The Colorado Trail Foundation

Help Keep the Colorado Trail in Great Shape!

Posted: October 26, 2020
Location: Colorado

photo credit: Hopkins.m.s

Kiosk for the South Cottonwood trailhead of the Colorado Trail, near Buena Vista.

You can help give back to the CT a number of ways. You can help with our main mission by working on The Colorado Trail to keep it in good condition or you can assist with one of the supporting tasks needed to sustain the Trail.

Each summer our volunteer crews have fun caring for the Trail. CTF crews accomplish major Trail maintenance and improvement projects. Crews are made up of volunteers like you: people who enjoy the outdoors, enthusiasts who like being with others and working as a team to accomplish the goal of “keeping the Trail.” Our volunteers camp near the Trail, eat good food, meet other great people, work together, and enjoy maintaining and enhancing the Trail. The work takes some energy and will help keep you fit. The surroundings are a big plus, being in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Participants enjoy the camaraderie, a sense of accomplishment and find that Trail work with The Colorado Trail Foundation is truly fun. We hold week-long crews, weekend crews, and sometimes one day crews. Please volunteer. We need your help to care for the Trail.

Another opportunity is to participate in our Adopt-A-Trail program. Volunteer adopters and their helpers carry out annual Trail maintenance in late spring and summer to prepare the Trail for use by hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. Volunteering to care for a particular segment, Adopt-A-Trail participants develop a sense of ownership and pride in their personal piece of trail. The work involves cutting trees that have fallen across the Trail and maintaining and improving water diversions to prevent Trail erosion. The work is fun and gratifying. Although some adopters stick with their commitment for many years, with nearly 60 adopted segments, we always have segments that need volunteer adopters. Friends of The Colorado Trail can volunteer in ways other than working on the Trail. These opportunities include supporting Trail workers with food, transporting people and equipment and helping in the CTF office with mailings or other administrative tasks.

Application Process

Please contact The Colorado Trail Foundation office at 303-384-3729 or via email if you are interested in volunteering. To register for a trail crew, use our Trail Crew Registration page.