to promote trail stewardship and etiquette
for all trail users in the Mancos Valley.
As of Thursday, June 21 at 3pm the San Juan National Forest has reopened! That means that we can again recreate on many area trails. However there are a few things to keep in mind.
Thank you to all of our responsible forest users for keeping our forest safe!
Due to the 416 Fire and the Burro Fire currently burning in the La Plata Mountains, many trails and recreation areas have been closed in the Mancos area. These include the entire San Juan National Forest, many state-managed Colorado Parks and Wildlife areas, BLM land around Durango, and Durango City and La Plata County managed open space.
It may seem like there's not much left to do outdoors in the Mancos area, but here's a partial list of open areas (thanks to the Durango Herald for putting together this list):
All hard-surface trails including:
Animas River Trail
Florida Road Trail
Goeglein Road Trail
Jenkins Ranch Road Trail.
Other open amenities in the city of Durango:
Animas River and all city river access points.
All irrigated city parks
Greater La Plata County
Pastorius State Wildlife Area
Phil’s World trail system
Mesa Verde National Park
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
McPhee Recreation Area Complex boat ramp and marina, and boating on the lake is permitted.
Mancos and Dolores
South and east areas of Mancos State Park are open. The park offers camping, fishing and non-motorized boating.
County Road 31 from Dolores to Norwood.
Aztec and Farmington
Alien Run trails
Glade Run Recreation Area
Molas Lake is open to recreation and camping.
Alpine Loop, Ophir Pass
Most land to the east of Silverton is open because it is managed by the BLM, which has not enacted a closure.
Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County
Reservoir Hill Park is open. Piedra Road (County Road 600) is open to the Sportsman Campground.
Navajo State Park
Echo Canyon State Wildlife Area
Trails around the town of Telluride are open. Telluride Ski Resort has a bike park that will open in late June. Most land around Telluride is managed by the Uncompahgre National Forest and remains open.
Join Mancos Trails for our first volunteer work day of the summer, this Saturday June 2nd! We will be brushing out about 2 miles of the Mancos Spur trail corridor along the West Mancos Trail. This will end up being an approximately 5-mile hike with some work along the way. We will shuttle from Transfer up to the the Aspen Loop trailhead in Beef Pasture and then hike the West Mancos Trail back to Transfer. All are welcome to attend, each participant will need to sign USFS waiver prior to participation.
Saturday June 2
Meet at 9:00am at Transfer Trailhead, east of the campground. Look for Mancos Trails banner and SWCCA tool trailer.
What to bring?
Wear long pants, boots, sunglassesor safety glasses & work gloves.
Bring loppers if you have them - we have several to loan out if you don't have any.
Bring a daypack with 2 liters water, snacks or lunch to eat at noon, sun protection, and the 10 essentials.
Workday schedule (times are approximate):
9:00 Meet at Transfer Trailhead, east of the campground. Look for Mancos Trails banner and SWCCA tool trailer
9:15 Orientation/safety briefing/gear up with tools.
9:30 Shuttle to Aspen Loop TH in Beef Pasture
9:45 Hike down Aspen Loop to Junction with the Spur (West Mancos Trail)
10:15 Deploy into work zone. Brush out trail corridor from Aspen Loop Junction to Crystal Creek. Lop and scatter 1” and smaller brush. Use pruning saws on saplings up to 3” diameter w/in corridor.
1:00 hike out to Transfer TH
2:00 Volunteer appreciation burgers and refreshments at vehicles/Retrieve shuttle vehicles.
3:00 Return to Mancos
Mark your calendar! On Saturday May 26 the Mancos Brewing Company is hosting a Beer and Food Pairing to benefit the Mancos Trails Group as we try to raise $2500 for the Mancos Spur project.
There will be 4 rounds of 10oz beer tastings paired with small plates which can be redeemed at any time throughout the day. There will be live music by Michael Batdorf at 3pm and the Stillhouse Junkies at 6pm.
Tickets are $25 to purchase and include food, beer, live music, and great door prizes.
Tickets get you:
4 10oz beer tastings
4 food pairings
Live Music by Michael Batdorf and the StillHouse Junkies
Tons of support for Mancos Trails
A day of fun!
Ticket available at the door or right now at:
Mancos Brewing Company
Zuma Natural Foods
Kokopelli Bike & Board
RUN + HIKE
Dolores Food Market
Join the Mancos Trails Group on May 26, 2018 for an IPA tasting event and live music featuring the Stillhouse Junkies and Michael Batdorf! This is a fundraiser for the MTG!
Hover over trails for info. Click on trail for greater details and trail conditions. Visit Trailforks to obtain .gpx files of each trail for your GPS unit or smartphone!
Welcome to the Mancos Trails Group website. We are trail advocates and stewards for Mancos, Colorado. We have many projects in the works currently. Check the Get Involved tab to learn about these. We are always open to additional volunteers!
Mission Statement: The purpose of the organization shall be : to create an environment where residents and visitors to the Mancos Valley can experience trails for non-motorized use, and to work together on a volunteer basis utilizing grants, sponsorships, and donations to provide funding for trail stewardship.