Category Archives: Access Alerts

Parking Regulations, Trailheads & Private Property Issues

Please be sensitive to parking regulations, trailheads, private property and access issues when recreating outdoors this winter.

Ophir Parking

The TMtC has been working with the Town of Ophir to come up with a parking solution for the east end of the Ophir Valley. We are pleased to announce that parking is available at the Ute Memorial in East Ophir for day use. The Town of Ophir does ask that visitors use the West Ophir parking (in front of the maintenance barn) on all plow days. Plowing in Ophir is challenging and we ask that backcountry users respect the Town’s needs to plow on snow days. If the Ute area is full, please do not park on the street in East Ophir, instead fall back to the West Ophir parking area. The Ute memorial is at the edge of East Ophir before you turn left and go uphill. THIS LOCATION IS ON THE EDGE OF THE SPRING GULCH AVALANCHE PATH. PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK. Continue reading

Proposed East Bear Creek Trail


*Update: 9/26/16 – The USFS has a made a decision to approve the Bear Creek Trail Connection.*

The USFS in conjunction with the Town of Telluride are proposing a new trail in Bear Creek. Please see the official press release and map below. If you have a strong opinion about this trail, comments need to be submitted by September 16, 2016. Comments can be delivered to the Norwood Ranger District as follows: Norwood Ranger District, 1150 Forest Street, Norwood, Colorado 81423; Email:; and/or Fax: 970-327-4854. Oral comments can be made by calling the Norwood Ranger District office at Ph. 970-327-4261.  Continue reading

Anchor & Bolt Replacement Update

In the fall of 2015, Telluride Mountain Club received grant funding from the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club to replace anchors on our local climbing crags to create a safer climbing environment. We would like to extend a big thank you to both organizations for allowing us to replace old, faulty anchors and bolts on our climbing routes. Continue reading

Trails Update: 8/1/16

Each week, the USFS office out of Norwood has been sending a team to clear and fix minor issues on trails around the region. Here’s the latest update from our USFS Norwood Ranger District Trails Manager. Thanks to their team for all the hard work!

This week the Norwood Trail Crew Tentatively plans to work:


Sneffels Highline: cleaning and maintenance

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The Fowler-Boskoff Peak Naming Proposal

Are you in favor?

There is a proposal to commemoratively name two unnamed thirteen thousand foot peaks that straddle the border of Dolores and San Miguel Counties between Navajo and Elk Creek Basins after two internationally-prominent American mountaineers, Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff.

Let us know if you are in favor by taking a one-question survey, here.

Charlie Fowler and Chris Boskoff were residents of Norwood, Colorado at the time of their tragic deaths during an alpine climb in Tibet almost ten years ago. In 2006, the two climbers were caught in an avalanche while attempting to climb the Genyen Massif in Sichuan Province, China. Part of the attraction of the peak naming proposal is the proximity of the peaks to each other, symbolizing the partnership in life and death of Charlie Fowler and Chris Boskoff, and that proposed Boskoff Peak can be seen from the Town of Norwood where they resided.

The proposed Fowler Peak and Boskoff Peak are located in the Uncompahgre National Forest near Navajo Basin & Elk Creek Basin and the Wilson Range, approximately 10 miles southwest of Telluride and five miles northwest of Lizard Head Pass on Colorado 145.

We are still determining the best strategy to get the peak naming accomplished, but realize we will need support to make milestones with the Colorado State Government. Please help us by taking this short survey to let us know whether or not you are in support of the Fowler-Baskoff peak naming proposal.



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Thunder Trails are now OPEN!

Good news for San Miguel County residences and outdoor enthusiasts, the new Thunder Trails outside of Norwood, CO are now open!

The Thunder Trails System is open to hikers, mountain bikers, dirt bikers and horseback riders.

Enjoy the 19 miles of single track in the Thunder Trails system just outside of Norwood, Colorado. There are four interconnecting trail loops that offer fun and challenge for all. The trails west of Thunder Road (Forest Road 609) provide a rockier, more technical riding experience and offer views of Naturita Canyon. The trails east of Thunder Road travel through the ponderosa pine forest and open meadows, providing a smoother, faster ride.  Learn more about these trails here. Continue reading

Telluride Regional Trails Vision Survey Results

This fall, the Telluride Mountain Club (TMC) put together a survey to get an idea from community members about their vision for the future of Telluride’s regional trails system. The data that we have collected through this survey will help us draft a plan for the future of our trails and how to achieve the results we have received. 370 surveys were filled out in September and October of 2015, and here are the takeaways and results.

Survey Results, Overall Takeaways

  • Mountain Bikers want trails to be improved and more to be established
  • New trails should be built as multi-use trails
  • New trails should be built as medium challenge terrain trails
  • Hikers would like to see the High Country trails improved and to have better signage

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