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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At Trails 2000, Share the Trail ethics are important to us and our efforts to keep trail experiences positive. In 2014, we launched our Durango Shares the Trail campaign, an educational campaign which recognizes an attitude of positive interaction and trail stewardship on the trail. To keep a positive experience for all users, we all need to do our part!
When on the trail, it is extremely important to observe the rules of the trail and mind your trail manners and be kind, respectful, and share the trail with other users. The following are simple guidelines to ensure proper sharing of the trail:
Click here to view a clip from Inside Durango TV News explaining the simple idea of sharing the trails, as well as the rules of the trail, from Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown.
1. Ride On Open Trails Only
Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. Respect seasonal wildlife closures; learn more in our It’s Up To Me video. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.
Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
According to Backpacker Magazine, Leave No Trace (LNT) (www.lnt.org) has seven principles promoting ethical, low-impact outdoor recreation. It’s easy to practice LNT’s major rules: Carry out trash, keep away from wildlife, and minimize the impact of campfires. The finer points, however—like packing out toilet paper and building small fires—are harder to follow. Here are Prof. Hike’s six tips to make the tough tenets of LNT more achievable:
Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all regulations and recommendations.
Let your fellow trail users know you’re coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don’t startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely. If someone is coming uphill, please yield.
All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (see above, or ask if uncertain). Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.
Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding — and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
By following these simple steps on the trail, we can help keep trails open by setting a good example of environmentally sound and socially responsible trail use. Let’s continue to treat one another with respect, enjoy the company of others on the trail (we are all out there to enjoy them!), and Share the Trails!
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