This Sunday, after waiting patiently to allow our trails to dry out from the recent rains, a few of us decided to go for a mountain bike ride. Everyone was all smiles and happy to finally be out again until we came to the intersection of South Rim and Carbon Junction. The trail was a trampled mess of 4- to 5-inch-deep impressions of horse tracks. These tracks led up Carbon Junction and continued on Crites Connection completely damaging the trail the entire way. It appeared that these tracks were also on Sidewinder, if not more trails.
My logical reasoning cannot grasp what these people were thinking. The damage went on for miles and will take weeks to repair. My friends and I are very conscientious not to ride on the trails when they are muddy. This rule should apply to all users, equestrians included. I hope whoever caused this damage will think about the many hours of work it will take to repair what they did.
I stayed home during the rain they should have also. Its common sense and common courtesy.
Jodi Deller, Durango