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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#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.

Trail Work
Trailwork Party, May 16 on Mike’s Trail

May 11, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Mike’s Trail in Horse Gulch. Volunteers should meet at the top of Mike’s Trail in Horse Gulch; Mike’s is a distance from the trailhead so please plan accordingly and feel free to ride or run to the worksite. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and snacks for the entire crew.

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Trails 2000 Trailwork Party

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Mike’s Trail, meet at Mike’s Trail in Horse Gulch; from Main Avenue in Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue and turn a right. Take a left at 3rd Street (by Horse Gulch Health Campus, before the Sonic) and park in the Horse Gulch trailhead parking lot. From the trailhead, ride or run up the gravel road/trail to the Meadow Loop to Stacy’s then onto Mike’s. Crews will be near the top of Mike’s with tools and instruction. Please note: Mike’s is a distance from the trailhead, so please plan accordingly and feel free to ride or run 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, and snacks.

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!

Trail Work
Colorado Public Lands Day Trailwork, May 19

Please join Trails 2000 and Pine Needle Mountaineering for a special day of Trailwork and Trail Clean Up on Saturday, May 19, in celebration of Colorado Public Lands Day (COPLD). Crews will work from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and volunteers should meet at the intersection of the Meadow and Horse Gulch Road, accessed from the Horse Gulch Trailhead. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Registration is requested below.

Following trailwork, all volunteers are invited to a fun, family-friendly COPLD after-party celebration on Saturday night, May 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Powerhouse Science Center. Hosted by Conservation Colorado, the event features live music, dancing, food, local brews, and a public lands photo contest. Details can be found here.

Trails 2000 Colorado Public Lands Day Trailwork & Trail Clean Up

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Horse Gulch Trails, meet at the intersection of the Meadow and Horse Gulch Road; from Main Avenue in Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue and turn right. Take a left at 3rd Street (by Horse Gulch Health Campus, before the Sonic) and park in the Horse Gulch trailhead parking lot. From the trailhead, ride, run or hike up the gravel road/trail to the intersection with Meadow Loop where you will meet Trails 2000 crew leaders for 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, water and snacks.

COPLD Trailwork & Trail Clean Up Registration Form

Trail Work
Trailwork Party, May 9 on Big Canyon Trail

May 7, 2018

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Wednesday, May 9, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Big Canyon Trail. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to come volunteer for trail maintenance and give back to the trail. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

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Trails 2000 Trailwork Party

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as your can.
Where/Directions: Big Canyon Trail, meet at the Big Canyon Trailhead off Highway 550/160; from Durango, take Hwy 550/160 south (Camino del Rio) to Dominguez Drive (intersection at Walmart) and turn left onto Dominguez Drive. At the stop sign, turn left and follow the road to the Big Canyon parking lot where you will see the Trails 2000 truck parked. Sign in at the work truck for directions and details.
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.

Trails 2000 will host 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!

Volunteer for Our Trail Impact Study

April 18, 2018

Volunteers Needed to Help Conduct Trailhead Study from May to October

Please note: Registration is now full for May through July; thanks to our community we received overwhelming positive support! Please stay tuned as we will post shifts for August through October in the coming weeks.

Please sign up to help Trails 2000 conduct a Trail Impact Study during the 2018 trail season to gain insight into annual trail use in Durango. Volunteers are needed to administer the survey at various trailheads throughout Durango from May through October; sign up is now available below (for shifts May through July).

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

How to Volunteer – Registration Form

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

Interested in committing to a minimum of four shifts (20 hours)? Trails 2000 will offer paid positions for individuals who can commit to a minimum of four volunteer shifts (20 hours, $10/hour). Please specify at registration.

Registration is now full for May through July. Please stay tuned as we will post shifts for August through October in the coming weeks.

Trail Work
Trailwork Kickoff Party, April 18 on Skyline Trail

April 16, 2018

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite volunteers to the 2018 Trailwork Kickoff Party on Wednesday, April 18, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Skyline Trail. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to come kick off the 2018 trail season. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

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When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as your can.
Where/Directions: Skyline Trail; meet at the Skyline Trailhead parking lot at the end of Jenkins Ranch Road. From Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue and continue straight through the stop light. College Drive turns into Goeglein Gulch Road; take this past the round-about to Jenkins Ranch Road. Take a right and drive down Jenkins Ranch Road to the end of the pavement, where the trailhead is located on the right. Sign in at the work truck for directions and details.
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.

Trails 2000 will host 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!

Video: Got Leash?

April 2, 2018

Video campaign highlights importance of dog etiquette and safety on trails

Getting your dog outside is good for the health of both you and your dog. But hiking with a dog is different than hiking with people. It is important to be aware of dog etiquette and safety on trails and open space, including keeping your dog on a leash and packing out your dog’s waste. This week, Trails 2000 is excited to launch our second video in our 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. Video #2, entitled “Got Leash?” explains simple guidelines to help keep you, your dog and other trail users safe, as well as protect the natural environment including wildlife and vegetation.

Got Leash?

On City of Durango open space and trails, dogs must be on a leash at all times. By keeping your dog on a leash, you protect your dog and others. A leash even protects dogs from natural hazards like wildlife and other dogs on the trails and helps to protect property, vegetation, and wildlife.

Remember, not every dog is as friendly as yours. By keeping them on a leash, you can control their interactions and continue to enjoy your hike. If your dog is running off leash, it is unclear to that user how your dog is going to react to them, their dog or their children.

When choosing a leash, remember to pick one that allows you to keep your dog close by your side. Longer leashes can be hazardous to other trail users.

Pack It Out!

You are required to pick up your dogs waste, as it contains pathogens, bacteria and parasites that pollute our rivers, lakes and streams. You should allows carry a poop bag to properly pack out your dogs waste. Please don’t leave the baggy by the side of the trail to grab later, since it looks like trash to everyone else.

Keeping your dog on a leash is a simple and courteous thing to do, both for you, your dog, other trail users, and the natural environment. Please always keep your dog on a leash and pack out your dog’s waste.

Watch the video here or by clicking the video above. Missed video #1 in our series, entitled “It’s Up To Me” on the important of abiding by seasonal wildlife closures? Click here to watch today. Campaign videos were made possible through Trails 2000’s receipt of the Partners in the Outdoors grant from 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!

Trails and Ales Party is April 11

March 23, 2018

You’re invited to join Trails 2000 for their spring membership event to kick off the 2018 trail season: our annual Trails and Ales Party, on Wednesday, April 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Carver Brewing Company. Come meet and mingle with trail enthusiasts, learn more about how to get involved with Trails 2000, and give back to the trails in Durango. Sponsored by First National Bank, the event features trail swag giveaways, a delicious spread of chili and salad, and a beer, glass of wine or root beer from Carvers to anyone who joins, renews or gives to Trails 2000.

Proceeds from the Trails and Ales Party directly support Trails 2000’s mission to plan, build and maintain Durango’s trail network, educate trail users, and encourage connectivity on road, path, and trail. With over 300 miles of trails within 30 minutes of downtown, Durango is a trail mecca! Partnering with the City, County, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private landowners, Trails 2000 and our cadre of volunteers contribute over 3,500 hours of trailwork on these lands.

Stay tuned! Save the date for our 2018 trailwork season Trailwork Kickoff Party on Wednesday, April 18. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to come out for a fun work day to kick off the 2018 trail season; details and volunteer sign up to be announced.

Trails 2000 hosts over 30 public trailwork parties on Wednesdays and other scheduled days throughout the trail season, including the annual Colorado Trail (CT) Work Weekend in mid-June 2018. The fun-filled camping weekend includes work on Trails 2000’s adopted section of the CT, sections 28.2 and 28.3 from Champion Venture to Junction Creek, totaling 19.1 miles and the longest adopted section in the state. Trails 2000 will also host a work day and celebration on Saturday, September 29, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

No experience is necessary to volunteer at trailwork, and Trails 2000 provides the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. For more information on upcoming trail events, please visit our Trail Calendar.

Happy Trails!

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!

Round Up for Trails at Kroeger’s Ace Hardware!

March 7, 2018

You can support Trails 2000 by Rounding Up for Trails 2000 March 8 through March 19:

Registration Closed: Trail Crew Leader Training

February 23, 2018

Crew Leader Training hosted by Trails 2000 and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
May 4 & 5, 2018 – Durango, Colorado

Trails 2000 has teamed up with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s (VOC) Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) to offer an exciting training program for trail crew leadership in Durango, Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, 2018. The two-day Trail Crew Leader Training will introduce the fundamentals of successful volunteer crew management and is open to all levels of trail experience, from beginner to long-time volunteer. The training program is taught by long-time OSI instructors, Kim Frederick and Jim “Patch” Patchell, who bring many years experience in sustainable trail design and crew leadership.

Upon competition of the program, Trails 2000 will hire interested and qualified crew leaders for the 2018 season to assist the organization during public trailwork days.

  • When: Friday, May 4, from 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Who: Those interested in joining Trails 2000’s team as a crew leader; all levels of experience welcome, from beginner to long-time volunteer.
  • What: Course includes classroom sessions, field exercises and role playing to introduce construction/maintenance of sustainable trails, leadership strategies and techniques, tool use, and safety. All trainees receive a Crew Leader manual, set of quick reference cards, and other materials that make for a successful leader. Snacks and beverages will be provided on Friday, May 4, and coffee/tea, baked goods and fruit on Saturday, May 5; attendees should bring their own lunch.
  • Cost: Free to those who commit to four hours of volunteer time with Trails 2000 prior to June 15.

Space is limited and class fills up quickly; reserve your spot today.

Registration is now closed.

CLOSED: Now Hiring: Durango Trail Crew Lead

February 16, 2018

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to join a leading nonprofit organization in the outdoor industry? Do you want to live in a mountain town community, while making a significant positive impact on the lives of residents and visitors? Are you passionate about the outdoors and wish to combine your passion for trails and recreation with a career in the outdoor industry?

Durango Trails 2000 — local nonprofit trail organization in Durango, Colorado — is hiring for a full-time Trail Crew Lead. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader with expertise in the design, maintenance and development of system trails, including a knowledge of sustainable trail construction, group facilitation expertise, and strong project management skills. Working with and reporting to the Executive Director, the right person will also have a keen understanding of the importance of interacting with volunteers, the public and land managers and their role as an ambassador on and off the trail. Opportunities for professional development related to the job are available.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversees scheduling, planning and facilitation of construction and maintenance on trails
  • Supervises crews of students, volunteers and work groups in a safe working environment
  • Manages team of crew leaders, including training, scheduling and support
  • Develops relationships and collaborates with land managers
  • Tracks upcoming trail projects and schedules trailwork activities
  • Lays out and flags trails for re-routes and maintenance
  • Creates maps for future trail alignment proposals and trail maintenance areas
  • Assigns tasks and provides safety and training for crews
  • Oversees trail tools and truck maintenance

For full job description, click here.

TO APPLY:
If interested, please complete the online application below. A PDF resume is required when applying. Resumes must be submitted by Monday, February 26, with availability to work in Durango starting March 15. No phone calls, visits or mail please.

The application process is closed. Thank you.

BLM Meeting Weds. January 31

January 27, 2018

Join the BLM to share your trail ideas for consideration in the upcoming Tres Rios Field Office Open House taking place this Wednesday, January 31 from 5p to 7pm at the Durango Public Library  (1900 east Third Avenue).

Trail Work
Year End Trailwork Party, Dec. 15

December 11, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to join us for a Year End Trailwork Party at Three Springs Trails on Friday, December 15, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Come for FREE hot cocoa and candy canes! Volunteers should meet at the Trails 2000 work truck in Three Springs via the directions below. No experience is necessary, and all tools, instruction and safety, gloves, and water and snacks will be provided for the entire crew.

Trailwork at Three Springs Trails

When: Friday, December 15, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: From Durango, take US Highway 160 east and turn left onto Three Springs Blvd. Stay right at the first roundabout. At the second roundabout, turn right and follow the dirt road north for less than a mile. Stay right and cross a cattle guard. When you pass a red barn, turn right on the next dirt road. The Trails 2000 truck will be straight ahead where you can meet crews for details and instructions.
What to Wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.

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Trail Work
Trailwork at Three Springs

December 1, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork at Three Springs Trails on Thursday, December 7, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Trails 2000 work truck in Three Springs via the directions below. No experience is necessary, and all tools, instruction and safety, gloves, and water and snacks will be provided for the entire crew.

Trailwork at Three Springs Trails

When: Thursday, December 7, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: From Durango, take US Highway 160 east and turn left onto Three Springs Blvd. At the second roundabout, turn right and follow the dirt road north for less than a mile. After you cross a cattle guard and pass a red barn, turn right on the next dirt road. The Trails 2000 truck will be straight ahead where you can meet crews for details and instructions.
What to Wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.

Subscribe to our FREE TrailTalk Enewsletter to stay in the know about all things trails.

Year End Campaign: Give Now. Get Outside Today.

November 16, 2017

As the leaves fall and snow returns to the high country, Trails 2000 reflects on a successful trail season thanks to members, volunteers and all who contributed to help build and maintain the vast, world-class trail network in Durango. We could not do what we do without YOU. Our members, volunteers and community supporters are critical to the work we do, and all types of support—from volunteering to financial contributions—make the work of Trails 2000 possible.

This year we accomplished more work than ever making the fundraising efforts ever more important. In 2017, Trails 2000 worked with over 600 community members during 6,000 hours of volunteer trailwork on 40-plus area trails with trail crew leaders and certified crew leaders to oversee volunteer teams. Notable milestones include:

  • SkySteps: Planned and build 550 steps connecting town to Fort Lewis College
  • New trails: Cap’s Connect, Sugar, Skyline and Smokejumper
  • Colorado Trail: Over 175 downed trees cut by our team of certi ed sawyers and removed o the trails
  • High Country Trails: Pass Trail, Engineer Mountain Trail, West Cross, Dry Fork, Haflin Creek, Stevens Creek and Missionary Ridge to name a few
  • Collaborated with dozens of organizations and business on trailwork
  • Completed trails master plan
  • TrailKids: Over 500 students served in the TrailKids ecology program
  • Organized a Stewardship conference for SW Colorado
  • Partnered on a grant for the Animas River Trail
  • Updated Trails2000.org with new blogs, maps and trail conditions
  • Facilitated our annual Trails and Ales party and Trail Reporter training
  • Held our 2nd annual Happy Trails festival

Please join us as we continue our mission to plan, build and maintain trails, educate trail users, and encourage trail connectivity by contributing to our year end campaign to help create positive trail experiences for all users.

Great Trails Build Great Communities. Give Now. Get Outside Today.

Learn about other ways to give (Holiday Store and Colorado Gives), and subscribe to our FREE TrailTalk Enewsletter to stay in the know about all things trails.

Trail Work
Smokejumper’s Trailwork this Saturday

November 3, 2017

Trails 2000 invites volunteers to Trailwork on Smokejumper’s Trail on Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come help build the new trail (learn more), which will start at the top of Skyline and run north from Raider Ridge. Volunteers should meet at the top of Skyline Trail (see two access options below); please note: it takes a bit of planning to get to the work site so plan accordingly. No experience is necessary, and Trails 2000 crews will be on site with all tools, instruction and safety tool talk, gloves, and water and snacks.

Trailwork on Smokejumper’s Trail

When: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; please come for as much or as little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Meet at the top of the Skyline Trail; Two access options (please note: both options require a bit of planning to get to the work site):

  • Option 1: From the Skyridge Neighborhood, head up Skyline to the top, where you’ll see trail flags heading north to the work site. To get to Skyline: Take Florida road north to College Drive, head up to the Skyridge Neighborhood, turning left onto Jenkins Ranch Road. Drive down the road to the end where there is a ten spot parking lot and hike or ride to the top. It takes 45 minutes to walk up Skyline and another 10 minutes from the intersection of Skyline and Smokejumper’s to the work site
  • Option 2: Park at the Horse Gulch trailhead and ride up Horse Gulch road to the Sugar Trailhead (the Trails 2000 truck will be parked there, the trail has a large rock cairn); ride up Sugar to the flagged trail on your right to the end where it intersects with Smokejumper’s and Skyline. Head north on Smokejumper’s for 10 minutes and you’ll see the crew.

What to wear to Trailwork: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water and snacks.

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