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Volunteers to celebrate National Trails Day June 4

Pagosa Area Trails Council, Pagosa Trail Riders, and both San Juan Back Country Horsemen and 4Corners Back Country Horsemen are gathering their volunteers in the Monument Park area to work on trail sections on the celebration for National Trails Day June 4.

The groups have been doing these National Trails Day projects since 2007, bringing together local motorized and non-motorized users. Each group has designated a separate trail to work within these complex loops on Saturday. Afterwards all workers are invited to hook up with the 4CBCH and SJBCH at the FT 630W camping area for snacks and refreshments.

Pagosa Area Trails Council includes many local user groups, but their celebration day focus trail will be non-motorized, a steep section connecting Monument Park and Devil-Horse mountains. Individuals interested in joining this effort are invited. They do not need to be a member of any organization. Plan to meet John Applegate and Ivo Brieven at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Nello’s. From there, they will carpool to the work site. This group will clear FT 605 from FT 600 at Devil Mountain to its junction with FT 604. Please wear work clothes, including work gloves, work shoes or boots, hat and bring water and lunch. For information, contact Ivo Brieven at 731-2678.

The Pagosa Trail Riders will work ATV trail No. 703 off of Turkey Springs Rd. No. 629, including Chris Mtn. Rd. No. 681 around the mountain and possibly down to No. 628 and back up to No. 629. They will be meeting at the Piedra Road cattle guard. Please contact Ken Hearing for more information at 264-3838. ?

The Back Country Horsemen will take their crew of people and horses along the Devil and Horse Mountain Ridge, FT 600. Project Leader Bev Warburton can be reached at 731-0343 to sign up for this event, including camping both Friday and Saturday evenings. The Equine Herpes Virus outbreak stemming from Ogden, Utah, has made horse group activities subject to some restrictions. Consequently, only horses who have not been exposed are invited. Signup is needed.

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