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2011 Trail Care Success:

In 2011 Alone… 661 VOLUNTEERS contributed 20,550 hours preserving The Colorado Trail, an astounding $444,294.24 worth of labor!

Adopt-A-Trail VOLUNTEERS • 282 Adopters & Adopter Helpers • 5,244.25 hours:

  • Maintained the 486-mile CT (as they do annually!)
  • 64 volunteer Adopters plus their helpers
  • Multiple excursions each summer
  • Cleared the Trail, sawing and removing 310 fallen trees
  • Cleaned hundreds of water diversions to preserve the tread and limit Trail erosion
  • Repaired, replaced and installed signage, including directional signs and confidence markers
  • Cut back foliage
  • Repaired rockslides
  • Reported Trail conditions to the CTF for planning & FS coordination

Trail Crew VOLUNTEERS • 280 Crew Members • 11,694.5 hours:

  • Improved The Colorado Trail
  • 9 weeklong and 5 weekend Volunteer Trail Crews
  • Upgraded over 17 miles of CT tread
  • Constructed one 30-foot bridge and two 8-foot bridges
  • Built or refurbished 311 water diversions (rolling dips, etc.) to limit erosion and enhance sustainability
  • Installed or renovated 4 culverts
  • Added 2 equestrian creek crossings
  • Removed trees and overgrowth
  • Constructed 40 feet of turnpike for a firm crossing where marshy
  • Added 28 rock check steps and 19 check dams
  • Built 4 switchbacks
  • Installed 1 guidepost
  • Assisted our partner, the CDT, and completed 1,500 feet of their trail
  • Took in and fed Trail users and educated them about the CTF

Behind the Scenes VOLUNTEERS • 99 incl. Board, Operations & Office • 3,611.5 hours:

  • Provided vision, planning, financial assistance, etc. (volunteer Board Members)
  • Educated Trail users via on-Trail Outreach
  • Made Trail signs
  • Scouted, organized and planned logistics for crews and special projects
  • Collaborated with Forest Service personnel on trail work and maintenance, etc.
  • Managed programs including Trail Crews and Adopt-A-Trail
  • Volunteered pro-bono, professional services in graphic design, marketing, editing, etc.
  • Mailed Tread Lines newsletter and other publications keeping 9,363 households informed
  • Delivered completion certificates to over 80 completers
  • Reached new CT Friends with presentations, library displays, and brochures
  • Handled accounting and oversight
  • Delivered thank-you notes to donors and volunteers
  • Partnered with many organizations including the Forest Service, BLM, Colorado Mountain Club, Trails 2000, Continental Divide Trail Alliance and others
  • Maintained the CTF website, keeping current all the valuable public info
  • Registered participants for Trail Crews
  • Planned events including the Friends Picnic, Durango Reception and Holiday Party

Thanks to CTF Volunteers and Donors like you, The Colorado Trail remains one of the nation's premier long distance trails.  Preservation of The Colorado Trail was made possible through your help!


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