Conquer the Springs Adventure Race – July 17th

Conquer the Springs Adventure Race

July 17th

New to Pagosa Springs this year is the Conquer the Springs Adventure Race!

Come out to the Turkey Springs Trail head area and get ready for 2 – 8 hours of adventurous fun!  We will have two separate races.  A beginners and kid friendly sprint race that will consist of hiking, biking and paddling in and on some of Pagosa Springs best trails then we will have a 6 – 8 hour race that will consist of hiking, biking, paddling and orienteering!

Curious about Adventure Racing?? Here’s your chance to volunteer and check it out at the same time! Please check out the available slots to sign up. Thank you!

Link for more information!

Link to the online event sign up page!

Jackson Mountain Announcement


We’ve been busy in 2020 with a vision for trails on Jackson Mountain.

Around 20 years ago, a system of user-created trails began to evolve on Jackson Mountain, a roughly 20 square mile parcel of National Forest situated east of the small Colorado mountain town, Pagosa Springs. These trails, used primarily by mountain bikers, connected existing logging roads in a network that lacks proper planning or adherence to sustainable trail design. Additionally, the trails do not have authorization from the Forest Service (FS) and as such have become a point of contention between the FS and mountain bikers as they gain in use and popularity. DUST2 advocates for and observes sustainable trail development following the legal process, and it is because of this that DUST2 began advocating for the Jackson Mountain trail system’s official recognition by the Forest Service.
After two years of advocacy, education, meetings and fundraising, we received significant support from the town, county, and other entities for the potential development of a Jackson Mountain trail system. As a first step, DUST2 decided to raise funds to help the FS pay for the analysis that would be required to evaluate the possibility of designating a trail system, should the FS agree to take on the project.
In March, it came to DUST2’s attention that the San Juan National Forest had selected the Jackson Mountain area to be part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLR).  This collaborative program provides an opportunity for organizations, partners, and other stakeholders to work with the FS on large-scale restoration efforts.  The FS also informed us that consideration of a mountain bike trail system would be included in the CLFR analysis.
By May of 2021, DUST2 had raised funds for the Forest Service to undertake the required analysis of developing a trail system on Jackson Mountain.  After recent discussions with the Forest Service, however, it became apparent that rather than paying for the analysis itself, the funds we generated would be better spent hiring a professional trail plan and design firm to provide consultation and assistance with trail design and layout.  DUST2 solicited bids from professional design firms and contractors to assist in identifying sustainable and fun trail corridors to be included in the Jackson Mountain CFLR project/analysis.  Because of their expert understanding of the NEPA process and their extensive experience working directly with multiple agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders to develop trail networks to address potential concerns and minimize unwanted impacts, DUST2 chose the International Mountain Bike Association Trail Solutions team.
If approved, the proposed Jackson Mountain trail system will be the first trail system that can be reached from downtown Pagosa that offers technical and advanced riding opportunities which our current trail networks lack (in addition to trails suitable for all skill levels). Not only this, but the proposed Jackson Mountain trails will have the potential to connect with our existing trail systems in and around Pagosa Springs, providing miles of diverse riding opportunities for both locals and visitors to our town.  We are grateful for all the support we have received to date and to the Forest Service for helping us navigate the often-complicated processes associated with moving a proposal such as this forward.  And while it is just a proposal at this point and outcomes are never guaranteed when it comes to environmental planning and analyses, we are thrilled to have gotten this far.  Stay tuned!

Wheelie Awesome Membership Party and Shaffers Shredder Fun Race!

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Wheelie Awesome Membership Party and Shaffers Shredder Fun Race!

Friday, June 25th

Mark your calendars for the Annual Membership Party on June 25th!
The DUST2 Membership party will be hosted at the Shaeffer’s @ 2445 County Road 400
Join DUST2 Wheel Club for our second annual Wheelie Awesome Membership Party cookout, potluck and Shaffers Shredder Family Fun Race at the Shaffers home on the range!
There will be Shaffers Shredder Fun Race categories for all ages and abilities, or you can just enjoy watching the racers and hanging out with your friends!
This year we have a very special trail announcement you won’t want to miss!
Come on out and enjoy the fun, become a member and support teams and trails in Pagosa!
Registration for the bike race is at 5:30pm
Adult race registration – $10.00
Under 18 registration – $5.00

2021 Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project: Windy Pass

2021 Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project: Windy Pass

August 13th

WHAT: Whether you hike, bike or ride a horse, please join DUST2 for a four day trail building/restoration partnership project led by Tyler Albers, Trails and Wilderness, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, and his trail crew, that will focus on the mid portion of the motorized Treasure Trail, Windy Pass. This is a 0.75 mile long section of trail located in the middle of the motorized portion of the Treasure Trail. This year’s project will focus on much needed restoration at Windy Pass. Volunteers can expect to hike 3 miles to the work site. Though you can anticipate some pretty arduous work days, the trail crew and DUST2 wheel club will do it’s best to make it super fun and rewarding!
WHEN: Friday, August 13-Monday, August 16, from 7:30am-5:00pm every day.
WHERE: Camp/staging area will be set up at the Windy Pass meadow, work will done on the section of trail indicated in the bright yellow circle on the attached map file. You do not have to camp to join trail work days.
WHY: The Treasure Trail is the crown jewel of our area mountain bike trails. Seemingly endless miles of sweeping single-track descending 2000 vertical feet from Wolf Creek Pass down to the East Fork road.
The purpose of this project is to restore and re-route the portion of the trail that goes through Windy Pass, thereby allowing for better and more aesthetic flow and continuity to the Treasure Mountain Trail.
Not only will this project increase ride-ability to this iconic trail, but it will be another important step toward solidifying a valuable trail-planning partnership with our local USFS district.
It is critical that the members of the Pagosa mountain bike community step up and show support for trail construction and expansion.
Please Join us!
LOGISTICS: The DUST2 Wheel Club has accepted the challenge of providing 10 volunteers a day to join Tyler and his trail crew for this four day project. This year we are looking for individuals to back pack into Windy Pass and stay one or three nights. The trail crew will provide meals and water for a daily fee of $10.00 per person to those who request them during sign up. While it is our goal to have 10 people camp for all four days, HOWEVER, we realize that this may not be realistic, so we have broken the four work days into 40 volunteer slots to fulfill the same goal.
Click the Facebook Event with more information.
Camping volunteers are expected to be self sufficient for as many days as you camp. You can camp for as many nights as you would like. We have provided a list of suggested items/tools below for those who are camping. The trail crew will proved a tent and tables and kitchen to serve as a gathering area for eating meals and hanging out in the evening.
Day volunteers will need to arrive in time to join the 7:00am briefing and stay as long as they are able. We have provided a list of items you will want to have if you join us for trail work days.
All volunteers will be expected to have work gloves, long work pants, sturdy, close-toed shoes, eye protection, sunscreen and water.
Day pack
Long sleeve shirt
Long work pants
Sturdy, closed toe shoes
Sunglasses/eye protection
Work gloves
First aid kit
Tent with a rain tarp
Sleeping bag
Water for however many days you plan on camping
Stove/cooking source
Gas source for stove
Kitchen utensils/cooking supplies
Biodegradable soap
Water bottle/bladder
Day pack
Extra socks, clothing
First aid kit
Camp towel
Lunch items that you can take with you on the trail
Breakfast/lunch/dinner for the number of days you are camping
Toilet paper
Trash bag/s
Long sleeve shirt
Long work pants
Sturdy, close-toed shoes
Eye protection/sunglasses
Camp lights/headlamp

Trail Work – Treasure Mtn

Treasure Trail Work
Work day at Treasure Mountain this Saturday June 5th.
Meet at the Treasure Trailhead at 8:30am, tools provided.
Plan on being outside most of the day.
Bring gloves, sturdy shoes/boots, rain gear, lunch/snacks, water and pants/long sleeves are suggested. 
We will be working on the tread in spots and clearing trees as we go. 
There is a camping option out East Fork on Friday for those interested, Food and drinks will be provided by DUST2.
Please confirm with Jake Emmets so we have numbers for food. 
Jake’s contact – jake@pagosamountainsports.com – 614-738-4083