When DeLaine Brown and her husband ventured onto trails on Duffy Mountain, they received a surprise.
Brown, the president of the Yampa Valley OHV Trailriders Club, said when they reached a campsite, they found it had been trashed.
Instead of letting the trash stay, the Trailriders and the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office did something about it.
On May 16, the two groups cleared trash, and a lot of it, on Duffy Mountain.
“When we were done, we weighed in 300 pounds of trash,” she said.
Brown said that amount was troubling.
“Our trails are always in jeopardy,” she said. “If we don’t take care of them, or if they are damaged, they could be closed.”
Cleaning trails is one of the Trailriders’ missions, Brown said.
“We encourage people to make sure that whatever they bring in, they take out,” she said. “None of us left the trash, but you know what? It still needs to be picked up.”
Duffy Mountain, which is located south of Craig, has several off-road trails.
Gina Robison, the BLM’s outdoor recreation planner, said the amount of garbage was disappointing.
“We had good portions of trash, and it took us close to eight hours (to clean it up),” she said. “We also went driving around the roads and picked up any trash we saw.”
Unfortunately, it wasn’t just Duffy Mountain that encountered problems in the last month, Robison said.
One of the kiosks at Sandwash Basin was destroyed.
“Over Memorial Day weekend, somebody went through the effort to tear out one of the sides,” Robison said. “They definitely had to use a vehicle.
“It’s disappointing. When you have incidents like that, it takes away money from
Robison encourages anyone who sees trash or destruction on the trails to call the BLM office at 826-5000.
Robison said the BLM is more than willing to clean up trash on the trails.
“If it’s reported to us, we’ll go out and clean it,” she said.
However, she also warned, “We manage 1.3 million acres of land, so it’s hard to hit all the spots.”
The Trailriders, who will ride again at 9 a.m. June 20 with a meet-up at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supplies, will continue to clean up trails when they can, Brown said.
“One of our purposes is to keep the trails open,” she said. “We want to help the BLM and the forest service whenever we can.”