Meet the Challenge, join the community to raise trail maintenance funds.

For the fourth year in a row, local donors Jeff and Alissa Merage are challenging the community to raise $10,000 for the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. This is an all or nothing challenge that runs through midnight July 31.

Funds from the matching challenge will push the TMEF fundraising campaign closer to its ultimate goal of $1 million to $1.5 million by 2026. This amount will be a permanent funding source for maintaining and improving non-motorized trails for hikers, bikers, equestriennes and other users in Routt and Moffat counties.

“The Steamboat community is extremely fortunate to have such a valuable resource and so many people who are dedicated to preserving it,” Jeff Merage said. “My vision is that the TMEF with the help of the community will continue to maintain an extensive trail system that both locals and visitors can enjoy and explore. I am especially excited for the prospect of exploring those trails with my kids as they grow into skilled mountain bikers and runners.”

Donate Now to Trails

Grants from the TMEF are made annually and have already funded several trail improvement projects, including the Uranium Mine trail near Fish Creek Falls and the Wyoming Trail near Summit Lake in Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

The Merage Family Fund is a donor-advised fund held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. If the family’s $10,000 matching challenge is met, it will boost the TMEF balance to over $500,000.  The full $10,000 must be raised by July 31st. To contribute, go to

The Trail Endowment Fund is held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, a primary source for philanthropic resources and education for donors and nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, contact Helen Beall at 970-879-8632.