Salida Mountain Trails

A nonprofit organization

$6,372 raised by 68 donors

100% complete

$5,000 Goal

Founded in 2004, Salida Mountain Trails (SMT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that plans, builds, and maintains trails in Chaffee County. SMT stewards 65 miles of trails that log about 330,000 uses annually.  

This year alone, SMT:

  • Completed 4,000+ hours of trail maintenance
  • Built a new trail (Backside)
  • Adopted 8 miles of the Rainbow Trail
  • Rebuilt and armored eroded parts of Frontside, Sand Dunes, and Unkle Nazty
  • Engaged youth in trail work (Southwest Conservation Corps, EcoServants, Salida Racing)
  • Partnered with Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to improve the Mount Shavano summit trail
  • Led joint volunteer projects on the Rainbow Trail and Monarch Crest with Central Colorado Mountain Riders
  • Secured $120,000 in grant funding for a countywide trails plan
  • Began planning significant improvements to the Burmac trailhead and area trails
  • Resurrected the FIBike MTB Race, and continued to grow the Banana Belt and Salida Bike Fest
  • Supported the Salida Enduro Series, Chaffee County Winter Running Series, Run Through Time, Methodist Mountain Ultra, and Vapor Trail

Your donation supports all this and more!


SMT’s mission is to provide world-class trails that support a robust local economy and a high quality of life. We envision an accessible trail network that offers ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, while mitigating impacts to natural resources. Today, SMT stewards 65 miles of singletrack—and counting.

Background Statement

From the Monarch Crest and Colorado Trail to the old local Sunset Trail, Salida has a rich and a storied history of hiking, biking, and trail use. Salida Mountain Trails (SMT) formed in 2004 as way for local citizens and trail enthusiasts to better engage with the Bureau of Land Management in developing the Arkansas River Trail Management Plan. In 2005, SMT developed our first official trails proposal, which outlined the basic plans for the Methodist Mountain and Arkansas Hills trails. In the years since, we have continued to build upon that plan, and today we manage more than 65 miles of trails—and counting. SMT leads all maintenance on these trails, and works with land managers and other stakeholders to develop additions and enhancements to the trail network.

Organization Data


Organization name

Salida Mountain Trails

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Recreation & Sports

Organization Size

Small Organization


PO Box 612
Salida, CO 81201

Service areas

Chaffee County, CO, US



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