It was a year of exciting growth at the VVMTA! 2022 brought more staff, different trail projects and our new outdoor recreation program, Soul Dirt. Created in partnership with Vail Health’s Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, Soul Dirt provides opportunities for sustainable recreation, social connection and environmental stewardship on the trails. For over ten years, the VVMTA has been taking care of our community’s trails, now with Soul Dirt we can also focus on sharing our love for them. Everyone deserves to experience the transformative benefits of the outdoors, so it is our hope that this program will help more people find the trail to a healthy life.
Through Soul Dirt, the VVMTA has formed new partnerships with organizations in the Valley like Mountain Pride, Shaw Cancer Center, Eagle Valley Outdoor Movement and more. These partnerships have empowered over 400 people to experience the trails and all they have to offer (some for the first time!).
Trails are the perfect place to connect with nature, our community, and to heal. They offer a space to exercise, meet new people, find moments of peace and gratitude, or simply, have some fun! As we look back to understand the impact Soul Dirt had in its first year, we reached out to participants to tell their Soul Dirt stories…
Thank you to everyone that joined us on the trail in 2022 and we can’t wait to see what next year brings. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2023!
See you on the trail,
Shawna Wants You To Help Us Get Our Community Outside:
Donate now to support our community with:
- Gear: A significant barrier for our community to get outside is simply the right gear. Whether it’s a helmet, bike, water bottle, or backpack, we are always in need of more gear for our participants to encourage them to get outside.
- Resources & Education: Support to increase the resources available to our community to understand how, where, and why they can get outside on the trails. Imagine not knowing you have a trail in your backyard that is free and yours to use. We want to make sure our community knows this and feels welcome to use it.
- Food, Drink, & Swag: Getting out on our trails is a great way to socialize and celebrating a great time on the trails with food, drink, and swag always reinforces the excitement and builds relationships amongst our community.