To promote trail stewardship, develop and maintain sustainable trails, and promote positive trail interactions among all trail users in the scenic Mancos Valley.
Happy Fall, MTGers! We hope that this beautiful season finds you all well and that you are getting out there and enjoying our local trails. There’s a lot that’s been going on in the MTG world - here is our Fall update.
National Trails Day this Saturday, 9/26
It’s National Trails Day this Saturday, and the San Juan National Forest is sponsoring an Individual Forest Cleanup event. Anyone who gets out on the trails all this week (from Sun. 9/20 - Sun. 9/27) and does some trail maintenance or cleanup can consider themselves a Volunteer for National Trails Day! If you do some cleanup, just let us know how many pounds of trash you picked up. And if you are a Mancos Spur Adopter and you get out for some trail maintenance, let us know about that. It all counts towards National Trails Day so be sure to let us know if you get out there!
Mancos Spur Adoption Program Update
Speaking of Mancos Spur Adopters, here’s a brief update on how that program is going so far... We have now had 19 MTG volunteers put in over 260 hours on almost every single mile of the 23½ mile Mancos Spur Trail. This is a truly amazing amount of work. Our volunteers have cut and removed brush, cleared away rockslides, repaired and improved drainage features, and much more. Maybe you’ve been out on the Spur and seen some of the work we’ve done. Maybe you’ve run into some of our volunteers out there - be sure to say hi if you do! With the fall colors coming on strong, now is a great time to get out there and enjoy the beautiful trails in the Mancos area. Of course, keep in mind that it is hunting season and plan to wear orange to make yourself (and any pets) clearly visible.
Town Trail Project
The other project that has been keeping MTG busy this summer is the exciting new Town Trail project. Maybe you’ve noticed the tracks of a very large, blue moose appearing around town? This is the exciting beginning of the new Town Trail connecting Boyle Park, Cottonwood Park and the Northside Park. Our Mancos Elementary 4th Graders have been working on this project since last year with art teacher Alys Hansen and Project Based Learning Director Ed Whritner. Keep your eyes out in the next few weeks for more tracks - which new animals will they be?!
Mancos Trails Group has been working in partnership with Mancos Schools RE-6, San Juan Mountains Association and the Town of Mancos to bring the Town Trail project to fruition. Funding for the project comes from the Ballantine Family Fund, the Town of Mancos, and the many generous donors to Mancos Trails Group.
Finally, we are excited to announce that Mancos Trails Group will soon be selling MTG logo merchandise! Keep your eyes on our webpage and Facebook/Instagram for links to our new store. Consider supporting MTG by buying a new T-shirt, hat, water bottle, or one of many other cool items. Makes a great birthday or Christmas present for the trail lovers in your life!
As always, feel free to email us with any questions or ideas, or if you’d like to be more involved with MTG.