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Fall in the San Juans

Fall is the perfect time to hit the trails. Flowing through trail to the sound of golden aspen leaves under your tires or shoe tread; being outdoors rarely feels so good. There are notes of summer and hints of winter, and nothing beats being outdoors surrounded by the golden, red, yellow and green hues.

Durango Trails recommends several special places to best experience this pumpkin-spiced time of year:

Animas Mountain
Start at the trailhead on 4th Avenue, and take this 6 mile round-trip hike through the forest and up the mountain for a great view of the valley. The mountain bike, trail running and hiking trails provide a stout climb to the top, where the view from Animas Mountain into the Falls Creek Valley provides a great vista of fall colors.

Missionary Ridge
While a popular hunting area (make sure you’re decked out in blaze orange), Missionary and Steven’s Creeks embrace you with the beauty of fall. Plenty of trees abound, whether on Red or First Fork, and will tantalize leaf peepers with abundant fall colors. Check this link for more info.

Hermosa Creek Trail
While the 416 fire left its mark in the Hermosa area, the remaining trees and oak brush still provide beautiful views of fall colors along Hermosa Creek. Start with an out-and-back from lower Hermosa, or drive up to Purgatory and enter from upper Hermosa Park Road. You may encounter standing water along the way. On your way up, you can also take a detour to the Cutthroat Trail at the intersection of Relay Creek and Cascade Divide Road.

West Cross Creek
Many a local’s favorite ride is the climb up Hotel Draw Road combined with the descent down West Creek Trail back to the Upper Hermosa parking lot. The trail is a windy single track with incredible views across the aspen-covered valley.

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August Trailwork Dates Announced!

It’s nearing fall and if you haven’t given back by volunteering or donating, the time is now. August trailwork will take place on the 17th and the 31st. Click on the links below for more information:

https://www.durangotrails.org/volunteer/

Wednesday, August 17 from 5 to 7pm at Big Canyon Sign up HERE

Wednesday, August 31 on Animas Mountain from 5p to 7pm Sign up HERE

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July Volunteer Trailwork Dates Still Available!

There are two upcoming trailwork dates for July and we would love to have you join us! Click on the dates below for sign-up details:
 
1) Dry Fork on Saturday, July 23 from 9am to 1pm

2) Log Chutes on Wednesday, July 27 from 5p to 7pm

Please wear/bring closed-toe shoes, long pants, shirts, a sunhat, a backpack for water, work gloves, and sunscreen. The Crew Leaders will provide all tools and instruction.

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June Volunteer Trailwork Dates Announced!

There’s something magical about being outdoors. Fresh air, birds singing, moving along a trail or even just around the block – there’s nothing quite like it. Today, those trails and public spaces are in dire need of help, and not everyone has access to these places that calm and inspire. National Trails Day® is the perfect opportunity to get out there with the people you love, give back to the trails that bring us together, and make sure nobody is left out.
 
Connect with the people near you who share your love of being outside. Build your local community and join the nationwide movement to give back to the trails and make sure everyone can enjoy the outdoors.
 
Trails Day is this Saturday, June 4. Partnering with the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Durango, we will construct a new trail on Animas Mountain called the Lupine Loop. Volunteers will meet at the Animas Mountain trailhead and then hike one mile to the work site, working from 9am to 1pm followed by lunch. The crew will provide all instruction, tools and details. Please bring/wear long pants, closed toe shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, gloves, and a backpack to carry water and snacks.
 
Click here to sign up. If you’re interested, you can also take the National Trails Day pledge here:
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Thank You to Our Sky Steps Volunteers!

Pent-up desire to participate in volunteer events has produced incredible early-season support!

Special thanks to the 8th-grade students and teachers at Miller Middle School for their support in maintaining the famous Sky Steps.
Durango’s Sky Steps officially opened in June 2017, creating a town to sky connection from Durango to the Fort Lewis College campus, home of the Skyhawks.
Over 500 steps gaining over 250 feet in elevation along the Nature Trail in Durango make for a wonderful walking route, commute to the college, or training steps right in town.
In partnership with the City of Durango and Fort Lewis College, the steps were built entirely by Durango Trails volunteers and crews.
Durango’s Sky Steps are amongst various urban stairs that have long been recognized as fitness and tourist destinations, including the Manitou Incline near Colorado Springs, known as one of the most popular and challenging hikes in the area, and the iconic Santa Monica stairs in Los Angeles.
 
For more information, visit:
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Trailwork Registration Now Open for May & June!

Announcing Our 2021 Trailwork Kick Off!

We are excited to announce our first public trailwork dates for 2021! Please join us to help give back to our trails and community. 

The trailwork calendar for May and June is below; please note that advance registration is required for all trailwork events. Please sign up via the links below. 

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

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). Durango Trails will provide all tools, instruction, gloves and water.

May & June 2021 Trailwork Dates: Please Register!

Wednesday, May 19th  –  Skyline Trail Maintenance  SIGN UP HERE
Wednesday, May 26th  – Ned’s Hill Reroute and Maintenance  SIGN UP HERE
Friday, June 4th  – Colorado Trail Maintenance at Junction Creek  SIGN UP HERE

Wednesday, June 9th – Twin Buttes Maintenance  SIGN UP HERE
Saturday & Sunday, June 25-27  – Colorado Trail Maintenance Weekend, Campion Venture, Time and Sign Up TBD!

Durango Trails 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 for details and announcements.

Happy Trails!

2020 Trailwork Registration Now Open!

Announcing Our 2020 Trailwork Kick Off!

A note from Durango Trails: 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 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 Durango Trails will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk as well as all tools, gloves, 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). Durango Trails 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 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!

Trailwork Party on Telegraph Trail, Sept. 26

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!

Trailwork Party on Carbon Junction, Sept. 19

Please join Trails 2000 for Trailwork on Carbon Junction trail on Wednesday, September 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All weekend warriors, trail blazers, wanderers and trail lovers alike are invited to volunteer and should meet at the Carbon Junction Trailhead off Highway 3 in Durango. Registration is requested below. No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves and water for volunteers.

Trails 2000 Trailwork Party at Carbon Junction

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When: Wednesday, September 19, from 4-7 p.m.; please come for as much or little time as you can.
Where/Directions: Carbon Junction Trail; please meet at the Carbon Junction Trailhead. From Main Avenue in Durango, take College Drive to 8th Avenue. Turn right on 8th Ave, which turns into Highway 3. Take Highway 3 for about 2.4 miles, and turn left into the Carbon Junction Trailhead parking area (right before Hwy 3 connects to Hwy 160/550), where you’ll meet Trails 2000 crews for details/instruction.
What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, gloves and water.

Register for Trailwork on Carbon Junction Trail

Trails 2000 hosts public trailwork each Wednesday, as well as other announced days and times, throughout the trail season. Sign up for our FREE Trail Talk E-Newsletter in the upper right hand corner of our website for details and announcements.

Happy Trails!

Monarch Beautification Project, Oct. 12

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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