Photo by Cindy Bond (2018).
Where You'll Be:
Located south of La Junta in the southeast corner of the state, Picket Wire Canyon is nestled in the Comanche National Grassland and home to remnants of early Colorado explorers and settlers, prehistoric Native American rock art, and the largest set of preserved dinosaur tracks in North America!
What You'll Do:
Join us for a unique volunteer experience at a gem of Colorado natural and cultural history! Volunteers ages 14+ are invited to join VOC for a weekend of camping, trail restoration, and touring the Canyon.
VOC will be camped out on top of the Canyon from Thursday night to Sunday. Those who join us on Friday have the option to take part in a vehicular tour* of the Canyon, including a guided tour of the dinosaur track site! On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will help maintain a 0.4-mile section of the Picket Wire Canyon Trail, which serves as the main point for non-motorized access to the canyon and is in desperate need of repair. Tasks will be moderate to difficult, and will include constructing various erosion control and drainage structures.
The U.S. Forest Service will also provide interpretative programming in camp for all volunteers on Saturday night, and meals will be provided for all starting with Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
*Space is limited for the Friday tour. Volunteers joining the tour must also sign up for at least one of the following two workdays.
Click here to see photos from our 2018 Picket Wire Canyon project and tour!
Why It Matters:
The Picket Wire Canyon is a unique and important piece of Colorado natural and social history. Volunteers' efforts on this project will ensure that the trail accessing the canyon remains sustainable for visitors to the site for years to come.
- Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single day projects.
- Volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping equipment. VOC will be provide all equipment including 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 www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.