Thus was born Trails 2000, a nonprofit organization that builds and cares for multiuse trails and paths in Southwest Colorado.
"We knew that growth was starting to occur, and we knew that growth was inevitable," said Bob Allen, the first board president and a real-estate appraiser in Durango. "We felt that recreational trails, planning and creating recreational trail systems and connections should be part of planning for that growth."Today, the organization has built or maintained about 300 miles of trail - mostly in La Plata County, but also as far away as Silverton, Cortez and Farmington. It relies on 700 volunteers who donate 3,000 hours per year. It employs a full-time executive director, Mary Monroe, who coordinates trail building, fundraisers and educational events. Its annual budget: $150,000 from membership fees, grants and fundraisers.