Here are the details for tomorrow's workday, which will be at the Aqueduct.
Beginning at 8:30 am we will have a safety briefing including a discussion around CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 and the mitigation measures the BLM is implementing to manage known risks associated with the planned project work.
For the trail work, we'll review tool safety and do 3-4 hours of brush clearing and tread work. If we have more than 10 people we will break into smaller groups and work on different sections of the trail.
We plan on being finished before 2pm so we can all gather at the Mancos Brewery after to celebrate a good day of trail work!
Come build new trails for Mancos with MTG!
Mancos Trails Group is excited to announce that our group trail work days have returned for 2021! This Saturday, June 12, we will be working on building new trail near Mancos. We will meet at 8:30 am at either the Aqueduct or Chicken Creek areas (exact location will be announced on Thursday). Work will involve everything from clearing brush to constructing new trail using pick-mattocks, hoes and other implements. We'll provide the tools.
We plan on being finished by 2pm so we can all gather at the Mancos Brewery after to celebrate a good day of trail work!
What to wear:
Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, sunglasses or safety glasses and work gloves.
What to bring:
Where will we be working?
Work will be on either the new trail system at the Aqueduct, two miles northwest of town off of Road 39 or in the Chicken Creek area north of town off of Road 40. Below is a quick summary of these two new trail expansions.
For more info on the two new trails areas, see our Projects page.
Use the new Blue Jay Trail corridor to avoid logging operations
We just received word that timber sale operations began yesterday near the Chicken Creek trailhead. Luckily we have some new trails going in this summer at the Chicken Creek area and two of them, the Blue Jay Trail and the Chicken Little Trail, are a great way to avoid the logging. See below for info on the new trails and a map. But first, here is the info from the Forest Service:
Timber sale activities are scheduled to resume in the Chicken Creek area of the Dolores Ranger District on Monday, May 24th. Harvest operations will be in the Lost Turkey sale northeast of the Chicken Creek parking lot in the vicinity of the Little Bauer Loop.
The Lost Turkey timber sale project aims to increase forest resilience, reduce the risk of high-severity wildfires, and provide wood products for commercial uses. No closures of roads are trails are anticipated unless there is a risk to public safety. Full news release here.
Suggested Alternative Route: Introducing the new Blue Jay Trail and Chicken Little Trail at Chicken Creek!
In addition to the new trails at the Aqueduct, another new trail system was approved for the Mancos area this winter: the new Chicken Creek Trails Expansion.
The Blue Jay Trail (named after our own Mancos Blue Jays!) will be one of the trails in the new system expansion. At the moment, it is only roughly flagged in, following a cow path. Eventually the Blue Jay Trail will be a sustainably-designed trail that will provide a great singletrack opportunity for hikers, bikers and horseback riders, but even in its "unconstructed" state it's a great alternative to the dusty Little Bauer Road where the logging activity will be taking place.
Just follow the orange and pink flags across the dam to the west of the Chicken Creek parking lot. The flagging will follow the (mostly obvious) cow path for about a mile till it joins with the Bauer Loop above the logging area.
Note that the new Chicken Little Trail will be another alternative. To access this trail to avoid the logging area, you can park on the Forest Road 385D immediately west of County Road 41 (the Chicken Creek Road). The Chicken Little Trail is already constructed but will be adjusted slightly in the new trail system.
New! Chicken Creek Trail System Expansion
We introduced you to the new Aqueduct Trail System in our last email update. Today, we'd like to share the rest of the exciting news from this winter - the approval by the Forest Service of a new Chicken Creek Trails Expansion!
This summer we'll be putting in about 10 miles of new multi-use, non-motorized trails that begin at the Chicken Creek Trailhead parking lot on County Road 40. Along with the existing trails, this will make for a system with about 18 miles of trail. As a part of this new project, we will also see new trailhead kiosks with maps and new signage at trail intersections. Anyone who's used the Chicken Creek trails knows that the current signage there isn't great, so this will help a lot! Maybe you'll learn the name of a favorite trail, or discover one that's been there all along that you've never taken.
Mancos Trails Group will be holding group trail building days in the Chicken Creek area this summer. Check out our webpage for updated information about group work days.
The Chicken Creek Trails Expansion project is a partnership between Mancos Trails Group, the San Juan Mountains Association, and the San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District.
Mancos Trails Group volunteers, there are still a few open spots for Saturday's free trail maintenance training that will be held on the West Mancos Trail. Gain valuable skills in trail maintenance on us! If you are interested in helping MTG this summer with trailwork, this workshop is for you. The value of this training is $200 but we are asking only for a $20 deposit that will be returned upon completion of the training. Click here for details and to sign up.
ADOPTERS STILL NEEDED!
Are you thinking of adopting a segment of the Spur this summer? We still have a few segments open for adoption and this training would be perfect for getting you all set for your summer trailwork. Help maintain one of the most popular trails in the Mancos area on your own schedule. Check out our adoption page for more details.
UPDATE 5/13: Thanks everyone for the great response! We are full for Saturday, at this point if you RSVP we can add you to our wait list. We will contact you if a spot opens up. And keep your eyes on this page for future opportunities, we expect to hold a number of work days at the Aqueduct and elsewhere this year.
We have some exciting news from this winter - while our trails were resting under a (not quite deep enough) blanket of snow, two new trail systems were approved for local public lands! More about the new Chicken Creek Trails in our next update, but for now, we'd like to introduce the...
Aqueduct Trail System
Located just 2 miles NW of town, this will be an 11.7 mile system of new multi-use singletrack trail open to non-motorized users plus ebikes. Eventually when the Paths to Mesa Verde project connecting Mancos with Mesa Verde National Park is completed, you'll be able to access the Aqueduct area using just trails and County Road 39. With its easy access, this will be a wonderful addition to our community.
On Saturday May 15 at 9:00 am, Mancos Trails Group will hold an orientation and (we hope!) work day at the Aqueduct. If you're interested in helping make this new trail system come to life, and want to join us for activities on the 15th, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so RSVP will be required.
What: Grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Town Trail System
When: April 28 at 6pm
Where: in front of the new trail kiosk on the corner of Mesa and Grand
Join us on April 28 at 6pm for a ribbon cutting for the new Town Trail system! All are invited to attend. This project was a joint effort on the part of the Town, Mancos Schools, Mancos Trails Group and the San Juan Mountains association. Representatives from all of these groups will be in attendance including Mancos School students and teachers, school administration, and board members of MTG and SJMA.
There be a few words from each of the groups that contributed to the project as well as a short walk on the trail.
Happy holidays from MTG! We hope this final update for 2020 finds you well. Here at MTG, despite the pandemic and the unusual trail work circumstances it forced upon us, it turned out to be a very successful year.
As you probably know, this year we switched from our usual monthly group workday format to an individual adopt-a-trail program focusing on the Mancos Spur Trail. While we missed the camaraderie of our get-togethers, the trail adoption program turned out to be a huge success. All together, our volunteers put in 342 hours of trail work and covered over 20 miles of trail. Some segments saw as much as 50 hours of work! And almost every mile of the Spur saw at least 4 hours of trail work. This is pretty amazing, and if you've been out on the Chicken Creek, West Mancos, or Sharkstooth trails this year you've probably seen some of the work our volunteers did.
The other big project Mancos Trails Group has been involved in this year is developing the new Mancos Town Trail System. If you've walked through town and noticed the tracks of a giant blue moose, a huge yellow mountain lion or a big red fox, you've seen the trail! This trail system will connect the three town parks. Eventually, there will be additional trail markers as well four "trailhead" kiosks, one at each park and one right downtown. These kiosks will contain maps and information about the Town Trail System as well as highlight research and work done by students at the Mancos School. In fact, the fourth graders have been painting the tracks (they also researched animals and chose the three we used), and the welding class is constructing the kiosks. This project is a collaboration between MTG, the Town of Mancos, Mancos School RE-6, and the San Juan Mountains Association. Funding comes from the Town, SJMA, the Ballantine Family Fund and the Onward! Foundation. You can read more about the project here:
Mancos students paint animal tracks to connect parks
Mancos Schools, Trails Group and Town Partner on Trails Project
Mancos Trails Group has also been busy behind the scenes, working with a number of partners on projects addressing recreation, education, trails, and the health of our local forest. In total this year, MTG volunteers put in over a thousand hours of volunteer work!
Looking towards next year, we are planning on returning to our monthly group work days but will also keep the trail adoption program going. That way, if you can't make it to one of our group sessions, you'll still be able to give back to our local trails. This year we plan on offering some trail maintenance training sessions to our trail adopters. And we are hoping to be able to hold some fun events and fundraisers as well.
Finally, we'd like to thank you, our supporters and volunteers. Mancos Trails Group is a 100% volunteer-run organization and we couldn't do what we do without you.
To celebrate, let's all get outside and enjoy our beautiful winter wonderland. And if you've read this far, consider supporting MTG this year by buying some cool MTG-logo gifts at our new online shop!
Looking forward to a fantastic 2021!
With the holidays around the corner, we are excited to announce that we now have a new way you can show your support - by shopping for MTG logo gifts at our online store!
Just in time for Black Friday - Mancos Trails Group swag! Makes great gifts for all of your trail buddies, friends and family. All proceeds go to support MTG. Spread the word!
Mancos Trails Group online store link:
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.
WOW! Our Trail Adopters have really been getting after it! So far we've put in over 140 volunteer hours maintaining the Mancos Spur Trail. Our volunteers have cleared brush, trimmed trees, maintained water diversion structures, and more - resulting in a much improved Mancos Spur Trail. Oh, and the scenery has been pretty good too. Hope you've been getting out there as well! And if you'd like to join in our trail adoption program, it's not too late - just shoot an email to email@example.com and we'll set you up! It's a fun way to get outside, enjoy our amazing SW Colorado scenery, have some fun, and give back to our community.