously scheduled Recreation and Library programs, as well as meeting room rentals, will be canceled during this closure period. We will be evaluating the ability to issue refunds or credits for recreation passes, memberships, and meeting room rentals. The City facility and program closures will be in effect through April 7, 2020. All other City facilities are still operating normally.During the closure, City staff will conduct a deep cleaning and disinfection of these facilities as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

Trail Work
2020 Trailwork Registration Now Open!

March 12, 2020

Announcing Our 2020 Trailwork Kick Off!

A note from Durango Trails 2000: In order to do our part to flatten the curve, we have postponed our First Saturdays Trailwork Kickoff. We will continue to closely monitor the news and developments about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and will announce our new kickoff date once we have more details in place.

For more information about what Durango Trails 2000 is doing in response to COVID-19, as well as guidance on how to safely enjoy our trails right now, click here. Stay safe and happy trails.


We are excited to introduce our brand-new volunteer participation program: “First Saturdays GiveBack.” Kicking off on Saturday, April 11, the First Saturdays GiveBack program will encourage the community to join us on the first Saturday of each month for trailwork events (please note, some event dates may not fall on the first Saturday due to holidays or conditions).

The calendar for the First Saturday GiveBack program is below; the community is encouraged to sign up early and claim their time before the events fill up. All events will be capped at 15 participants and advance registration is required.

No experience is necessary, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, as well as all tools, gloves, and water and lunch for the entire crew.

When: The first Saturday of the month, from April 2 to September 2, 2020 (holidays may impact the schedule); 9am to 1pm

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!

Trailwork times are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

*POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBD* Saturday, April 11 – Trail Construction: SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, May 2 – Trail Construction: SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, June 6 – Trail Construction: SkyRaider  SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, July 11 – Trail Construction: HillCrest to Rim Drive Connector SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, August 8 – Trail Construction: HillCrest to Rim Drive Connector SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, September 5 – Trail Construction: SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE

Durango Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each month, 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!

SW CO Gives

December 6, 2019


Southwest Colorado Gives is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to inspire generosity in our five county community and increase online giving for local participating nonprofits, like Trails 2000! 

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 10, and features a $1.5 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $217 million since it began in 2010. 

In the Durango area, trails create community and connect us. They are the training grounds for our youth, amateur and professional athletes, they are the place where we meet our friends and create connections.

Trails define us. This year we built and maintained world-class trails on Forest Service, BLM, County, City and private lands.

Your financial support is essential for our success, and we rely on your help. In this season of giving, we ask that you please contribute to DurangoTrails 2000.


Here is what we accomplished in 2019 with your generous donations:

 

  • Restoration & Tree Removal– We worked very hard on the Hermosa Creek Trial to repair the damage from the 416 fire.
  • Trail Construction– We built new sections on SkyRaider, Down N Out, Rocky Road, Ned’s Hill, West Cross Creek (Stagecoach), Huck ‘Em Cowgirl, and more
  • Trail Maintenance– We worked hard keeping trails in some of the classic areas great: Overend Mountain Park, Horse Gulch, Carbon Junction
  • Trail Planning and Collaboration– Once again we were fortunate to collaborate with land agency partners at the City of Durango, US Forest Service, BLM, private land owners
  • Colorado Trail Clean-Up: Over 125 downed trees cut and participated in various trail planning projects with area land managers; and worked with volunteer groups on trail work, including: Fort Lewis College, Durango Running Club, and various Scout troops
  • Education– We helped nurture the next generation of outdoor loving trail stewards through our TrailKids ecology education program
  • Community Engagement– We shared timely trail conditions, news, photos, video, and other helpful info on Trails2000.org and through social channels
  • Fundraising– We held our popular Trails 2000 Auction, the organization’s largest annual event
  • Celebration– We celebrated our wonderful volunteers and crew leaders at the annual Trails and Ales and Trailsgiving events.

Seasonal Wildlife Closures Dec. 1 through April 15

December 1, 2019

Video campaign highlights the importance of respecting seasonal wildlife closures in Durango – in effect Dec. 1, 2019

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

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

The seasonal wildlife closures go into effect Saturday, Dec. 1, 2019, until April 15, 2020, on the following areas:

Grandview Ridge

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

Animas City Mountain

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

Twin Buttes Area

  • The upper trails only, as marked.

Bodo State Wildlife Areas

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

Perins Peak

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

Watch the video here or by clicking the video above. Visit our Trail Conditions Report for up to date trail conditions. You can also learn more about wildlife in Colorado by visiting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Campaign video made possible through Trails 2000 receipt of the Partners in the Outdoors grant from the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). The videos were produced by Coldstream Creative and include local talent.

 

#OptOutside this Black Friday

November 27, 2019

Celebrate our trails this holiday season by choosing to #OptOutside on Black Friday!

Long known as one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday has more recently become known as a day to celebrate and reconnect with the outdoors, due to REI’s nationwide #OptOutside campaign.

Since 2015, REI has closed their stores on Black Friday, encouraging their employees & shoppers to go outdoors instead. This year, REI is not only encouraging the nation to #OptOutside, but to go even further and Opt to Act — by getting outside, working together to clean up our outdoors, and acting all year long to help make a difference in our environment.

We hope this year you will join us as we #OptOutside on Black Friday by getting out on our area trails and exploring all Southwest Colorado has to offer (you can check current trail conditions here before you head out). And while you’re out, Opt to Act as well; by cleaning up any waste you might come across, being mindful of your own footprint, and contributing to clean outdoor spaces. You can continue to make a difference by giving to ouryear-end campaign so we can continue our year-round work planning, building and maintaining our area trails. 

At Durango Trails 2000, we witness firsthand the connection that trails create within our community, and the joy that comes along with that connection. Our team is committed to the mission and we firmly believe that Great Communities Build Great Trails and Great Trails Build Great Communities.

Your support is what makes this possible. 

We hope that after connecting with the outdoors this Black Friday, you’ll also consider contributing to Trails 2000, so that we can all choose to #OptOutside and Opt to Act a little more often.

Happy Trails!

 

2019 Highlights: What Your Contribution Helped Us Accomplish

November 22, 2019

In the Durango area, trails create community and connect us. They are the training grounds for our youth, amateur and professional athletes, and they are the place where we meet our friends and create connections.

 

This year, your contributions enabled our team to build and maintain world-class trails on Forest Service, BLM, County, City and private lands. Working with our strong volunteer team, we were able to achieve so much to further the future of outdoor recreation in our area.

Here are just some of the great things we were able to accomplish in 2019 with your support:

Restoration & Tree Removal

Our team worked very hard on the Hermosa Creek Trail to repair the damage from the 416 fire.

Trail Construction

We built new sections on SkyRaider, Down N Out, Rocky Road, Ned’s Hill, West Cross Creek (Stagecoach), Huck ‘Em Cowgirl, and more.

Trail Maintenance

Our trailwork crews worked hard to keep trails great in some of the classic areas: Overend Mountain Park, Horse Gulch, and Carbon Junction.

Trail Planning and Collaboration

Once again, we were fortunate to collaborate with land agency partners at the City of Durango, US Forest Service, BLM, and private land owners. We are currently underway with 2020 planning; trail projects take time and we continue to work with our land manager partners on project proposals.

Trailwork

Over 125 downed trees were cut when our team participated in various trail planning projects with area land managers. We also worked with volunteer groups on trail work, including Fort Lewis College, Durango Running Club, and various Scout troops.

Education

We helped nurture the next generation of outdoor-loving trail stewards through our TrailKids ecology education program.

Community Engagement

We shared timely trail conditions, news, photos, videos, and other helpful info on Trails2000.org and our various social channels to inspire our community to connect with our area trails.

Fundraising

We held our popular Trails 2000 Auction, our organization’s largest annual event.

Celebration

We celebrated our wonderful team of volunteers and crew leaders at the annual Trails & Ales party and Trailsgiving events.

The above accomplishments would not have been possible without you!

Your financial support is essential for our success, and we are relying on your help to accomplish even more in 2020.

In this season of giving, please consider contributing to Durango Trails 2000.

 

Your contributions will allow us to continue our work and connect our community on the trails.

Our team is so grateful for all of our contributors’ ongoing support. We couldn’t do what we do with YOU, and we look forward to all we’ll accomplish together in 2020!

See you on the trails!

Winter Trail Conditions Page

Durango Trails 2000 will be moving over to the Winter Trail Conditions page on November 22. All trail reports are welcome in order to keep the page up to date with current information. Happy Trails!

Trail Conditions

E-bike meeting

November 19, 2019

The City of Durango will host a public meeting on Wednesday, November 20. The joint boards (Natural Lands and Parks and Rec) advisory board will meet at 5pm and the public comment begins at 6pm. The meeting is taking place at the Rec Center.

Please Volunteer: Sign Up to help Durango Trails 2000 at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Holiday Bloomer Sale

November 13, 2019

Volunteer spots have been filled. Thank you to everyone who signed up to help! 

 

Volunteers are needed to work the RMCF Holiday Bloomer Sale next weekend November 22 and 23, benefitting Trails 2000. It’s a fun day, helping customers with chocolate purchases (and maybe eating a piece yourself) and giving back to your local trails!

Please sign up this week. All details, along with the signup form, are outlined below.

Trails 2000 Volunteer Details for November 22 and 23, 2019

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Holiday Bloomer Sale.

This year’s sale will again benefit local organizations, which may include United Way of Southwest Colorado, Trails 2000, and Civitan International.

We would greatly appreciate volunteers on one, or both days and even for setup.  Not only would you help us with the largest sale of the year, but your work would help us contribute to these great local organizations!  Plus… employees and volunteers receive employee special pricing.

 We will need help on Friday with setup and during the evening sale (2-7 pm) and Saturday (8 am-2 pm). We have to clean up after and even sweep the floor. 

Actual sale hours are Friday 5-7 (invitation) and Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM (general public, advertised)

Most volunteers hand out candy to customers by the piece or the box, work in a section by types of candy or help carry items to the cars. You are on your feet the entire time. Volunteers team up with RMCF employees to answer questions about candy.

Subway sandwiches or pizza along with various drinks are provided for each sale with a break for eating.

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 OR Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: LaPlata County Fairgrounds

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed-toe very comfortable shoes or boots, long pants, and bring a water bottle, and a jacket (optional)

Check In at the front when you arrive

Thank you for volunteering and giving back to Durango Trails 2000!

Happy Trails!

ALL GUARDIANS MUST REGISTER IF THE PARTICIPANT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD

 

Durango Trails Town Challenge Fundraiser

November 8, 2019

Donate in honor of the Durango Trails Town Challenge to support our local trails!

Payson McElveen invites Durango to conquer every trail

Payson McElveen is ready to celebrate the end of the 2019 mountain biking season in his backyard of Durango. He wants the community to join him.

 

Ed Zink

October 13, 2019

Our friend, mentor, and hero has passed. We are forever grateful for Ed’s vision and dedication to our community. The family has requested that contributions can be made in Ed’s name to Trails 2000. You can add “Ed Zink” in the notes when making a donation to Durango Trails 2000. The funds will be set aside in a separate account.

https://durangoherald.com/articles/297746-ed-zink-bicyclist-rancher-and-durango-native-dies-at-71

 

Fall Colors and Hunting Season

October 10, 2019

The San Juan National Forest reports that Fall Color Viewing is best from Purgatory to Town
Durango to Purgatory:  ~50%
Purgatory to Coal Bank:  ~75%
Coal Bank to Molas is 90% and peaking

First rifle season for deer/elk kicks off OCtober 12-16 and Season two is October 19-27. Please wear blaze orange when out and about on the trails.

Fundraiser for Trails 2000 at Twin Buttes

September 11, 2019

Please join us in the Twin Buttes Gardens on Thursday, September 19 from 4p to 6p

Purchase tickets HERE to benefit Trails 2000:

 

 

Trailwork Party! September Events-Sign Up Here

August 29, 2019

Trails 2000 Trailwork Events for September

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When: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in September

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!

Trailwork times are from 4:30 pm to 7pm during the week and 9-12 on Saturdays.

Wednesday, September 4 – Three Springs SIGN UP HERE
Thursday, September 5 – SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, September 7 – Three Springs SIGN UP HERE
Thursday, September 12 – SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE
Wednesday, September 18 – Three Springs SIGN UP HERE
Thursday, September 19 – SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, September 21 – Vallecito SIGN UP HERE
Thursday, September 26 – SkyRaider SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, September 28 – SkyRaider SIGN UP 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!

Hematite Lake Hike

August 9, 2019

By Debra Van Winegarden on Hematite Lake:

Snacks and Meal Ideas for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

July 31, 2019

Durango embodies the outdoor lifestyle and getting outdoors is a way of life here. A quick jaunt in the Gulch, a lengthy walk around Animas Mountain, or a mountain bike excursion deep in the San Juan Mountains are all iconic activities for locals and visitors alike. But one thing’s for sure: hiking at elevation can be exhausting. One way to combat mid-hike fatigue is to come prepared with plenty of nutritional foods.

From classics like trail mix and granola bars to nut butter pouches, there’s a perfect option for any type of hiker. Whether you hit the trail after work or spend the entire weekend backpacking in the mountains, these healthy food ideas will keep you energized for the adventure ahead!

Snacks

Bars

There’s a reason bars are an iconic choice for most outdoor adventures. Quick, easy, and packable, bars are a go-to for days on the trail. Types of bars include nuts, granola, and protein-style. Clif bars have dominated the protein bar game for years, with newcomers including RX Bars, Primal Nutrition, and Perfect. Great choices for nut and granola bars include Kind, Nature Valley, Bobo’s, and Kashi.

Trail Mix

Make your own or grab a bag at the grocery store! Trail mix is the most versatile choice for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. For those on a healthy kick, include plenty of dried fruits for extra sweetness. Hint: dried fruits won’t melt on a hot day like chocolate will!

Nut Butter Pouches

A favorite for both humans a four-legged companions alike, nut butter pouches can give you an extra kick of protein during a tough ascent. Just rip one open and get to it! Justin’s has great peanut and almond butter options.

Jerky

Nothing beats the quick protein and sodium punch quite like jerky! Brands like Epic and Perky Jerky are changing the game with limited ingredients and high-quality cuts. You can also stick to classics like Jack Link’s and Field Trip for a great grab-and-go option!

Hydration

Hydration is key and adding electrolytes, especially at elevation is important to add to your daypack (Osprey makes a variety of biking, daypacks and backpacks). There’s NUUN tablets, and a variety of options but local business and Trails 2000 supporter Tailwind is a great option.

Meals

Powdered Eggs

For a lightweight breakfast on the go, consider grabbing a package of powdered eggs. Easy to cook on a backpacking stove, eggs provide natural protein and have plenty of calories to get you through the morning. Ova Easy and Mountain House have highly rated (and backpacker approved!) options.

Instant Oatmeal

Ideal for quick mornings both on the trail and off, instant oatmeal is a staple in many a hiker’s backpack. All you need is hot water!

Tortillas

Tortillas are easy to pair with prepared eggs or a swath of nut butter, making them an ideal choice to bring on the trail. Wrap up a delicious taco in the morning or prep a quick snack to eat while hiking–tortillas are the perfect vessel for any type of filling!

Instant Ramen

Sodium-rich and satisfying to boot, instant ramen is an incredibly cost-effective solution to eating dinner at camp. Top Ramen is the most notable choice, but healthier versions are easy to come by, as well. Try out Dr. McDougall’s, Lotus Foods, and Mike’s Mighty Good for a more nutritious option!

Packaged Meals

Packaged meals are a classic choice for backpackers because they were designed for ease; and these days, the options are endless. From breakfast scrambles to Pad Thai, there’s an option anyone would like. Most packaged meals just need hot water for a calorie-dense, warm, and satisfying dinner on the trail. Brands to test out are Mountain House, Good To-Go, and Backpacker’s Pantry. The well-known outdoor brand Patagonia even makes them, too!

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!

Trail Work
August Trailwork Events

July 29, 2019

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at SkyRaider and Hermosa

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When: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in August

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!

Trailwork times are from 4:30 pm to 7pm during the week and 9-12 on Saturdays.

Thursday, August 1 (SkyRaider Trail)  SIGN UP HERE
Wednesday, August 7 (SkyRaider Trail) SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, August 10 (Hermosa Restoration Project)  9a to 12 noon  SIGN UP HERE  
Wednesday, August 14 (SkyRaider) SIGN UP HERE
Saturday, August 17 (SkyRaider Trail)    SIGN UP HERE
Thursday, August 22 (SkyRaider) SIGN UP HERE
Wednesday, August 28 (SkyRaider Trail) SIGN UP 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: Please Sign Up HERE

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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 HERE:

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!

 

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