The comment period for the BLM's proposed trail system on the Aqueduct Parcel near Mancos closes tomorrow, Monday Oct. 21. Please look over the proposal and leave your comments online at:
One thing we learned when we went to the BLM open house a couple of weeks ago is that this Environmental Assessment (EA) covers a number of areas, from Cortez (Mud Springs) to Durango (Perins Peak and Animas City Mountain). And you're not required to either support or oppose the entire proposal. You can pick and choose which parts of the proposal you want to comment on. This includes the addition of e-bike access. So, for example, you can leave a comment in which you support the new trails at the Aqueduct and the additional parking at Chutes and Ladders, not even mention trails in Durango if that isn't of interest to you, and you can either support, oppose, or be neutral as to the inclusion of e-bike access.
Thanks for participating in the public process!
Mancos Trails Group October 19 Trail Work Day at Mancos State Park.
The days activities include work for developing Chicken Creek Trailhead and a short trail reroute at the southwest end of Mancos Spur to the Colorado Trail.
8:30 AM meet at Mancos State Park Group Picnic Area at the entrance to the Park (and Jackson Reservoir). Free park admission for volunteers! Times are approximate for the following activities.
9:00 AM after orientation, carpool to north end of reservoir.
Minor fence work; flagstone lifting and moving to trailhead; gravel placement; trail reroute if time allows.
12:30 PM finish up and head back to entrance.
1:00 PM Lunch provided by MTG and P&D Grocery, Mancos.
What to bring:
Work gloves, sunglasses/eye protection, sunscreen, water, snacks. Try to wear sturdy boots.
42545 County Road N
Mancos, CO, 81328
Directions from Highway 160 stop light at Mancos:
Turn north onto CO-184 and go 0.4 mi;
Turn right onto Co Rd 42 and go 3.2 mi;
Turn left to stay on Co Rd 42 for 1.0 mi;
Turn left onto County Rd N/Road N and go 1/2 mile;
Destination will be on the right
Contact us, or Scot Elder with Mancos State Park (970) 533-7065 or Mancos.Park@State.Co.Us
Please note that the Park office is minimally staffed in this off-season so you may have to leave a message if you call. Typically, the office is staffed on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
The BLM is seeking comments for new trails in Montezuma County and will host an informational open house. New trails include 12 miles on the Aqueduct parcel just outside of Mancos. If it seems like you've already heard about this and even had a chance to make a comment, you have. However, the proposal has been updated to include e-bike access (per a recent Department of the Interior policy change).
Dolores Public Lands Office
29211 Highway 184
Oct. 9, 2019 from 4—6:30 p.m.
PUBLIC COMMENTS DUE: Oct. 21, 2019
You can get more information and make your comments here.
Our next business meeting is Tuesday 8/27 at 6:30pm in the Mancos Public Library. The meeting will be from 6:30-8 with public comment 8-8:30. All are invited to attend!
Our trailwork day/wildflower hike on Saturday was a HUGE success! We were able to put up another Mancos Spur Trail sign deep in Bear Creek Canyon plus we re-set another trail sign to boot. Great people, a gorgeous setting and satisfying work - a wonderful time was had by all! Not to mention the flowers were amazing. Thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers for a great day. Also thanks to P&D Grocery in Mancos for providing our volunteers with a delicious lunch of juicy burgers!
Join us on Thursday August 8th for a quick evening hike to Point Lookout at Mesa Verde National Park. We'll be meeting at the Mesa Verde Visitors Center parking lot at 5:30PM and then carpooling to the trailhead together. The trail is a moderate 2.1 mile out and back hike up to Point Lookout with beautiful views of the Mancos Valley. We'll be hiking for about 1.5-2 hours and hikers of all skill levels are welcome.
Join Mancos Trails Group for an epic hiking and volunteer adventure!
Option 1: Just in time for peak wildflower season, it’s time to finish the signage project along the Mancos Spur Trail. On Saturday August 10, we will be setting the most remote trail sign along the whole Spur - at the east end of Bear Creek Trail where it intersects with the Sharkstooth Trail. This will be a 7 mile round trip hike taking 6-7 hours at elevations from 11-12,000’ with an elevation gain/loss of about 1800’. The more the merrier, as it’s all about enjoying the gorgeous La Plata mountains while we carry some tools, a 4x4 post and trail sign to the junction with the Bear Creek trail. We will trade off frequently so no one person is carrying anything heavy for too long. The return trip over the pass could be delayed if lightning is nearby, so come prepared with what you need to comfortably wait out a summer thunderstorm. Carpool back to Transfer for burgers & beverages!
Option 2 is for those who may want a shorter hike or workday. Group 2 will re-set one “Fragile Tundra” sign along the Sharkstooth Trail. This will be a 3.5 mile, 3-4 hour round trip hike beginning at 11,000’ and hiking up to 12,000’ Sharkstooth Pass. We will relax at the pass before returning the way we came. We will be focusing on the wildflowers on this hike - flowers should be peaking along the Sharkstooth trail on Saturday, so bring your cameras! Carpool back to Transfer for burgers & beverages!
Option 3 is a shorter, lower elevation option to work on the Transfer trail in the vicinity of the Transfer campground. It needs some brushing and drainage work. Burgers and beverages afterwards!
Details: Meet at the Transfer Trailhead at the east side of Transfer Campground at 8am on Saturday August 10. We will arrange for carpooling there. Carpooling will be essential, as parking is extremely limited at the Sharkstooth Trailhead and the last 1.5 miles of the road requires high clearance. If you have a high clearance 4WD vehicle that can transport 4 or more people, please consider helping with the shuttle!
Bring all of the gear you would generally take for an all-day hike. Especially include plenty of food and water, bug repellent, rain gear, and warm layers. We will be hiking in the middle of SW Colorado's monsoon season, so be prepared for wet and cold weather! The group in Bear Creek needs to be prepared to hunker down if lightning prevents us from crossing back over Sharkstooth Pass. We must be able to comfortably wait out a storm for up to several hours.
Weather forecast for the Sharkstooth Pass area:
Link to trail description, map, elevation profile:
This will be an amazing and satisfying volunteer adventure and MTG looks forward to you joining us!
The deadline for submitting comments for the proposed new Chicken Creek trails is Monday July 15.
The Forest Service has come out with an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Chicken Creek area trails. (See map above). Comments are being accepted until July 15 so please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55794 to have your say. You can read the whole draft EA there.
The proposal includes approximately 10 miles of new, mostly singletrack non-motorized multi-use trails in the area of Chicken Creek Nordic Ski Area. These trails would be open to non-motorized users including hikers, bikers and equestrians. The proposal also includes 1.25 miles of motorized trails up in the Golconda area. These trails would mostly connect existing motorized trails to form loop options.
Thanks for your participation in the public process!
Saturday July 13 Volunteer Trail Work Day
Join Mancos Trails Group Saturday July 13, for a fun and rewarding day clearing brush and repairing drainage features on the West Mancos Trail.
We will meet at 8:30am at the Transfer Trailhead just east of the Transfer Campground, up Road 42. Look for the Mancos Trails banner. Depending on the number of volunteers, we’ll divide into groups.
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 78 with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please come prepared!
Check the forecast yourself on Saturday morning at this link:
What to wear:
Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots and bring sunglasses or safety glasses, work gloves and 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 Transfer Trailhead just east of the Transfer Campground. Just drive about 15 minutes up County Road 42 from the intersection with Hwy. 184 in Mancos. Look for the Mancos Trails banner.
If you're late:
Just check in with the MTG representative at the trailhead for directions.
Keep an eye out for more upcoming events on our Facebook page: