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Volunteer Stewardship


The CMC State Stewardship Program seeks to implement volunteer projects that mobilize outdoor recreationists, create partnerships, link to our key landscapes, and contribute to the success of CMC Group stewardship programs through resource development and sharing. The Stewardship Program engages both members and non-members in volunteerism on public lands throughout Colorado and is funded by grants and private donations. NO PREVIOUS TRAIL WORK EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Join us!


Help us kick off the 2014 field season with a volunteer project at Apex Park to repair trails and flood damage.  A full day of food, music, fun and hard work will help Jefferson County re-open this great recreational asset in our backyard.  Register on the CMC website TODAY!




CMC 2014 State Stewardship Project Schedule


Project Location
Project Description

Click Here to Register!

Apex Park (Golden)

4th Annual Spring into Service Event

Flood recovery, trail construction, habitat restoration

Environmental Education, Family Friendly Food, Music & Fun!

May 17
Ice Cave Creek (Palmer Lake)
Trail Construction near Rampart East.

June 7

July 12

August 9

9/13 - 25667

10/11 - 25668

Four Pass Loop Trail (Aspen)
Weekend and week-long backpacking in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness to complete campsite and habitat rehabilitation

8/16 - 26674

9/7 - 26675

9/20 - 26676

Tenderfoot Mtn (Dillon)
Close and restore social trails and non-system routes to reduce illegal motorized use on Forest Service property

July - 26693

Aug - 26694

Badger Flats (Lake George)
Mapping, signage and non-system route closure to restore wildlife habitat and discourage illegal motorized use
Castle Peaks WSA (Eagle)
Weekend mapping project in Wilderness Study Area
7/18-20 - CMC - 26677
Oilwell Flats (Canon City)
New trail construction and sign installation at popular recreation area


You can now find volunteer projects (State and Group) on the new website calendar.
Search Trips>Stewardship or Events>Service Projects.

See our Project Photos on Flickr 


This video shows the Ice Cave Creek Trail, built in summer 2013 with 150 volunteer-workdays. The 2100' of new trail replaces an unsustainable social trail lower in the canyon.  



Protecting the natural resources of our public lands is crucial to the future of the Colorado Mountain Club. We are dependent upon the health and condition of our mountain environment for our backcountry recreational endeavors. To maintain a basis of support in conserving these fragile areas, it is very important for people to be able to personally experience them through their own form of responsible recreation and to participate in giving back to their favorite places. The Colorado Mountain Club’s Stewardship Program embraces this solution by organizing stewardship opportunities in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service,and other non-profit organizations around the state. Our goal is to find that critical balance between recreation and natural resource protection that will ensure the sustainability of our treasured back country for Coloradans today and for generations to come.

In 2013, over 600 trail volunteers contributed more than 5,800 hours of service.

Click here for the full 2013 stewardship report.




We need qualified trip leaders for our State program. Can you safely lead a group in the frontcountry or backcountry? Are you willing to help our staff with logistics around food and carpooling? Are you up to date on your Wilderness First Aid certification? We can send you to Crew Leader and Trail Skills classes if you are interested. Some trips simply need current CMC Trip Leaders when our partners provide technical leadership. Contact our Stewardship Manager at 303-996-2764303-996-2764 or stewardship(at) to get information about these opportunities.

Past projects include:

  • Backcountry hut maintenance with 10th Mountain Division Hut Association
  • Climbing and approach trail improvements at Colorado State Parks
  • Trail mapping with Bureau of Land Management
  • Tree planting and seeding with Mountain Studies Institute
  • Campground restoration with US Forest Service
  • Invasive species removal with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
  • Trail construction and maintenance with Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
  • Fence removal with Jefferson County Open Space
  • Downed tree removal with Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness