Where You'll Be:
You'll spend the weekend in the quiet atmosphere of Arapaho National Forest, nestled at the northern end of Grand County between Rocky Mountain National Park and Routt National Forest. Part of the Colorado River Headwaters, this sparsely-populated area offers a gorgeous and remote setting just 2-3 hours away from Denver or Fort Collins.
What You'll Do:
The Sherman Creek Trail, a singletrack open to both mountain bikes and motorized use, will have been pre-cut by machinery prior to your arrival but volunteers are needed to complete the trail and bring it to its finished state! Over the weekend, you'll work with 45-60 other volunteers aged 14+ to build bridges and finish the trail to ensure it's built in a sustainable way to prevent erosion and maintain the longterm integrity of the trail. All volunteers will enjoy the opportunity to stargaze far away from light pollution, plus free campsites and meals from our volunteer Crew Chefs!
Why It Matters:
By completing the new trail, you will help connect 80 miles of continuous singletrack by connecting the Grand Lake Trail System to the Snyder Creek Trail System in neighboring Routt National Forest. In addition, the new trail will allow for the old Sherman Creek ATV route to be closed. The existing trail is too close to the creek and by moving the new trail several hundreds of yards uphill, you will help reduce sedimentation and improve water quality in the creek.
- 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 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.