Campground Restoration @ Midland Tunnels

Spend a weekend by the Arkansas River to transform a campground near Buena Vista.
Type of Work:
Ecological Restoration, Grounds/Facilities Maintenance, Recreation
May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Easy, Moderate
Minimum Age:
Northern & Central Mountains
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
Individual, Family, Friends Registration Organized Group Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.


Where You'll Be:
You'll spend the weekend in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), one of Colorado's most popular boating destinations for whitewater rafting and kayaking. This particular campground is located near the rural town of Buena Vista and the historic Midland Tunnels, and offers proximity to hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and rock climbing opportunities.

What You'll Do:
On this moderately-sized project, you'll join volunteers ages 12+ to improve a campground with great potential for river and recreational access. Over the weekend, you'll help create a sustainable trail to the river, reseed restoration areas,
install buck-and-rail fencing, rough out a parking/camping area, and clean up fire pits to install permanent, sustainable metal fire rings. Our volunteer Crew Chefs will provide meals on Saturday and Sunday.

Why It Matters:
Your efforts will help transform this campground into the beautiful destination we know it can be! With the river and outdoor recreation opportunities nearby, the area has tremendous potential. But without proper infrastructure, it is turning into a squatter's area and sensitive habitat has been destroyed by vehicles and user-created trails. Your help will prevent further damage, restore disturbed areas, and provide sustainable access to the river for recreational and commercial boaters.

Need-to-Know Details:

  • Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.
  • Volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping equipment. VOC will provide meals, tools, and work gloves.
  • Cancellation: Our partners rely on VOC volunteers to accomplish critical stewardship needs, and our projects often have wait lists. If you need to cancel, please contact Emily Schaefer at 303-715-1010 ext. 116 as soon as possible so we can free your spot for another volunteer and have a full workforce.

About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state's oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 120,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $24 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit or call 303-715-1010.