CTF Volunteer Trail Crews

Trail crew group photo with CTF 2018 banner
The Colorado Trail Foundation invites people of all ages and abilities – from those new to the Trail to seasoned trail-builders – to sign up for one of our summer trail crews ranging from one to eight days. The personal rewards are great, all while helping maintain and improve Colorado’s signature long-distance trail.

We promise lots of fun, rewarding work, fresh air and new friends!

Those with busy schedules will find it easy to squeeze in a weekend day on the Trail. Those with more time will find the weeklong crews most rewarding. That’s where friendships are made with fellow Trail lovers and where the most interesting work gets done – clearing new trail, building bridges, creating turnpikes (rock walkways) in boggy areas.  Those hardier sorts will find the backpacking crews most enjoyable, turning trail work into an adventure.

Three photos of same site showing before, during, and after construction
Volunteer Trail Crews vary in length from one to eight days. We provide training, tools, hardhats, meals (except for backpack crews), group camp equipment, and leadership. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the crew location and for their personal equipment, including tent or camper, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, eating utensils, work clothes, and other personal items, as applicable. Contact the crew leader for crew specifics.

Three women with tools
Cost: Varies depending on the type and length of crew. The trail crew schedule lists the fees. Crew fees are used to purchase food and other supplies. Those working multiple crews pay half price for each additional crew.

Who can participate: To work on a trail crew, you must be at least 16 years of age and in good physical condition. No previous trail building experience is required.

Crew Schedule: Annually in February, the crew schedule is published, mailed, posted to this website, and registration opens. That is the earliest you can sign up for a crew.

Crews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Your registration cannot be considered until CTF receives the application, the waiver, and payment. CTF will then review availability and confirm your registration within 30 days. A month before the crew start date, travel instructions and a participant roster will be mailed to you to assist with planning, carpooling, etc.

Men pound rebar into stringer log for new bridge.

How to register:

  1. Review the Trail Crew Schedule page and select the crew(s) you’re interested in.
  2. Complete the simple Registration Form and Waiver. Indicate your choice of dates and work locations. Use a separate form for each person registering. While registering, you may specify second, third, and fourth choices in case the crew you desire is full.
  3. Please pay while submitting your forms. Fees are listed with crew descriptions. Pay full price for the most expensive crew plus half price for each additional crew. Check or credit cards accepted. You may also pay cash in person at the CTF office.

Crews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon CTF receipt of complete registration, waiver and fee(s).

Confirmation: Your registration will be confirmed in writing or email within 30 days. Your confirmation packet will also include a copy of documents on “What to Expect” and “What to Bring.” About four weeks before your crew begins, we will send a second packet containing directions to your crew’s meeting place, emergency telephone numbers, and a crew roster, should you want to share a ride, need a ride, etc.

Refund Policy: The registration fee becomes non-refundable once your registration has been confirmed.