Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach


Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps

Youth crews have built over 75 miles of new trail in rugged environments along the Continental Divide.

Since the creation of the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) Youth Corps, crews have constructed over 75 miles of new trail in some of the most rugged and extreme environments along the Continental Divide. Their experiences living and working in places such as the Wind River Range in Wyoming, the high country of Colorado and the high deserts and mesa country in New Mexico have been shared with over 4,800 people in the form of public presentations and slide shows.

With RTP awards from three states in 2006, the CDTA Youth Corps utilized thousands of volunteer hours to construct and improve miles of trail along the Continental Divide.

Youth Corp Projects

Colorado: CDTA Youth Corps utilized 1,811 volunteer days to complete the four projects listed in the 2006 RTP grant, constructing 14.75 miles of new trail.

New Mexico: CDTA Youth Corps in New Mexico coordinated 48 volunteers across five projects in the Burro Mountains and Aspen Mountain areas and utilized four weeks of Youth Corps crew work in the Burro Mountains, completing 4.67 miles of the CDT.

Wyoming: CDTA Youth Corps and volunteers in partnership with the Bridger Teton National Forest used 1,200 volunteer hours to complete seven miles of major trail reconstruction, with an additional 312 volunteer hours to construct an 80-foot turnpike and improvements on three miles of trail.

Wyoming: CDTA volunteers contributed 612 hours of labor to replace a 100' turnpike, construct a 5' bog bridge and build drainage structures over a one-mile stretch.

More winners of this award

2023: Statewide Conservation Trails Crew

2021: Evans Creek ORV Area

2020: Monadnock Trail Improvement Project

2019: Lassen Peak Trail

2018: Pole Mountain Trails - Wyoming

2017: Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona

2016: Rock Creek Park Bridge Project - District of Columbia

2016: Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew - Utah

2015: Iowa DNR Americorps Trail Crew - Iowa

2014: Alaska Trails Mobile Tool Trailers

2013: Leicester Hollow Loop Trail - Vermont

2012: Mount Yale Trail Realignment - Colorado

2011: Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trail System - Alaska

2010: Hyde Park Heritage Greenway - New York

2009: North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail - West Virginia

2006: Swallow Falls Trails and Muddy Creek Falls Overlook - Maryland

2005: Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota

2004: North Fork I and II Trail Projects - Oregon

2003: North Fork Boise River Trail Rehabilitation - Idaho