Project photo from GJHikes.com
Where You'll Be:
The Book Cliffs, named for their resemblance to a shelf of books, stretch over 200 miles from western Colorado to Utah. You'll spend the weekend on a section near the town of Fruita, located between Grand Junction and the Utah border and known for its plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities and its proximity to numerous state parks as well as the Colorado National Monument. Specifically, you'll be working off the Sarlacc Trail which VOC helped construct the first segment of in 2013, and volunteering among rugged pinyon-juniper woodland with spectacular views of the La Sal Mountains to the west, the San Juan Mountains to the south, and the West Elk Mountains to the east.
What You'll Do:
We're returning to the Book Cliffs for the first time since 2013 and volunteers ages 14+ will have the opportunity to experience the unique beauty of Colorado's Western Slope as you build a new, multi-use trail that will branch off from the Sarlacc Trail. Tasks will be physically moderate in difficulty as some sections traverse rocky slopes and volunteers will be needed to build rock walls and ramps in addition to basic trail construction. Meals will be provided by our volunteer Crew Chefs from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday.
Why It Matters:
Fruita and other towns in the Grand Valley are quickly becoming mountain biking destinations, with the sport being a key economic driver for the area. The trail you help build will enable the completion of an extended singletrack trail open to multiple user groups including hikers, bikers, equestrians, and motorcyclists.
- 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.