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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Seasonal Wildlife Closures in Effect Dec. 1

March 12, 2018

Video campaign highlights importance of respecting seasonal wildlife closures in Durango – in effect Dec. 1, 2018

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, 2018, until April 15, 2018, 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.

Happy Trails!

Schedule Donations Now for Colorado Gives Day

November 16, 2018

Photo: Scott DW Smith

Give where you live & play | Donate to Trails 2000 for Colorado Gives Day

So many of us – whether locals or visitors; recreation-ists or commuters; mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and more – use the trails. So why not give where you live and play? Trails 2000 invites Coloradans and all outdoor enthusiasts to support our efforts to plan, build and maintain the over 300 miles of trails in Durango, Colorado by donating to your local nonprofit trail organization on Colorado Gives Day, December 4, 2018.

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. The event is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round, online giving website. Visit Trails 2000’s CO Gives profile, to make your safe and secure donation in a few easy steps.

Schedule Donations Today

Donations can now be made online by visiting Trails 2000’s CO Gives profileOnce on our profile, simply click the “Donate” button. Add your donation amount and press the “CO Gives Day” button to schedule it. Complete the other fields and click “add to cart.” Continue checking out by logging in or creating a donor account, entering your payment information, and then submit. Scheduled donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 4.

Please give today and help support Trails 2000’s ongoing work to maintain the trails you love in the community where you live!

Give Now to Your Trails: Year End Campaign

November 12, 2018

Your Trails | Our Community | Give to Our Year End Campaign

2018 memories will be centered around the 416 fire, greatly impacting our residents, area businesses, and beloved Hermosa area trails. Yet, now more than ever, Durango is known for its resilience and our shared trail experiences. From building the Spur Line Trails at Three Springs and NICA Colorado High School league state championship course to clearing trees on the Colorado Trail, Trails 2000 is your trail partner. This season alone our volunteers – led by trained crew leaders – provided over 4,500 volunteer hours on Durango’s area trails.

2018 Accomplishments:

  • Planning and building the NICA (high school league) State Championship race course
  • Partnering with the San Juan Forest to help sign area trails closed by the 416 fire
  • Planning and building the Spur Line trails at Three Springs, including five plus miles of introductory singletrack
  • Cleared trees on the Colorado Trail, Dry Fork, Pass Trail, Engineer Mountain Trail, and Missionary Ridge
  • Partnering with the FS to improve the West Cross Creek alignment
  • Partnering with the BLM on the Sale Barn re-route
  • Maintaining over 25 trails from Stacy’s, Carbon Junction, Overend to Telegraph
  • Worked with students of all ages on the Trail Kids Program
  • Updated Trails2000.org with new blogs, maps, trail conditions and other user-friendly information
  • Facilitated our annual Trails & Ales Party at Carver Brewing
  • Organized our largest fundraiser, the annual live auction at El Moro

Over 300 miles of trail are accessible within 30 minutes of downtown Durango. Trails 2000 plans, builds and maintains our local trail network; educates trail users; and encourages connectivity on road, path and trail. Partnering with the City, County, BLM, Forest Service and private landowners to create trail connectivity, Trails 2000 relies on your support to make our work possible.

Trails 2000 would like to thank you, your family and everyone who supported us this year. Trailwork and membership are important tools for our success, and we couldn’t do what we do without you. Your financial support is essential to our continued success, and we rely on your help.

Please contribute to our year-end campaign. To volunteer, or to become a member, please sign up for our email list in the upper right hand corner of this page. Purchase your holiday cards and a commemorative, artistic Colorado Trail poster today.

 Thank you volunteers and members – Happy Holidays from Trails 2000!

Volunteer at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Sale

October 12, 2018

Registration is now closed. Thank you to all who signed up!

Watch our Fall Video & Help Us Keep in Touch

October 1, 2018

An Autumn Ride through the San Juan Mountains from Durango Trails 2000 on Vimeo.

Trails 2000 captured a unique mountain bike ride through the changing fall colors of the San Juan Mountains, nestled between Durango and Silverton in Southwest Colorado. Come take a ride with us!

After viewing, please help us keep in touch with you! We’re updating our contact database and need your help to make sure your information is up-to-date. Please fill out this form* with your email and contact information. The short, simple form takes less than a minute to complete and will ensure we can keep in touch on all things trails.

Thank you for being here – Happy Trails!

Trail Work
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!

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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 Rail Yard on Friday, October 12, 2018, to help increase monarch butterflies in 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 Rail Yard, which is accessed by driving north on Highway 550 from Durango. After the train tracks cross the highway, just past Hermosa, take the first right onto the frontage road and park along the road or in the 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. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for all volunteer participants.

Registration for this event has now closed.

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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!

Trail Work
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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