• Recreational Trails Planning, Construction, and Management.

  • We specialize in providing beautiful, functional trails.

  • Innovative, cost effective trail solutions.

  • Sustainable natural-surface trails for all uses.

TrailArts assists the public and private sectors with planning, construction, and management of shared-use trails that maximize user satisfaction while minimizing impacts to the surrounding environment. 

Our intuitive understanding of natural resource, land use, and recreation management is based on extensive experience in the field and more than two decades of recreation advocacy, trail consulting and trail construction.

We specialize in providing innovative and cost-effective solutions for the development and management of shared-use recreational trails while working in any variety of urban, suburban, rural and back-country setting. 

Our unique ability to balance the preservation of our natural resources with the demand to provide accommodating and sustainable facilities for ever-increasing numbers of and types of trail users is reflected in every service we provide.

Blending the artistry of nature with the sciences of resource management, our no-nonsense approach to trail planning and construction provides our clients the most state of the art trail development services, and the highest quality and most sustainable natural-surface trail systems available. 

The TrailArts Story

Dave Dessel, President

I began this trail odyssey in the shadows of Pikes Peak Colorado in the late 1980's doing rudimentary trail repairs during trail rides and helping the local park ranger and trail groups... Through the 90's I logged over 10,000 hours of volunteer hours working in the Colorado Springs and Pike National Forest area honing my skills and passion for trail work. And in 1998, we started our company to accommodate my continuing involvement in outdoor recreation and recreational trails.

That was a long time ago... Since then, TrailArts has performed consulting, planning, and construction on over 400 miles of natural-surface shared-use hiking, mountain bike, motorized, and equestrian trails throughout the mid-west and western United States. Our clients include contractors, municipalities, county agencies, state agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners.

We've developed trails in a variety of environments including: Foothills Shrub lands, Ponderosa Pine Grasslands, Juniper Forest, Sub-Alpine forest, Desert, and various elevations of riparian plant communities. And our planning and construction experiences range from gentle terrain with sparse vegetation, to steep rocky slopes of Douglas Fir and Aspen.

Our mission is to promote and advocate the development of natural surface recreational trails that are cost-effective and sustainable, minimize human impacts to the environment, and provide enjoyable facilities for the trail user.

We believe our reputation as a leader in the trail industry is due to this unwavering vision, our unique understanding of the needs of the trail user and land manager, and an appreciation and respect for the artistry of Mother Nature.

We are proud supporting members of the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA), the International Mountain Bicycle Association (IMBA), American Trails, and the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC).

Long Live Long Trails!


  • Colorado Springs Parks & Rec
  • Hansen-Larson Memorial Park
  • Ft. Lincoln State Park
  • Ft. Stevenson State Park
  • Boulder County, CO
  • Granby Ranch, CO
  • Gross Reservoir, CO
  • Indian Creek Homeowners
  • Indian Hills Resort
  • Harlan County Lake Park
  • Ridgeline Open Space Trail
  • Outlaw Ranch
  • Skyline Wilderness Park
  • Chuck Lien Family Park
  • Tuthill Park Trails, Sioux Falls, SD