Trail Etiquette in the COVID-19 Era

Colorado’s statewide Stay-at-Home order states:

“You should stay home as much as possible except for critical activities including: 

 • Participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties.”

For many of us trail riders, home is where the heart is. And our hearts are quite often at home on the local trails!

For now, recreation on trails is not prohibited. However, most local Roaring Fork trails are either still closed, under snow, muddy or too crowded.

If you need to ride — and who doesn’t? — Please respect closures, ride dirt not mud, and of course, keep it safe and keep your distance.

 For getting your “dirt fix,” we recommend:

  • Keeping at least a bike length from others.
  • Riding empty dry double track, rather than congested singletrack (Red Hill).
  • Exploring remote and dry gravel roads.
  • Not taking risks.
  • Not congregating at trail heads.
  • Continue to follow CDC’s most up to date guidelines.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Director Gary Tennenbaum warned Tuesday that if people ignore social-distancing requirements and hang out in crowds while recreating outside, they will leave public land managers no choice but to take drastic actions.

 “If we [enjoy recreation] responsibly, we can keep it going,” Tennenbaum said. “Closing public access is such a big step that we don’t want to take.”

Thank you for your diligence in this challenging time. We’re all in this together. Please stay healthy.