I am writing in response to Jodi Dellers letter about the messy trails from horse tracks (Herald, May 24). When I finished laughing, I began to seriously ponder if these people are for real. When the trails are open rain, snow or shine people can hike, ride horses, pedal bikes and, on some, even ride a motorcycle.
I deeply apologize for whomever rode their horses up there, as Im sure they were just moving cattle into the high country, or maybe they were turkey hunters (those blasted hunters), or maybe they were just out enjoying our forest. Deller shouldnt worry: In due time, the Forest Service will have the whole thing shut down to everyone, so the trails will be fine.
Did Deller ever think that maybe cows went up the trail? Cattle do use major trails sometimes in the mountains, as do elk and deer. Maybe when Deller tries to outlaw horse travel on trails, she can tell the cows and the wildlife to stay off them, too, so her ride will be nice and easy. Lets pass another new tax to pave all the mountain trails, too, so she wont have to go over any bumps.
Last but not least, does she really believe that bicycles dont cause damage? Mountain bikers do more damage to trails than other forms of trail users primarily because of their sheer numbers, knobby tires and the ease with which the riders can lug their bikes to trailheads to reach sensitive foot trails.
It is letters like Dellers that make me wonder why people move here and think they own the whole dang mountain. If people dont like it, they should move back to whichever coast they moved here from or do like the other half-million bicyclists and ride on the road.
Drivers and horsemen have been more than patient dealing with the hassle of thousands of bicycles on the roads and our trails. I think cyclists can deal with a few horses.
Dug Ward, Durango