Rito Seco Trail Construction @ San Luis: Mike O'Brien Memorial Project

Build a brand new trail near Colorado's southern border during Latino Conservation Week.
Type of Work:
Trail Construction
July 20, 2019 - July 21, 2019
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Easy, Moderate
Minimum Age:
Southern Mountains
San Luis
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
Individual, Family, Friends Registration Organized Group Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.


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Where You'll Be
In Southern Colorado, the small town of San Luis was originally established in 1851 and is the oldest continuously occupied town in the state. Nearby, on the western edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the recently established Rito Seco Park has great potential to serve the local communities and is part of Costilla County's master plan to develop a system of trails, recreation resources, and protected lands meant to represent the unique natural and cultural heritage of the area.

What You'll Do
Build a brand new trail with VOC during Latino Conservation Week! On this moderately sized project of 60-75 people, volunteers ages 14+ will spend the weekend creating a new section of trail in Rito Seco Park that will provide a short, easy loop out of a picnic area to beaver ponds and the ruins of three historic cabins. You'll get to select from a variety of work, including more technical tasks for those who enjoy a challenge. Campsites are provided nearby and meals will be provided by our volunteer Crew Chefs on Saturday and Sunday.

This effort is supported by the San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative (SLVCCI). Through an SLVCCI grant intended to reduce barriers and strengthen local volunteerism, we are offering a $50 gift card per day to Safeway and City Market for volunteers from Costilla and Conejos counties who participate in the project. For volunteers interested in participating as a Trail Crew Leader, $75 gift cards are available. Please click here or contact Emma at 303-715-1010 ext. 129 to register if you are a local resident.

Why It Matters
While surrounded by stunning vistas, communities in Costilla County have a long history of public access issues as the vast majority of land is privately owned. This project is part of a much larger initiative to expand recreational access and encourage stewardship within the local community and your efforts will be a tremendous help in turning the County's plan into a reality.

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 .
  • 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 www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.