Dear Editor:

Our sixth annual membership party at Boathouse Cantina in May was an overwhelming success.

From the membership party and via our webpage, we have 240-plus members for this year thus far, and via membership dues, business sponsorships and silent auction items, we raised enough to build more trails and maintain more Salida trails.

This is out largest fundraiser of the year and will help to pay for professional trail construction over the next several years.

If you were not able to attend the party, your membership is still very much needed and super appreciated. You can easily join for this year by visiting us at

Thanks to all of our business sponsors and auction item donors:

7,000 Feet Running Co., Absolute Bikes, Altamont Landscaping, Amazing Grace, Breckenridge, Amigo Lodge, Arrowhead Trails, Art and Salvage, Badfish SUP, Beadsong, Boathouse Cantina;

Brady’s West, Brinkley Messick Art, Café Dawn in Salida and Rocky Mountain Bicycles in Breckenridge, Central Colorado Dermatology, Collegiate Peaks Bank, Colorado Mountain Realty, Colorado Sports Recycler, Diesslin Structures Inc., Elevation Beer Co., Exerflex;

Eye Candy, First Colorado Land Office, First Street Family Health, Fish Builders, Harald Kasper with Salida Physical Therapy, Hearthstone Restaurant in Breckenridge, High Country Bank, Hoot and Melissa Jory, Jon MacManus Art, Jug Liquors;

Land and Water Concepts, Landmark Surveying & Mapping, The Maverick Potter, Michael Haynes Art, Mike Orrill, Mountain Outfitters in Breckenridge, Opal Boutique, Orion Integration Services, Oveja Negra, Palace Hotel, Pinon Real Estate Group;

Powell and Murphy, PC, Rescue Essentials, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, Roxy’s Bottle Shop, Sacred Ground Coffee, Salida Bike Co., Salida Family Dentistry, Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, Salida Mountain Sports, Salida Massage & Aesthetics, Salida Rentals;

Salida Sport & Spine, Shomion family, Shred Ready, Simple Foods, Singletrack Supply Co., Soulcraft Brewing, Su Casa Furniture & Sleep Shop, SubCulture Cyclery, Sue Fosseen, Sutty’s Downtown Records & Art;

Tenderfoot Health Collective, Teresa Koransky Art, Third Street Suites, Timberline Partners, TJ Hittle Landscape Architect, Twisted Gems, Vino Salida, Wood’s Distillery, Yoga Olas, Yolo and Zier Niemann Consulting.

Also, big thank you to our membership committee who helped make this event such a huge success, including Susan Dempsey Hughes (chair), Andrew and Teresa Koransky, Mark and Becky Merklein, Connie Goscinski-Smith, Sue Fosseen, Erin Hunter, Jane Barnett, Chris Miller, Matthew McCulley, Aaron Derwingson, Andrea Wilson, Sacha Halenda, Robin NeJame and Mike Smith.

If you’d like to be involved in helping plan this fun event next year, let us know with an email to

Lastly, big shout-out to our 2019 Sustaining Sponsors and 1 percent donors: Boathouse Cantina, High Country Bank, Absolute Bikes, Diesslin Structures Inc., Jug Liquors, Salida Mountain Sports and Brady’s West.

These businesses really stepped up their commitment to Salida Mountain Trails this year by either donating $2,500 or collecting 1 percent by adding to their bills (patrons can opt out if they wish). We greatly appreciate these businesses for their unwavering support.

For more info and/or to get involved: or

Susan Hughes,

Salida Mountain Trails