DENVER, CO- Combine adventurous hiking with rewarding trail building, all on one of the West's most famous trails, and it makes for an exciting volunteer vacation for backcountry and trail enthusiasts. This summer, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has added 11 volunteer adventures on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail to its volunteer project calendar. The first project will be June 16-17, with projects running through mid-September. All will take place on Colorado sections of the trail.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, or the Continental Divide Trail for short, runs 3,100 miles between Canada and Mexico. It follows the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and crosses five states: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Most of VOC's Continental Divide Trail volunteer projects will be in the San Isabel National Forest where a new 4,600 foot section of trail will be built at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. Volunteer teams will stay overnight at base camps and hike into the worksites. Meals and free camping will be provided to registered volunteers.
"The national scenic trail is such a treasured resource for Coloradoans and visitors from around the world, this is great opportunity to be part of its care and improvement for future generations to enjoy," said Ann Baker Easley, executive director for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. "Volunteer adventures like this that combine stewardship and travel are some of our most popular projects, and we're excited to be able to offer these opportunities to the public this year."
Seven of the projects will take place in the San Isabel National Forest, one in Arapaho National Forest, and one in the Rio Grande National Forest. More information, dates, and registration can be found on Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's website, www.voc.org
, or by calling 303-715-1010.
To Volunteer: Volunteers are asked to register in advance to ensure adequate quantities of tools, supplies, and food. Register via the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado website at www.voc.org
or call 303-715-1010. No experience is necessary to volunteer.
About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a statewide nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to motivate and enable citizens to be active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Since 1984, VOC's award-winning volunteer, youth, and training programs have engaged more than 63,000 youth and adults in caring for Colorado's outdoors - a total donated labor value of over $16.5 million. Throughout the year, volunteers are invited to participate in volunteer projects around the state, such as building and restoring trails, planting trees, and preserving historic structures on public lands. For more information, visit www.voc.org