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Telluride Trail Users,

Now more than ever we are relying on our public lands to offer us exercise opportunities, mental health and stability as we navigate the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Our community is incredibly lucky to have trails and national forest lands out our backdoor. As spring progresses in Telluride and San Miguel County, we wanted to offer our best trail practices to help you navigate your personal outdoor recreation needs.

We love seeing people out and about but want to remind everyone that now is not the time to get rowdy or extreme. Now isn’t the time to head to popular destination trailheads. Now is the time to explore the obscure, tiny thing close to home… and to be stoked you got out. We hope you stay safe and healthy friends!

Recreate by yourself or with people in your household

  • Limit contact and activities with individuals outside of your household
  • Don’t carpool or choose options that require a shuttle


Avoid crowds and busy trails

  • If you get to a recreation spot, trailhead or trail and it appears to be crowded, try going somewhere else
  • Consider avoiding popular trails at busy times of the day
  • Get creative to pick roads and trails that aren’t frequently used
  • Exercise close to home
  • Do not recreate in groups


Practice ‘Social Distancing’ guidelines on trails, the ski resort and in the backcountry

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth, mask or other means when you are around others


Share the trail

  • Be cognizant and considerate of others
  • Step off the trail to create a 6-foot buffer when people need to pass


Follow proper trail etiquette


Other considerations during this time

  • Avoid high-risk activities, our healthcare and emergency systems are already stressed
  • Consider putting your dog on a leash and don’t forget to pick up after them
  • Don’t recreate in public places if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus
  • Comply with local, county and state orders, codes and guidance
  • Stay alert, communicate when needed and slow your activities down a notch
  • Please consider staying within San Miguel County to recreate
  • Respecting our outdoor resources and community members is number one!


During this unprecedented time, the Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) asks for your help. If you haven’t already in 2020, please consider becoming a member to support the work we do to preserve and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Telluride region. This summer, TMtC will be busy with the following trail projects:


You can become a member and make donations to the Telluride Mountain Club here. We can’t thank you enough for your support during these challenging times.

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One Comment

  • Lauren Hoffman says:

    Just want to know if Bear Creek Trail is open, following proper edicate with Covid 19

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Telluride Mountain Club advocates for safe, accessible, enjoyable and respectful opportunities for human-powered recreational activities in the Telluride region, through education, awareness and collaboration.

Telluride Mountain Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.