About Us

We're a locally owned and operated outdoor specialty retailer in Buena Vista, Colorado. Since 1972, The Trailhead has been a leading expert in outdoor knowledge and gear expertise. 

Our staff is equipped to help you find the gear you need and offer knowledge of the backcountry; we’ll explain route directions and offer tips for local hiking, camping, rock climbing, running, snowshoeing and skiing.

So stop on in our shop and say hey! We can't wait to suit you up with some new gear and help you find some cool routes for your next outdoor adventure. #GoThereStartHere

Meet our Staff

Chances are, one of these people will ring you up for your dehydrated noodles:

 

Dave Blazer

Owner

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Rock climbing, sleeping, and traveling. 
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Rock Climbing near the Midland Tunnels. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: Sugar. 
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Traveling to Bhutan. 

Ashley Blazer

Owner

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Climbing, biking, guitar playing, and adventuring outside with my family.
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Biking with friends on the Midland Trail.
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: Sunshine and a good book! 
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Multi-day horse packing trip (summer) and cross country ski trip (winter) in the mountains with my favorite people.

John Williams

General Manager

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Biking, skiing, nerding out about insulation jackets, watching football, reading business books, and spending time in the backcountry, whether that's on a bike, on the river, or in the snow. 
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Hiking to the top of Midland Hill to see the awesome views of the Mountains and Arkansas Valley; backpacking through the San Isabel National Forest; and long bike rides to explore new areas around BV. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: Sunglasses.
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Completing a bike tour and a through hike (unsure where yet!). 

Susan Wood

Marketing Guru & Event Planner

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Hiking, running, backpacking, whitewater rafting, writing, and reading.
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Running on the Midland Hill trails, hiking to local alpine lakes like Lake Ann, and rafting the Arkansas River.
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: Chapstick! And coffee.
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Traveling to Ireland, Norway, Sweden & India and completing a triathlon.

Alex Garrison Hufft

Floor Manager

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Rock climbing and skiing!
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Climbing in the Fourmile Area of Buena VIsta. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: My dog, Ollie. 
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Skiing in Japan and climbing in Fontainebleau, France.

Brad Bosard

Sales Associate & Longest Employee of The Trailhead 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Moto touring throughout North America (Alaska into Mexico) on my BMW 800 GS, fat biking, mountain biking, road biking, bike packing, trail running, back country skiing, cross country skiing,  challenging my hang board, reading, cooking, baking, watching season 6 of Game of Thrones, visiting the New Mexico hot springs, trail building, and eating pie!
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Backpacking or trail running in the Fourmile area.
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Visit to Alaska on GS 800 to ride to Invec, Canada (way above Canadain Artic Circle, moto to Cobo San Lucas, Mexico - Baja) and riding my mountain bike to Antalope Wells (Mexican Border on Divide route), New Mexico.

Jacob Lewis

Sales Associate 

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Backpacking, trail running, rock climbing, and skiing. 
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Climbing Mount Harvard. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: Sour Patch Kids!
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Weston Parks

Sales Associate

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Playing guitar, biking, and fishing. 
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Rafting the Browns Canyon section of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: A good hat! 
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Rafting through the Grand Canyon. 

Lexie Davidson

Sales Associate

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Photography and Laughing.
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Backpacking in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area, specifically around Texas Creek. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: A good hat - sun protection people! 
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Visiting New Zealand to go backpacking. 

Mandy Demetriou

Sales Associate

 

  • Favorite Hobbies/Activities: Yoga, running, biking, climbing, listening to classical music while reading, creative writing, and occasionally tickling the ivories. 
  • Favorite Local Adventure: Rafting, running around town, or hiking to Kroenke Lake. 
  • One thing you can’t live without in woods or water: Aquaphor, sunglasses, and one of my sassy hats. 
  • Favorite adventure you haven’t taken yet: Hiking El Camino de Santiago or living in a yurt in Mongolia and owning multiple goats.