GOLDEN, Colo. — It's snowy today. It won’t be for long.

That’s how Colorado rolls.

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We met up with Matt Robbins from Jefferson County Open Space to learn how to be a responsible trail user when that fluffy white snow turns to goopy brown mud up and down the Front Range.

Go through the mud, not around it, he says.

  • Whether on foot, bike, horse, or whatever you choose to use to explore outside - when you see mud, go straight through it.
  • Going around mud damages vegetation, widens the trail, and leads to erosion.

Bring appropriate footwear.

  • When playing in the mud your shoes will get muddy. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Many trailheads have boot cleaning facilities to get that muck off your shoes.
  • Bring a bag to throw your muddy shoes in and keep your car clean.

Check trail conditions and closures before heading out. Here are some resources:

Enjoy the snow!

  • Go higher up and enjoy the snow in the mountains while the Front Range thaws.
  • Try alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, fat-tire-biking, etc.

Get outside. Enjoy Colorado. Just do it respectfully. If you have any other tips or resources feel free to email me (, so I can add them to our list. You can also hit us up on social media with #HeyNext.

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