to promote trail stewardship and etiquette
for all trail users in the Mancos Valley.
After a long hard winter your local trails need some love. Join Mancos Trails Group on Fathers Day, Sunday June 16 for a family work day on the West Mancos Trail. A MTG scouting party went out on Tuesday and found the trail is mostly dry, but there are still a few wet, slick spots. There are two ¾ mile sections that need brushing and several drainage features that need cleaning. MTG began work on this section of trail in 2017. When brushing is complete, it will be the first time in at least a decade that this trail corridor will be clear from Transfer Campground to Golconda!
We will meet at 8:30am at the West Mancos Trailhead just east of the Transfer Campground. Look for the Mancos Trails banner. Depending on the number of volunteers, we’ll divide into groups. Maximum round trip mileage for the day will be about 4 ½, but shorter options may be available.
Don’t worry, we will take rest breaks for food and water as needed and there is no obligation to complete a certain amount of work. We are required to have fun, socialize, and enjoy a day in the woods with like minded folks and improvement our trails along the way!
We’ll plan on being back at the trailhead between 1 and 2PM for burgers and refreshments.
The weather forecast for our location, in the vicinity of Transfer Campground, calls for a high of 70 with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Please come prepared!
Check the forecast yourself on Sunday morning at this link:
What to wear:
Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, sunglasses or safety glasses, work gloves and bring rain gear. You know what Southwest Colorado weather can be like, so it's best to be prepared for anything!
What to bring:
Where, when and what:
We'll meet at 8:30am at the West Mancos Trailhead just east of the Transfer Campground. Look for the Mancos Trails banner.
If you're late:
Start hiking down the Transfer Trail then head upriver (east) on the West Mancos Trail. We'll be 2-4 miles from the trailhead.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Mark your calendars - Mancos Trail Group's first trail work day of the season will be Sunday June 16. We had to postpone it due to the wet conditions and high runoff. Hours will be approximately 8am to 1pm. Lunch will be served afterwards. Location of trail work, exact times and meeting place are all TBA based on trail conditions.
We'll be scouting the trails this week but if you've been up in the La Platas, please let us know what you've seen! We'd love to do some work on the West Mancos trail so if you've been there we're interested in hearing what you've seen. Just email us at email@example.com to report conditions & location info.
In addition, we have a great volunteer opportunity for several members. MTG would like to host an aid station at the Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon and 5K on June 22 from 6:30-8:30am. Email us if you'd like to help out at this fun event.
Saturday June 1-
SHARE THE TRAILS
We have a big weekend coming up! Saturday June 1 MTG is participating in a fun Share the Trails event at Mud Springs in McElmo Canyon. Come on out with your bike, horse, or on foot! Great prizes available including $200 gift certificates to Kokopelli, a saddle and more!
Sunday June 2 -
Then on Sunday, June 2 come join the Mancos Trails Group on our next group hike. It will be led by MTG volunteer Garrett Stimax to Prater Ridge Trail in Mesa Verde NP. We’ll be meeting at the Mesa Verde visitor’s center at 10 a.m. this Sunday June 2nd. Look for the MTG banner. The trail is a 7.3 mile moderately rated loop with amazing views of the Mancos valley and La Plata mountains. It should take 3–4 hours, so don’t forget to bring a lunch with you. No dogs please. Hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our amazing hike in the Aqueduct area and our fundraiser at the Mancos Brewery last Saturday. The hike was a lot of fun - we all made new friends and the flowers were going crazy! The fundraiser was a blast! Great music, great food, great beer, and a GREAT crowd made for an amazing time. Thanks to Mancos Brewing Company for hosting and to our wonderful sponsors including Osprey, High Desert Outdoors, Kokopelli, Beehive and Zuma Natural Foods.
Our next business meeting is this Tuesday, May 28 7pm at the Mancos Library. Come join us to learn about what we've been up to and to volunteer to make MTG even better!
Come join us for a day of FUN to raise awareness and funds for the Mancos Trails Group. Check out their trail projects and sign up for work days, listen to the music of Andrew Schumann and the Pete Giuliani Band, order from our special Beer/Food Pairing Menu, and enjoy time with your friends and fellow trail lovers!
Come join the Mancos Trails Group (MTG) for a hike led by MTG Chair, Robert Meyer. We’ll hike 3–4 miles to gain an overlook of the proposed Bureau of Land Management’s 11.7 mile Aqueduct Trail System. It’s located just 1 mile northwest of Mancos.
The hike will be Saturday, May 18th and we’ll meet at the proposed parking lot on Road 39 at 10:30 a.m. See attached map and look for the MTG banner. Due to limited parking space carpooling is recommended. Meet 10:00 at south side of Boyle park in Mancos.
Please be prepared and wear proper shoes and clothes. Long pants are suggested due to areas of dense brush. Bring your own snacks, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and several liters of water.
Mancos Trails Group will be the featured non-profit at WildEdge in Cortez on Tues 5/7. Come on out and support your local trails group!
Come join us for our spring meeting to discuss upcoming plans and elect new board members. What will we be focused on this summer? It's your opportunity to get involved and have your say!
Tuesday April 30
Mancos Public Library
We look forward to seeing you there!
March is here and that means we can all start to think spring! Mancos Trails Group will be hosting trailwork days on the second Saturdays of June, July, August and September this year so mark you calendars! Projects will include setting the final signs for the Mancos Spur Trail, erecting the Spur trailhead kiosk at Mancos State Park, and upkeep and maintenance on various trails that we have adopted. New trail construction might be on the agenda as well - we will see!
And, we will have a fundraising event on May 18 at the Mancos Brewing Company again this year! Details are still being finalized but you can count on great beer, music, and company!
Mark for the following events with Mancos Trails Group this summer:
Sat. May 18 - fundraiser at Mancos Brewing Company
Sat. June 8 - Trail Work Day
Sat. July 13 - Trail Work Day
Sat. August 10 - Trail Work Day
Sat. September 14 - Trail Work Day
We are all looking forward to a fun summer!
Mancos Trails members! What a great opportunity to have a say in the future of trails in Montezuma County. Apply by Jan 4.
From The Journal:
Montezuma County is accepting applications for the Montezuma County Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners on the planning, construction, land acquisition, operation and maintenance, and organized and coordinated activities related to recreation in Montezuma County.
“The goal of the committee is to keep long-term momentum for current and future recreation projects that serve the public,” said James Dietrich, public lands coordinator for the county. Several projects are in the planning stages.
The non-motorized, 17-mile Paths to Mesa Verde Trail would connect Cortez to Mancos. The motorized RimRocker spur trail would connect the Sage Hen area of McPhee Reservoir to the Dolores River below the dam. Under the proposal, it would continue on to Montrose to join the motorized RimRocker Trail that connects to Moab, Utah.
Other proposals include building new trails on BLM lands near Mancos, and putting in a trailhead and room for parking at the Menefee and Weber Mountain Wilderness Study Areas.
People interested in serving in a voluntary capacity for the above named committee are invited to submit an application form, which can be found at www.montezumacounty.org under “Notices” or picked up at the Montezuma County Natural Resources Department 109 W. Main St., Room 280, Cortez, CO 81321.
Return the completed application on or before Jan. 4, following the directions found on the form. For more information, contact the Montezuma County Natural Resources Department at 565-7402.
Come join us for the final Mancos Trails meeting for 2018. We'll be reviewing our accomplishments for the year and planning out what we'll focus on next year and further in the future. Were you happy with the direction of MTG this year? What would you like us to do next summer? We'd love to hear from you!
Mancos Trails Business Meeting
Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018
in the atrium of P&D Grocery, Mancos
(at the front of Mancos Pizza)
You can read the agenda here
Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday,