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 2012, over 600 trail volunteers contributed more than 7,500 hours of service.
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.
We offer over 70 volunteer opportunities every summer, including
one-day and multi-day trips. NO PREVIOUS TRAIL WORK EXPERIENCE
NECESSARY. Join us!
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.
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
CMC 2013 State Project Schedule
Ice Cave Creek, Palmer Lake July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12
10th Mountain Jackal Hut Caretaking, Leadville June 28-30 FULL
North Maroon Peak Restoration with CFI, Aspen July 11-14 & Aug 15-18
Fraser to Granby Trail Project Volunteer July 20
Lyons Gulch Campground Restoration, Dotsero July 20
Castle Peak WSA Trail Mapping, Wolcott July 27-28
Brainard Lake Trail Project with WRV, Ward August 17-18
Maroon Creek Campground Closures, Aspen Sept 7-8 & Sept 21
Tenderfoot Mountain Restoration, Dillon Oct 5-6
Denver Group Projects, Front Range, Every Saturday
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 303-996-2764 or
stewardship(at)cmc.org 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