High Plains Trail Restoration @ City of Boulder Open Space

Restore the High Plains Trail near south Boulder.
Type of Work:
Trail Restoration/Maintenance
November 14, 2019
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Minimum Age:
Greater Denver Area
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
Individual, Family, Friends Registration Organized Group Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.


Where You'll Be:
The High Plains Trail travels through the southern end of the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountains Parks and was built in 2006 to serve as a boundary to a designated Habitat Conservation Area, protecting a number of high-value natural resources including ground- and shrub-nesting birds, xeric tallgrass, prairie dogs, and wetlands.

What You'll Do:
On this Thursday project, you'll join approximately 50 volunteers aged 14+ to restore the High Plains Trail near beautiful Boulder. After a light breakfast provided by our volunteer Crew Chefs, you'll help repair about 1,100 ft. of trail by adding a more stable material to the trail tread, helping to eliminate the trail's often muddy condition and be resilient to the effects of erosion. Lunch will also be provided.

Why It Matters:
The High Plains Trail was designed to protect the nearby natural resources, but flat terrain and clay soils make this trail consistently wet and muddy. This leads to users going off-trail in search of dry ground, widening the trail and creating unsustainable, user-created "social trails" that harm the natural environment. By volunteering on this project, you will help make the High Plains Trail more sustainable and more enjoyable for years to come.

Need-to-Know Details:

  • Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
  • VOC will 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 outreach@voc.org 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 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 www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.