Telluride Mountain Club Seeking Community Input on Trails
TMtC needs your feedback on regional trails to help shape our planning and future projects. TMtC wants to be sure our work aligns with your visions for Telluride’s trails. THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.
For Immediate Release:
Telluride, Colorado (November 5, 2021) – The Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) is seeking feedback from the community on all things trails via their Telluride Regional Trails Survey. The survey seeks to understand the community’s input for future trail planning and projects (or lack thereof). The survey is 33 questions and takes most respondents 10 to 15 minutes. TMtC hopes to generate hundreds of responses to help shape their role with trails moving forward.
TMtC has been involved with trails since 2015. It all started with a simple survey to understand the community’s vision for trails in and around the Telluride region. The survey results were used to formulate and compile a Trails Proposal that was submitted to the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 2017. In 2019, with funding support from San Miguel County, SMART, the Town of Mountain Village, and the Telluride Foundation, TMtC released a Trails Sustainability Plan with the purpose of providing an updated inventory of the existing trail network and develop a proposal of non-motorized trails which would connect and build upon the current trail system.
Fast forward to 2021. TMtC has been successful in partnering with community governments and entities to help bring trail projects to life, including the Bridal Veil Trail and new bridge, the Jud Wiebe replacement bridge, NEPA approval on the Eider to Mill Creek Connector, and ongoing trail maintenance. Now is the perfect time to check in with the community, trail users, and stakeholders to understand current and future needs.
TMtC will use the survey responses to guide future planning, projects, priorities, and so much more. The club is interested in supporting the community’s vision, not creating its own.
“We are hopeful that everyone who has an interest in the future of trails will fill out this survey. The more feedback, ideas, and input we get, the more thoughtful our strategy can be moving forward,” says Heidi Lauterbach, TMtC Director. “Our community’s trail wants, and needs are incredibly diverse. In creating this trail survey, we hope to better understand what the community is seeking.”
The trail survey will be online through the end of the year. If you enjoy Telluride’s trails, please take the time to fill out the survey. See you on the trail!