Join MTG for a fun day in the high La Platas!
On Saturday, August 13th we will install the final sign for the Mancos Spur Trail at the intersection with the Colorado Trail at Taylor Lake. We will then hold a dedication of the trail and break into groups to hike or bike parts of the Spur. If anyone wants to through-hike or bike a section (to Sharkstooth Pass, Transfer Campground or even all the way to Mancos State Park), please arrange for carpools/shuttles yourself.
This work day will be small on the work and big on the fun. We’ll have to carry in some tools and the new sign, and at the end we’ll carry out the old sign. As always, many hands make for light labor and in this case, very light labor! We hope you can join us for this fun day.
Work Day Itinerary and Information
When: It’s best to leave Mancos by 7:30 AM to arrive at Kennebec Pass by about 9:00 AM. Hike or bike 1 mile on the Colorado Trail to the junction with the Mancos Spur Trail by 10:00 AM. After the sign has been installed, the trail dedication will take place at 11:00 AM.
Where: Meet at the Junction of the Colorado Trail and the Mancos Spur, one mile hike from the Kennebec Pass CT trailhead.
What: Trail sign installation. Trail dedication. Social hike or bike ride an additional 2 miles (or more if you like) on the Spur to the 12,000’ pass above Bear Creek Basin for amazing views! Thru hikers/bikers can continue to Sharkstooth TH and beyond.
If you are interested in thru-hiking or biking the Spur, or a part of it, you will need to arrange your own shuttle.
Join us to work on completing the last of the Lost Chicken!
Hallar Reservoir on the Millwood Road, aka Forest Service Road 559, aka County Road 39.9.
- 8:30 for sign in, safety, tool use and crew assignment,
- 9:00-2:00 construct the last segment of the Lost Chicken trail.
- 2:00-4:00 Cookout and social.
Wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Bring work gloves, eye protection, sun protection, rain gear, water, food and snacks for 5 hours.
From Mancos go north on Hwy 184 to County Road 40. Right on Rd. 40, go north to Rd P, Go left (west) on Rd. P to County Road 39.9 (Red Sign), go right on 39.9 about 5 miles. Look for MTG banners
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/aLhznKfTB5zEcpM4A
Let's keep up the momentum! Three more miles of trail have been created and are ready for buffing. Join us, Saturday, June 11 to help finish the new "Ridges Trail" section of the Aqueduct System.
For this trail work day, be prepared to hike. Crews will be hiking 2 to 4 miles.
We'll be grilling burgers at the trailhead when we finish our work, around 1 pm.
When: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Meet at the Aqueduct Main North Trailhead Parking - see map below or click here:
**Be sure to park inside the parking area and not along the county road
What to bring: Water, snacks, gloves, hat, sturdy footwear, eye protection/sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug repellent for the gnats!
Friends of MTG,
We invite you to join us this Saturday evening at the Mancos Brewery. Come out and enjoy live music (Bards In-Between), a delicious special brew (Aqueduct Ale), and bid on a number of awesome silent auction items—all in support of your favorite trail building non-profit!
Festivities will run from 4 to 8 PM. There will be a $10 cover at the door, which is a direct donation to MTG! The brewery will also be donating a generous portion of the night's proceeds from each pint or can of the specially brewed Aqueduct Ale sold! SO DRINK UP!
Let's see if we can raise $5,000 on Saturday, giving us the funds to complete the next next trail segment... the RipRap!!!
See you there!
Come out and enjoy the live music by Bards In-Between!
Check out their music @ https://www.bardsin-between.com
What a turn out! More than 50 people came out to the ribbon cutting event on May 1st to celebrate the seasons grand opening of the Aqueduct Trail System!
After the ribbon cutting, many of us hit the trails, zooming down the Evenflow Trail and looping around the Moonscape!
Thank you to all those who came out to celebrate. We are so proud of our accomplishments! We have now completed a total of 4 miles of trail! With your continued support we look forward to constructing 8 more miles, finishing the system.
To learn more about the Aqueduct Trail System and how you can help MTG complete this awesome project, visit our website... or better yet... join us, May 21st at the Mancos Brewery and hear all about it!
***LOST AND FOUND***
A set of keys were found along Road 39 on the day of the ribbon cutting event. If you think they may belong to you, please email MancosTrailsGroup@gmail.com.
Join us, Saturday May 21, at the Mancos Brewery!
The Mancos Brewery is hosting a special fundraiser for Mancos Trails Group. The event will feature live music (Bards in Between), a silent auction, and a special brew – Aqueduct Ale – made specially to celebrate the expansion of Mancos’ own Aqueduct Trail System.
Festivities will run from 4 to 8 PM. Admission is $10, which the brewery is donating directly to Mancos Trails Group. A generous portion of the proceeds from each pint or can of Aqueduct Ale will be donated to Mancos Trails Group as well. SO DRINK UP!
Our silent auction will feature great items including Osprey packs, local art, gift certificates and more!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Come celebrate the grand seasonal re-opening of the new Aqueduct Trail System! We’ve got four miles of completed trails to share with you and look forward to adding more this season - when construction is complete, we'll have 12 miles of new multi-use, non-motorized (plus class 1 ebikes) trail within biking distance of town.
Join us at 11 am for the official Ribbon Cutting with volunteers on hand to answer questions and share maps of the new trails. Then at 11:30, we’ll head out for a group ride (hikers welcome also). After the ride, we'll move to the patio at Mancos Brewing Company for lunch and optional brews.
All ages and levels welcome!
For more information about the new Aqueduct Trail System including a downloadable map, links to an interactive map and trail descriptions, check out this page.
And, if you missed it, there was a great article about the Aqueduct Trails and our ribbon cutting event in the Journal last week. Check it out here.
Once again, Mancos Trails Group is excited to be getting our Mancos Spur Trail Adoption Program underway for 2022. Originally implemented in the summer of 2020 when our traditional group workdays were eliminated due to the pandemic, this program proved so popular that we are continuing it. As an adopter, you will be maintaining a 1-2 mile segment of the Mancos Spur Trail. You'll be able to visit your segment on your own schedule as often as you like, but we do ask that you commit to a minimum of two trail maintenance trips out to your segment each summer.
Not sure what the Mancos Spur Trail is? Not sure what it means to adopt a segment? You can read all about the trail here, and find answers to frequently asked questions here.
More details are available under the Get Involved tab on our website, including
This is a really fun opportunity. It's a fantastic way to spend some time outdoors with family and friends, giving back to our trails. Plus you will be eligible to win great thank you gifts like Osprey packs at our Volunteer Appreciation event in the fall.
Ready to adopt a segment of the Spur? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you set up.
Spring is here and it's finally time for trail building to begin! Our first work day of the year will be all about renewing old acquaintances and making new friends. Join us on Saturday April 9 at 10am for burgers, socializing, and some trailwork too. We'll meet east of the Joe Moore Reservoir boat ramp which provides easy access to the Blue Jay Trail (directions below). In addition to some fun social time, we will review basic trail work skills, sharpen and repair tools to get them ready for the season, and pluck some rocks from the new Blue Jay Trail (if you've been on it at all this spring, you've probably noticed there are a LOT of loose rocks).
Note that if you're interested in adopting a segment of the Mancos Spur Trail, this is a great opportunity to brush up on your trail maintenance skills.
Review of 2021 Achievements - and a look toward Summer 2022
It's been snowing lately and hopefully you're getting outside and enjoying it. While our trails are resting under a blanket of white, it seems like a good time to reflect on the spectacular success MTG saw in 2021, and to look toward 2022's trail season.
In 2021, MTG accomplished a LOT. A whole lot. And you, our volunteers, get the credit! Here are some of our greatest accomplishments for 2021:
MTG voted MVR's Project of the Year
AnMancos Trails Group is honored to have been recognized by Mancos Valley Resources, our fiscal sponsor, as 2021's Sponsored Project of the Year. MVR sponsors 14 well-deserving projects in Mancos so we are especially proud that we receive this honor amongst such worthy company.
As an all-volunteer non-profit, Mancos Trails Group couldn't accomplish what we have without the fiscal sponsorship we get from MVR. MVR allows us to focus on what we do best - build, maintain and support our local non-motorized trails. Thank you, MVR, for everything you do for us, and for this wonderful award.
And check out this great interview with MTG:
Have your say! What would you like to see in the new Town of Mancos Trails Master Plan?
In 2012, the Town of Mancos created a Trails Master Plan to help provide community access to important locales in the area. The Trails Master Plan is what inspired many of our biggest projects including the Town Trail System, the Mancos Spur Trail, the Aqueduct trails and the new Chicken Creek trails.
This year, the Town is working on a new Trails Master Plan and is seeking your input. Now is your chance to voice your opinion about what you'd like to see in the new Town of Mancos Trails Master Plan.
Click here to take the survey now
It's not too early to start thinking about summer!
Looking towards Summer 2022, MTG has a lot planned. Here are some things to keep in mind as you start dreaming of warm days out on the trail.
Our popular Mancos Spur Trail Adoption program will be running again in 2022. Are you interested in giving back to your trails but not able to come out for our scheduled group workdays? Adopting a segment of the Mancos Spur Trail may be perfect for you! Have a look at our adoption page for more details and contact us at email@example.com if you're interested!
New trail building will continue in 2022! We have 8 miles to go to complete the Aqueduct system. Some will be hand built and some by machine. We’ll need volunteers and money. Help out in in any way you can! And we have only 1.5 miles to go to complete the Lost Chicken Trail. Be on the lookout for work days in the cool pines at Chicken Creek - trail work days are tentatively scheduled for the second Saturday of the month from April-November (with a few exceptions). Keep your eye on our events page and our news page for updates. We will also be sending out emails & updating social media as our workdays are finalized.
We hope to offer social hikes and bike rides again this summer - if you're interested in hosting events like this, let us know!
Finally, we are always looking for volunteers to help us behind the scenes. Whether it's joining our Board of Directors or chairing a committee (examples of committees include Tools, Work Days, Volunteer Coordination, Website, Social Media, etc.), there is an opportunity for you to help Mancos Trails Group achieve even more in 2022! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.