The purpose of the Fund is to provide a permanent endowment to support specific non-motorized trail and trailhead maintenance projects on public lands within the current geographical boundaries of Routt and Moffat Counties.
A board, consisting of a land manager from the city, USFS, BLM, and State Parks, as well as an appointee of the Steamboat Springs Chamber president and two citizens with diversified trail interests appointed by YVCF, will determine trail maintenance priorities and projects each year, based on need. Funds are distributed to the land manager who determines how best to conduct the trail maintenance.
The fund is managed by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
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Supporting the TMEF
Raising money to support our trails forever doesn’t happen overnight. This is a ten-year fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $100,000 annually. Becoming a donor is a commitment to our future. The following donor levels are achieved cumulatively and maintained with an annual gift, until 2026.
$1-$249 – Trail Donor
You love trails. You are now a part of forever. Thank you for being a Trail Donor.
$250–999 – Trail Maintainer
You love trails. You are now a part of forever. Thank you for being a Trail Maintainer.
$1000 –$9,999 – Trail Protector
You love trails. You are now a big part of forever. Thank you for being a Trail Protector. Your name will be listed permanently on local public lands so future trail users can enjoy what your gift protected.
$10,000 -$49,000 – Trail Lover
You really love trails. You are now a big part of forever. Thank you for being a Trail Lover. Your gift is one of love to the trails that you care about today, providing them maintenance so they can be loved tomorrow. Your name will be listed permanently on a plate on local public lands so future trail users can enjoy what your gift protected.
$50,000 + Vista Seeker
Supporting Yampa Valley Trails forever can seem exhausting. Good thing there is a bench that recognizes your support to the fund. The crew will also have a place to take a rest and enjoy the vista after enjoying the fruits of their labor.
$100,000 + Journey Creator
Creek crossings can be a hazard. You can be a part of our trail system forever with a bridge made in recognition of you. Every time you cross your bridge, you know that your donation to the fund supports crew members to work on the trails for several weeks every year – forever. You impact will create and allow for countless journeys to start with the cross of your bridge. Thank you for being the bridge to the success of the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.