Trail crew members work outside to help create, maintain, and restore our trails.
Requirements: This program is great for volunteers of all skill levels who like to work outside, but can sometimes involve hard physical labor. Every volunteer is encouraged to work at their own pace and enjoy their time volunteering.
Time commitment: Projects can vary from one to several days and range from 4 to 8 hours each day.
- Best time of year: Trail maintenance projects typically occur over the summer months (May - October).
Good for groups? Yes. Teamwork is key in getting trail maintenance done correctly and efficiently.
Good for one-time volunteering? Yes. Trail crew projects have on-site training right before the project starts and the assigned tasks can be finished same-day.
Project Highlight - Eldorado Canyon
"Over four decades, staff, trail crews, and volunteers have been building and maintaining
Eldorado Canyon's network of trails. Sometimes a whole day is spent rigging and moving one 600-700 pound stone only to find that it just won’t fit well. On better days, teams move tons of rock and build beautiful stairs and walls. The park implements trail building techniques from internationally acclaimed stone masons and trail workers including Lester Kenway, Sean Adcock, Neil Rippingdale, Michael Murphy, and Peter Jensen. Beginners are particularly welcome."
- Mike, Park Resource Technician at Eldorado Canyon State Park
Read more about what our volunteers are currently up to on the
CPW volunteer newsletter.