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Michael Todt, of the East Third Avenue Boulevard Association, told Councilor Brant  that Acme has not been problematic for the neighborhood, but if they converted to a recreational retailer would negatively impact parking access on the street and create dangerous exposure to kids who would see the shop. Todt said he has never seen people smoking pot outside of the center. Photo courtesy of City Span 10.

Blogger defends free speech rights of City Councilors and their families with letter to Durango’s Board of “Ethics”

10 Nov 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Hello Mary Beth Miles, Please forward the following response to the “Ethics” Advisory Board regarding their recent advice to City Councilors who want to publicly endorse an LPEA candidate, or have a family member that’s wanting to serve on a municipal board. I get the impression that the Board is advising City Councilors to avoid endorsing any LPEA candidates because of a perceived conflict of interest caused by a Franchise Agreement that the City has with LPEA. From my perspective, when City Councilors get elected…


This conceptual design for a bike park at Cundiff Park was created for the City of Durango by Alpine Bike Parks, a full-service design/build contractor.

City official: four reasons for excluding a new bike park at Cundiff Park from the 2016 budget

2 Nov 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Four reasons that Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz gave for excluding a new bike park at Cundiff Park from the 2016 proposed capital improvements budget at the October 2015 Natural Lands Board meeting: Access to the land is held through a revocable easement by Carol Wiley. “It really shouldn’t be revocable if we’re going to invest $2.5 million dollars on a park development project. So we probably need to make that a permanent easement,” said Metz. The City is planning to scope the…


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GoPro movie: Raider Ridge to Medicine Trail to Snake Charmer rock quarry

2 Nov 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 5 Comments  



Kids zone at Chapman Hill Flow Trail, built by Alpine Bike Parks, now has a spring running through it. Forestry carnage left behind.

27 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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Riding Hog’s Back Mountain on a mountain bike with 26″ wheels, GoPro video

26 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

It’s a lot easier riding Hog’s Back Mountain after a rain, when the trail is tacky.


Eventually you come to some killer freeride obstacles.

Haflin Creek Trail GoPro video

22 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  



Update: Top three mountain bike shops in Durango in 2015–Horse Gulch Blog

17 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

In the small city of Durango–where cyclists have eight full-service mountain bike shops to choose from–only three get the high subjective recommendation of Horse Gulch Blog for their sales of quality mountain bikes, clothing, accessories, repairs, and customer service that you and your buddies appreciate. For a town with a growing base of mountain bikers, our readers should know which shops you can trust for products and service, as well as which one is bashing your choice to shuttle your bikes and friends with a…


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3 acres that Southern Ute Growth Fund wants in exchange for undetermined land in 3 springs

21 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Durango’s Natural Lands Board approved in concept a request of the Southern Ute Tribe’s Real Estate Growth Fund to trade 3 acres of open space lands owned by the City in exchange for 3 undetermined acres of contiguous open space lands owned by the Growth Fund. If the City Council agrees with the request, officials with the Growth Fund are hoping that the 3 acres off of Wilson Gulch Drive in Three Springs can be used as a new site for some affordable housing units.…


Purgatory's Trail Manager Josh Hamill cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the Divinity Downhill Flow Trail.

Grand opening of Divinity Downhill Flow Trail draws hundreds of mountain bikers. Video!

14 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Purgatory Resort lured a large crowd of mountain bikers into riding its new Divinity Downhill Flow Trail for its grand opening day, where a Forest Service official at a ribbon-cutting ceremony said that it might be the beginning of freeride trail projects that get approved for the mountain. Riders got themselves to the top on the uplift, some rode up a trail or the road, and many others shuttled with a vehicle up the Forest Service Road that runs through the resort once they found…


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New Divinity Downhill Flow Trail at Purgatory Resort to have grand opening on Sept. 13th

6 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Staggering social pressure brought by freeride mountain bike advocates, shortened ski seasons caused by global warming and the need to reign in the leaking tourist dollars spent by riders at bike parks elsewhere have pushed Purgatory Ski Resort in a new, progressive direction. On Sept. 13th, the new Divinity Downhill Flow Trail will be opening at Purg, complete with fat berms, table top jumps, a bridge, a wall ride, and lift access. Grady James and Josh Hamill did most of the work on this trail,…


Map of the proposed extension of Ewing Mesa Road that would connect Ewing Mesa with High Lama Lane by Three Springs as conceptualized by County officials in 2010.

City Planning Dept’s new conceptual plans for 3 Springs have Ewing Mesa Rd connection

4 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

New conceptual plans drafted by the City of Durango’s Planning Department show how mixed-use development may occur on parcels adjacent to Three Springs  with space for a big box store and a connection for the Ewing Mesa Road, to name a few. A City of Durango Planning Manager gave a public presentation Thursday night on two conceptual development plans that the City is gathering input on as a step towards determining how commercial growth will occur on land that’s adjacent or connected to Three Springs.…



Scenes from a Trails 2000 trail work afternoon on the new Sugar Trail in Horse Gulch

22 Aug 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Sugar Trail is a new multi-use, two-way cross country trail in Horse Gulch coming off of the top of Raider Ridge about 800 feet southwest from the top of Skyline Trail that Trails 2000 just finished building. When I say that the trail is finished, keep in mind that this trail is still soft and needs to be packed down by a cycle of rain and people using it. Sugar Trail is an intermediate trail with lots of switchbacks and berms at every corner. It…


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BMX Race Series at Cunfiff Park on Friday August 14th and Friday August 21st

13 Aug 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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New Sugar Trail to be built from top of Extended Raider Ridge to Horse Gulch Road

20 Jul 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A new trail coming off of the Extended Raider Ridge near the top of Skyline Trail down to Horse Gulch Road will be built in time for Todd and Ned’s Durango Dirt Fondo mountain bike race, says Trails 2000’s Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown. The trail will be mostly machine built, she said.



How the City Clerks spend their time regulating marijuana retailers who pay licensing fees

19 Jul 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Marijuana retailers in Durango are required to pay higher licensing fees than most other businesses, which leaves people wondering what the fees are used for, and why the City might ask voters to approve a new 5% tax on recreational retail marijuana sales. City of Durango officials say that the businesses license fees are required to help offset some of the costs associated with staff having to process their applications, and the required training that they need to help keep those businesses compliant with state and…



Rated: The best and worst tasting protein shake nutritional supplements found in local stores

18 Jul 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Drinking protein shakes to help your put on some weight, keep the weight that you have, or as a meal replacement should not happen at the cost of your happiness because their taste or consistency makes you want to barf. That’s why Horse Gulch Blog has this ongoing review of the best and worst tasting protein shakes on the market. Local stores have plenty of good-tasting protein shakes to where you shouldn’t have to resort to drinking one that makes you want to gag. I’ve…


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New multi-use cross country trails planned for Logchutes, San Juan National Forest

15 Jul 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Two new multi-use cross country trails have been approved for tread reconditioning in the Logchutes Loops Trail System on the San Juan National Forest, said Jed Botsford, Recreation Staff Officer for the Columbine Ranger District. The tread work was cleared through a categorical exclusion, which permits the tread reconditioning in the area on old logging roads, without the need for any further NEPA work, said Botsford. The first trail would be a lolly-pop style loop that would start and end at the midway point of…


Kitty Charmer Trail, was a freeride trail coming off of Raider Ridge that was known for its challenging yet enjoyable gap jumps.

R.I.P. Kitty Charmer Trail–A trail loved by many, closed by City officials

13 Jul 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 4 Comments  

Rest in peace Kitty Charmer Trail. City staff finished closing Kitty Charmer Trail today after working for two days covering the trail with debris and removing the dirt jumps on it, said Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz at a Natural Lands Board meeting today. Kitty Charmer trail was a mile-long freeride trail coming off of Raider Ridge in Horse Gulch that was infamous for its gap jumps and drops. Metz said that Kitty Charmer Trail was closed  because it was illegal, it crossed over private…



City of Durango staff discussing the *idea* of a new tax on retail marijuana. Let’s take a poll.

28 Jun 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

One topic in the agenda documentation for the study session that the Durango City Council is having this Tuesday is the idea of adding an additional tax to the sale of recreational marijuana as a source of revenue to use on City buildings. Here’s the text from the Purpose and Background on the agenda documentation, written by City Manager Ron LeBlanc: One of the key components of Colorado’s Amendment 64 is the recognition of local control, allowing local governments not just the ability to ban…



The new Chapman Hill Flow Trail opened today, so go ride it on your mountain bike

25 Jun 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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