Gunnison Trails is a non-profit trail advocacy organization established to assist land managers and other organizations and stakeholders, in maintaining existing trails, educating users on responsible trail-based recreation and pursuing new opportunities for biking, running and hiking trails which promote sustainable trail use throughout Gunnison County.
Foundation elements are:
- Assisting and working closely with local land managers from the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife on trail related projects and issues.
- Maintaining existing trails and trail infrastructure.
- Educating trail users and promoting responsible use of Gunnison area trails.
- Proposing, gaining consent and approval for, and constructing new trails and new trail systems.
- Working closely with other users of public lands and stakeholders including the ranching community, wildlife advocates and motorized trail users.
- Involving youth in the execution of our mission by providing meaningful and substantive opportunities for summer employment.
Since organizing in 2006, Gunnison Trails has:
- Racked up countless volunteer hours working on trails in the field; educating trail users; attending meetings with the public and with land managers; creating and presenting proposals for trails improvements on public lands near Gunnison, CO; as well as other trail advocacy tasks.
- Maintained the more than 40 miles of trails in the Hartman Rocks area on BLM public lands, most of which had never been maintained before. A component of this maintenance has been to construct substantial and robust trail features that armor the trail against the elements and use.
- Assisted the BLM in rerouting several trails that were in areas of natural resource concern and helped educate trail users about why these trails had to be moved.
- Worked closely with land managers at the BLM and Forest Service on the recently completed Travel Planning Process.
- Helped trail users to understand and honor season trail closure for wildlife protection.
- Has contributed more than $2,500 toward trail related projects and efforts on BLM public lands.