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Durango Trails Launches Durango Trail Love Campaign

We are excited to announce the launch of  “Durango Trail Love,” a seasonal campaign designed to promote share the trail and leave no trace ethics.

After an unprecedented trail season in 2020, Durango Trails, in partnership with Alpine Bank and area land managers, are launching a stewardship education campaign to help combat the impact on our area trails and outdoor recreation amenities.

Trails are the gateway to the outdoors. Whether you're fly fishing, fat biking, backpacking, or hiking, you're taking a trail to your adventure.

Before COVID, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable found about 50% of Americans were getting outdoors. In July of last year, the recent survey found 89% were getting outdoors, and 30% were new outdoorists.

With so many users on the trails, it's important we all practice proper Durango Trail Love and show some love back to our trails!

This campaign is intended not just to speak to visitors and new trail users, but also to remind locals and longtime trail users to lead by example, so that we can all understand how to better care for our land.

Safe Trail Use During COVID-19

Updated May 22, 2020.

The Colorado Stay at Home Order that went into effect March 26 was changed to a “Safer-at-Home” order on April 27th. It continues to allow exercise outside the home, and travel via foot, bike or car to trailheads. Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, fishing, biking, or running are still permitted under the order. State parks will remain open for the previously-mentioned activities.

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

TRAILWORK EVENTS ARE POSTPONED

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

TRAILS: THE GATEWAY TO OUTDOOR RECREATION

The current guidelines list biking, walking, hiking and other outdoor activities as essential, permitted activities while following social distancing. In order to comply with all social distancing orders, do not organize a group activity of more than 10 people and maintain a distance of 6 feet between all. Please remember, no matter how you choose to get outdoors, social distancing is not optional. Please abide by all guidelines and rules listed below.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

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

TRAIL RUNNING

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

DOG WALKING

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

KEEP OPEN SPACES UNCROWDED

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

PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Don’t carpool, unless with household members.
  • Don’t do shuttle rides.
  • Ride solo. If you do ride with others, the intention is that you only go with people in YOUR HOUSEHOLD, and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance at all times.
  • Give plenty of room to all users on the trail. Instead of the MTB Lean, step off the trail and lift your bike with you to let others pass. Please don’t take a longer path and ride off-trail to avoid users.
  • Check out our video learning series on current best trail practices
  • When in doubt, remember the llama rule!

AVOID CONTAMINATION

  • While masks are not required while recreating, please be conscious of conditions where passing one another at close proximity is required. Watch our video learning series on safe passing and keep a mask in your pack when needed, or for visiting public areas and shops.
  • Don’t ride if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching others’ bikes, racks or equipment like pumps and tools.
  • Don’t share drinks, food, or anything else that goes in your mouth and can be inhaled.
  • Be mindful of your snot rockets and loogies.
  • Use the bathroom before you leave the house. Some trailhead restrooms are open but aren’t being maintained, others are closed.

KEEP TRIPS SHORT AND CONSERVATIVE

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

KEEP IT LOCAL

  • If you can safely ride to the trailhead, please do so.
  • Do not get in your car and travel to other communities. Communities like Moab shut down camping and request visitors to stay home. They do not have the resources or infrastructure to handle visitors during this time and are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their own towns. 

GRAVEL RIDING

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

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

BE SAFE AND BE SMART

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

 

RESOURCES

2019 Highlights: What Your Contribution Helped Us Accomplish

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

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

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

Restoration & Tree Removal

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

Trail Construction

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

Trail Maintenance

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

Trail Planning and Collaboration

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

Trailwork

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

Education

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

Community Engagement

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

Fundraising

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

Celebration

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

The above accomplishments would not have been possible without you!

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

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

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

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

See you on the trails!

Cutthroat Trail Maintenance | Saturday, September 25th

September 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am 12:00 pm

Join us for trailwork on Cutthroat Trail.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Durango Trails will provide the necessary instruction, safety tool talk, tools, work gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Please note, registration is required to join us for Trailwork; please register below.

Thank you for volunteering, and giving back to your trails and community!

Cutthroat Trail Maintenance

When: Saturday, September 25th| 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (please be on time)

Where to Meet: Park at Sig Creek Trailhead at upper Hermosa Creek. From Durango, head 39 miles north on Highway 550. Turn into Purgatory Ski Resort and follow Hermosa Park Rd, Forest Rd 578, 6 miles west. It is accessible by 2WD vehicles. Look for the Durango Trails Truck parked off the Hermosa Park Road. | Click here for a map.

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sunhat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional).

Durango Trails will provide all tools, gloves, instruction and safety talk, extra water and snacks for our volunteers. We do live in beautiful, unpredictable Colorado, so please check the weather before your workday and plan to dress accordingly. If there are any changes to the trailwork date, Durango Trails will notify you ASAP via email. Please be sure to provide an email that you check regularly in the registration form below.

Thank you for volunteering and giving back to the trails that give so much!

Happy Trails!

ALL GUARDIANS MUST REGISTER IF THE PARTICIPANT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD; INCLUDE THE STUDENTS NAME IN THE BOX ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Please note, trailwork registration is capped at 15 participants for this event. If your chosen date is already full, please consider a new date to join us!

Cutthroat Trail Maintenance | Saturday, September 11th

September 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am 12:00 pm

Join us for trailwork on Cutthroat Trail.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Durango Trails will provide the necessary instruction, safety tool talk, tools, work gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Please note, registration is required to join us for Trailwork; please register below.

Thank you for volunteering, and giving back to your trails and community!

Cutthroat Trail Maintenance

When: Saturday, September 11th| 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (please be on time)

Where to Meet: Park at Sig Creek Trailhead at upper Hermosa Creek. From Durango, head 39 miles north on Highway 550. Turn into Purgatory Ski Resort and follow Hermosa Park Rd, Forest Rd 578, 6 miles west. It is accessible by 2WD vehicles. Look for the Durango Trails Truck parked off the Hermosa Park Road. | Click here for a map.

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sunhat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional).

Durango Trails will provide all tools, gloves, instruction and safety talk, extra water and snacks for our volunteers. We do live in beautiful, unpredictable Colorado, so please check the weather before your workday and plan to dress accordingly. If there are any changes to the trailwork date, Durango Trails will notify you ASAP via email. Please be sure to provide an email that you check regularly in the registration form below.

Thank you for volunteering and giving back to the trails that give so much!

Happy Trails!

ALL GUARDIANS MUST REGISTER IF THE PARTICIPANT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD; INCLUDE THE STUDENTS NAME IN THE BOX ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Please note, trailwork registration is capped at 15 participants for this event. If your chosen date is already full, please consider a new date to join us!

Cutthroat Trail Maintenance | Friday, September 10th

September 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join us for trailwork on Cutthroat Trail.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Durango Trails will provide the necessary instruction, safety tool talk, tools, work gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Please note, registration is required to join us for Trailwork; please register below.

Thank you for volunteering, and giving back to your trails and community!

Cutthroat Trail Maintenance

When: Friday, September 10th| 12:00 – 3:00 pm (please be on time)

Where to Meet: Park at Sig Creek Trailhead at upper Hermosa Creek. From Durango, head 39 miles north on Highway 550. Turn into Purgatory Ski Resort and follow Hermosa Park Rd, Forest Rd 578, 6 miles west. It is accessible by 2WD vehicles. Look for the Durango Trails Truck parked off the Hermosa Park Road. | Click here for a map.

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sunhat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional).

Durango Trails will provide all tools, gloves, instruction and safety talk, extra water and snacks for our volunteers. We do live in beautiful, unpredictable Colorado, so please check the weather before your workday and plan to dress accordingly. If there are any changes to the trailwork date, Durango Trails will notify you ASAP via email. Please be sure to provide an email that you check regularly in the registration form below.

Thank you for volunteering and giving back to the trails that give so much!

Happy Trails!

ALL GUARDIANS MUST REGISTER IF THE PARTICIPANT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD; INCLUDE THE STUDENTS NAME IN THE BOX ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Please note, trailwork registration is capped at 15 participants for this event. If your chosen date is already full, please consider a new date to join us!

Star Wars Maintenance | Wednesday, August 4

August 4, 2021 @ 4:30 pm 7:00 pm

Join us for trailwork on Star Wars in Overend Mountain Park.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Durango Trails will provide the necessary instruction, safety tool talk, tools, work gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Please note, registration is required to join us for Trailwork; please register below.

Thank you for volunteering, and giving back to your trails and community!

Star Wars (Overend Mountain Park) Maintenance

When: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 | 4:30 – 7:00pm

Where to Meet: Leyden Trailhead | Click here for map

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sunhat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional).

Durango Trails will provide all tools, gloves, instruction and safety talk, extra water and snacks for our volunteers. We do live in beautiful, unpredictable Colorado, so please check the weather before your workday and plan to dress accordingly. If there is lightning or other workplace hazards the day of our scheduled trailwork which will impact our trailwork party plans, Durango Trails will notify you ASAP via email.

Thank you for volunteering and giving back to the trails that give so much!

Happy Trails!

ALL GUARDIANS MUST REGISTER IF THE PARTICIPANT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD; INCLUDE THE STUDENTS NAME IN THE BOX ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Please note, trailwork registration is capped at 20 participants for this event. If your chosen date is already full, please consider a new date to join us!

Durango Trails Working on Animas Mountain

Working with our land management partners at the Bureau of Land Management, Durango Trails has been hard at work completing trails at Animas Mountain. The BLM fire crew cleared the lines and the Durango Trails crew has been busy installing grade reversals, outslope as well as drainage features, and finish work on the new construction. 

Logging Operations in Log Chutes

The USFS is doing a fuels thinning project in Log Chutes. The entire trail remains open.


Here are some specific details directly from the contractor: The contractor will be camping in the area above the camping closure past the overlook and traveling down to the site everyday 6:30ish.  There should be a barrier at the intersection of Logchutes Two and the JC creek road.

History of the Hermosa Creek Travel Management Plan

The US Forest Service introduced the Travel Management Plan for the Hermosa area. At the time, the plan included closing Hermosa Creek Trail and part of the Colorado Trail to bikes through a Wilderness designation.

The Hermosa Creek sub-workgroup met from 2008-2010. The collaborative, community process, which operated on consensus, involved many citizens and organizations in discussions about the human and natural values in the Hermosa Creek watershed. It was a group represented by many points of view, including water users, recreational users, state agencies, the Southern Ute tribe, conservation organizations, and US Congressional representatives.

After almost two years of work, the Hermosa Creek Workgroup arrived at a set of recommendations. Central to their work was recommending that special federal legislation be developed, introduced, and passed. Their final report and recommendations were forwarded to the US Congress in 2010.

After several years of drafts, working through committees, and changes in Congressional representatives, the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection legislation was finally signed into law on December 19, 2014, as Section 3062 in the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year 2015 (PL 113-291).

The legislation divided the watershed into a Special Management Area (SMA) and a wilderness area. Within the SMA, the legislation also delineates the East Hermosa Roadless Area (which was already a designated Colorado Roadless Area before the legislation).

The legislation states that: “The purpose of the Special Management Area is to conserve and protect for the benefit of present and future generations the watershed, geological, cultural, natural, scientific, recreational, wildlife, riparian, historical, educational, and scenic resources of the Special Management Area.”

Family-Friendly Hikes

Spud Lake, located north of Durango, is a favorite family hike.

Labor Day is just around the corner! Before school starts, here are few great family-friendly hikes to get in before or during Labor Day weekend. 

Remember to love the trails like a local by familiarizing yourself with our Durango Trail Love campaign before you head out!

For All Skill Levels:

Used as both a walking and biking path, the Animas River Trail is a hard surface path that runs alongside the Animas River where it cuts through the town of Durango. There are various points of access along the trail, with the north end of the trail beginning at the new Oxbow trailhead (39th and Main/550 north).

This is a perfect choice for an easy day stroll without a lot of elevation gain and is a popular spot for bikers, hikers, and fishermen.

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: minimal elevation gain/loss
  • Route type: Point to point
  • Rated as moderate

The Falls Creek Loop is a short, yet sweet trail located in the San Juan National Forest, just outside of Durango. An excellent choice for all skill levels, the route features colorful wildflowers in the summer, a waterfall, and forested landscapes of the San Juans.

  • Distance: 4.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 393 feet
  • Route type: Loop
  • Rated as easy

A trail the entire family can enjoy, Spud Lake Trail is an easy loop that reaches the trout-filled Spud Lake. Camping, fishing, and picnicking are popular activities to enjoy on the trail. Beaver ponds are found throughout with views of Potato Hill (Spud Mountain) visible from the trail. Take in the views of the Hermosa Cliffs, the Animas Valley, and West Needle Mountains upon reaching Spud Lake. This trail access point is found 29 miles north of Durango on U.S. Highway 550 to Forest Road 591.

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 419 feet
  • Route type: Loop
  • Rated as easy

Found in the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area, Perins Peak trail is a great hike for all ages and offers stunning views and rock climbing opportunities for those who dare.

Perins Peak is a notable and distinctive natural landmark that towers over the town of Durango. Add on the North Perins Peak for a 10-mile hike and 2,300 feet in elevation gain.

Due to seasonal wildlife closures, the trail is only open from July 15 to November 15.

  • Distance: 5.9 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,561 feet
  • Route type: Out and back
  • Rated as moderate

For More Intermediate Skill Levels:

A hike most locals would recommend, the Smelter Mountain Trail is a short but steep trail that begins in town. Perfect for an early morning workout, or an early evening (during the summer) stretch, this trail provides little shade but offers big views. The end of the trail brings hikers to a magnificent vantage point that rises above the town of Durango.

  • Distance: 3.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,374 feet
  • Route type: Out and back
  • Rated as moderate

Animas Mountain Trail is a 6-mile loop offering a great view of the Hermosa Valley, the Animas River, and the San Juan Mountains. Not only does this moderate hiking trail provide beautiful views, but its convenient access from town makes this a popular day hike for visitors and locals alike.

There is a great deal of elevation gain and the descent is rocky and a bit unstable so be prepared for this hike with hiking poles, rain jacket and good shoes. 

  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,519 feet
  • Route type: Loop
  • Rated as moderate

For a bit of a challenge and more remote trail system, check out the Goulding Creek Trail. This is a more intense hike on a steeper switchback. 

The rugged trail offers a chance to see waterfalls, open meadows, and views of the Hermosa Cliffs Roadless Area. In the fall the plentiful aspen groves light up the hike, making this particularly enjoyable in the fall season. The trail begins about 17 miles north of Durango from U.S. Highway 550.

  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
  • Route type: Out and back
  • Rated as moderate

Love the Trails Like a Local

Say Hi

Greet all trail users by saying hi when passing on the trail.

Announce Yourself

Say "on your left" as approaching other trail users from behind.

Pick Up After Yourself

Pick up after yourself and your pet. Please don’t litter.

Keep Dogs on a Leash

Keep your dogs on a leash or leave them at home. Off-leash dogs are not allowed on City Open Space and are the number one source of trail conflict.

Stay on the Trail

Help protect natural areas and habitats by staying on established trails. Creating "social trails", cutting switchbacks, or ignoring trail closures leads to greater erosion and impacts on ecosystems.

Give Uphill Traffic the
Right of Way

Uphill traffic always has the right of way. Downhill traffic must be in control, especially around blind corners, to avoid coming in contact with uphill traffic.

Check Conditions

Stay up to date by checking the Trail Conditions report and following us on Facebook or Instagram.

Give Back

Donate to Durango Trails or volunteer for trailwork to help give back to the trails you love.

Perins Gulch Maintenance | Wednesday, July 14

July 14, 2021 @ 4:30 pm 7:00 pm

Join us for trailwork at Perins Gulch in Overend Mountain Park.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Durango Trails will provide the necessary instruction, safety tool talk, tools, work gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew. Please note, registration is required to join us for Trailwork; please register below.

Thank you for volunteering, and giving back to your trails and community!

Perins Gulch (Overend Mountain Park) Maintenance

When: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 4:30 – 7:00pm

Where to Meet: Leyden Trailhead | Click here for map

What to wear: Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sunhat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle, and a rain jacket (optional).

Durango Trails will provide all tools, gloves, instruction and safety talk, extra water and snacks for our volunteers. We do live in beautiful, unpredictable Colorado, so please check the weather before your workday and plan to dress accordingly. If there is lightning or other workplace hazards the day of our scheduled trailwork which will impact our trailwork party plans, Durango Trails will notify you ASAP via email.

Thank you for volunteering and giving back to the trails that give so much!

Happy Trails!

ALL GUARDIANS MUST REGISTER IF THE PARTICIPANT IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD; INCLUDE THE STUDENTS NAME IN THE BOX ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Please note, trailwork registration is capped at 12 participants for this event. If your chosen date is already full, please consider a new date to join us!

Durango’s National, World Champions & Olympians

July 2021 has proved to be the winningest July in Durango history!

We say Durango has more national, world champions and Olympians than any town in the country.

We proved this to be true at the opening ceremonies of the US Pro Challenge bike race in 2016 when we gathered many of these champions from running, biking, skiing, kayak and of course, biking.

Since that time, the number has increased dramatically. As a town we market the best of our community, the geography and the people. Our community has created a culture that supports athletes at their highest level, especially those that our participating in outdoor recreation pursuits. Click here for a list of National & World Champions and Olympians from Durango.

Ed Zink helped identify this strength for Durango and launched a culture of cycling that continues today.

From watching Durango local Sepp Kuss win Stage 15 of the Tour de France (and then watching the NBC feature of his parents Dolph and Sabina the following day!) to seeing DEVO riders show up in endless ways to toe the start line and give it their best, our legacy and culture of Durango champions runs deep and leaves us proud in so many ways.

A long legacy of Durango Olympians

As we head towards the Summer Olympics, we can include Durango locals Zachary Lokken to represent the US for the canoe slalom team and Christoper Blevins to represent the US for the mens mountain bike team in Tokyo.

Durango has a long legacy of Olympians, including United States Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell in 1964. In 1996, when mountain biking became a full medal sport, former Durango resident Juli Furtado made the first mountain bike team.

Then in 2000, Durango hometown hero and resident Travis Brown represented the US along with Durango Resident Ruthie Matthes.

In 2004 Durango resident Todd Wells took the Olympic and again in 2008 and 2012. Durango resident Howard Grotts followed up in the 2016 games, and now Christopher Blevins in 2020.

Other National, World Champions and Olympians from Durango:

Former United States Senator and Olympian Ben Nighthorse Campbell, 1964 summer games, Judo

Three time Olympian, Mike Elliott; 1964, ‘68, and ‘72 winter games, Nordic Skiing

Two time Olympic Coach, Dolph Kuss, 1964 and 1972, Nordic Combined

National Champion, Allen P. Small, Nordic Skiing

National Champion, Diane Legner, Nordic Skiing

Olympian, Greg Lyman, 1972 winter games, Speed Skating

Two time Olympian, Ron Yeager, 1972 and 1976 winter games, Nordic Skiing

World Champion, Patty Lyman, Speed Skating

26 time Master National Champion, Dennis O’Brien, Swimming

Two time World Champion, Kent Ford, Canoe Slalom

Three time National Champion, Andy Corra, Kayak

Two time Olympian, Cathy Hearn, 1992 and 1996 summer games, slalom kayak

World Champion Cutting Horse Rider and Trainer, Willie Richardson, 1996, while on his beloved horse and friend, Sonitalena  

Three time Olympian, Elaine Youngs, 1996, 2004, and 2008 summer games, Beach Volleyball

Two time Olympian, Chris Thorpe, 1998 and 2002 winter games, Luge

Two time Collegiate National Champion, Amber Blake, Rowing

Two time Olympian, Elva Martinez-Dryer, 2000 and 2004 summer games; Track and Field

Five time Masters National Champion, Walt Axthelm, Cyclocross

Olympian, Tracey Barnes, 2006 winter games; Biathlon

Two time Olympian, Lanny Barnes, 2006 and 2010 winter games; Biathlon

Olympic Coach Gary Colliander, 2010 winter games, Women’s Biathlon

Collegiate National Champion Coach, Dave Hagen, Cycling

Accumulating 15 NORBA National race wins and three NORBA Series Championship titles, Shonny Vanlandingham is the most successful rider in NORBA history. A 7-time U.S. National Mountain Bike Team Member, 3x (2004-06) NORBA National Series X-Country Champ & 2005 U.S. National Short Track Champ as well as World Xterra Champion in 2010.

Making an impact in the sport of cycling with Durango ties

Numerous mechanics, coaches, promoters, designers and builders support any successful development program.  The following people with ties to Durango have had an impact on the sport of cycling:

Juli Furtado–World Champion downhill and cross-country

Daryl Price— Mountain Bike Champion and bike Industry sales executive

Scott Daubert— Team mechanic, manager

Forest Yelverton-Olympic project designer

John Parker–Tesigner, builder

Peter Graves–Olympic announcer

Eric Moore–Director of NORBA

Mert Lawill–Designer, builder

David Farmer–International coach

Ed Zink–Promoter, official, all-around guru

Tyler Philger–Mechanic, manager

Gunner Conrad–Photographer

Dean Howard–Photographer

Bill Manning–Trail designer

Tom Mayer–Inventor

Dr. Frank Jarrell–Chiropractor, D.C.

Mary Monroe–Bike Industry Executive and Executive Director Trails 2000

Matt Phillips–Editor of Bicycling Magazine

Bob Gregario–Mountain Bike Pro’s mechanic, Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Coaches

Chad Cheeney – DEVO Co-Founder and Coach

Dave Hagen  FLC Coach

Gaige Sippy-Iron Horse Race Director

Steve Owens – Colorado Premier Training

Aaron Urquidez – BS-KINE, NSCA-CPT, NASM-PES

If we did not list you, please fill out the following form to be included!

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