CANCELED: Midland Trail Construction @ Buena Vista: Mike O'Brien Memorial Project

Celebrate National Trails Day and construct a one-mile connector trail outside of beautiful Buena Vista!
Type of Work:
Trail Construction
June 6, 2020 - June 7, 2020
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Easy, Moderate, Difficult
Minimum Age:
Northern & Central Mountains
Buena Vista
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
See below description details for participation information.


Photo by Scott Anderson (2019)

Where You'll Be:
A roughly two-hour drive from Denver or Colorado Springs, the rural town of Buena Vista lives up to its name. Translated to "good view" in Spanish, Buena Vista is known for its sweeping mountain views and growing outdoor recreation opportunities. The out-and-back Midland Trail, often used by mountain bikers, follows an old railroad grade and ends at Shields Gulch in the Bureau of Land Management's Fourmile Travel Management Area.

What You'll Do:
Celebrate National Trails Day in Buena Vista and make your mark on the Midland Trail!
Open to volunteers ages 14+, this project offers a variety of tasks for all skill levels and interests. Meals will be provided by our wonderful volunteer Crew Chefs, and campsites will be provided close to the project site as we work to extend the Midland Trail from Shields Gulch to McGee Gulch.

Why It Matters:
The local trail system is an integral part of Buena Vista's economy, and has made the town a destination for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners from all over the state. The trails are also home to numerous mountain bike races and trail runs. By extending the Midland Trail, volunteers will help disperse users throughout the trail system, which will in turn lessen user conflict, reduce environmental damage, and provide a better experience for visitors.

Need-to-Know Details:

  • Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by and adult 21 years or older on single-day projectws.
  • 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 email Kendall Cox or call 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 125,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $25 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.