NRT Ambassador Program

American Trails is seeking motivated volunteer Trail Ambassadors that are willing to visit as many of the National Recreation Trails in their region as possible to gather data and identify issues on these great trails.


The Program

National Recreation Trails (NRTs) are some of America’s finest trails. With almost 1,300 trails in the database, NRT’s include trails for all users types (equestrian, atv/utv, motorcycle, snowmobile, hiking, mountain biking, etc.), are located in urban and rural settings, and are managed by a variety of Federal, State, and local managing agencies.

American Trails has managed the database of these unique trails and has launched a new program to organize Trail Ambassadors to inform, preserve, and protect these national treasures. If you would like to apply to be among the first cadre of NRT Trail Ambassadors, please contact American Trails.

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The Ambassadors

Volunteer NRT Trail Ambassadors are responsible for reviewing the data gathered on the NRT’s in their assigned regions, gathering data that is outdated and/or missing, and hiking the length of each trail and uploading centerline GPX data for each trail.

Pre-requisites for Becoming a NRT Trail Ambassador

Individuals interested in volunteering for the NRT Trail Ambassador program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be an active trail user
  • Submit a Trail Ambassador Application
  • Possess a valid drivers license
  • Complete a “NRT Trail Ambassador" online training session (3 hrs)

What is covered at a “NRT Trail Ambassador" training session?

Prospective new “NRT Trail Ambassadors" will receive training covering the following topics:

  • NRT Trail Ambassador Program Overview
  • Policies and Guidelines
  • Volunteer Expectations
  • Program Paperwork
  • Trail Monitoring
  • Equipment Requirements
  • Risk Management
  • GPS Training
  • Meeting & Greeting Trail Users

How do I become involved?

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the Trail Ambassador program are welcome to submit an application:


American Trails
P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395
[email protected]