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Volunteer Stewardship


Gain new skills! Meet new people! Give back to the places where you love to play!

As outdoor enthusiasts, it is our responsibility to help maintain and restore our public lands. Join CMC for a fun and educational stewardship project in beautiful areas across the state. 






Upcoming Projects - limited space available so register today!

October 4-5 - Badger Flats Habitat Restoration (Lake George)

October 11-12 - Jim Creek Riparian Restoration (La Jara)

October 18-19 - Badger Flats Habitat Restoration (Lake George)

October 18-19 - Oilwell Flats Trail Signing (Canon City)




CMC 2014 State Stewardship Project Schedule

Project Location
Project Description

Click Here to Register!

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

Aug 16-17

Sept 7-14 EcoGO

Sept 20-21

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

July 26-27

Aug 23-24

Sept 13

Sept 27-28

Badger Flats (Lake George)
Mapping, signage and non-system route closure to restore wildlife habitat and discourage illegal motorized use

June 14-15

July 19-20

Aug 2-3

Oct 4-5

Oct 18-19

 NEW! - Jim Creek Riparian Restoration (La Jara)
 Trout Unlimited will help lead this important restoration project to protect sensitive riparian habitat in the San Luis Valley!
 Oct 11-12
Oilwell Flats (Canon City)
New trail construction and sign installation at popular recreation area
Oct 18-19
 Collegiate Peaks Overlook (Buena Vista)
 Stewardship & Education!  Saturday CMC will host a stewardship project to construct trail re-routes with the BLM.  Sunday The Denver Group's Wilderness Trekking School will present a free Navigation Course in BV.
 June 21-22
 Mt. Evans Wilderness Project (Idaho Spring)
 Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act by giving back and helping to maintain the popular Chicago Lakes Trail
 June 28
 Castle Peaks WSA (Eagle) Weekend mapping project in Wilderness Study Area July 18-20
 Mt. of the Holy Cross (Minturn)
 CMC and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative will team up for a four-day stewardship project in the backcountry
 July 3-6
Brainard Lake (Boulder County)
New trail construction with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers at this popular recreation area.
Aug 23-24
Ice Cave Creek (Palmer Lake)
Trail Construction near Rampart East.

June 7

July 12

August 9

Sept 13

Oct 11

 Denver Group Stewardship Projects

 USFS Clear Creek

     May 31; July 19; Aug 2; Aug 23; Sept 6

USFS South Platte

     June 14; June 21; July 26; Aug 16; Sept 20

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

     June 9; July 7

Details on Calendar


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.  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.

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