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In 2021, 673 volunteers contributed 11,091 hours preserving The Colorado Trail, an astounding $316,251 worth of labor!

Adopt-A-Trail VOLUNTEERS • 185 Adopters, Helpers, & Training Attendees • 1,716 hours:

  • Maintained the 567-mile CT (as they do annually)
  • 84 volunteer Adopters plus their helpers
  • Each visits their Adoption one or more times every season
  • Cleared the trail, sawed and removed hundreds of fallen trees (avg. = 450 each summer)
  • Cleaned hundreds of water diversions (preserving tread and limiting erosion)
  • Repaired, replaced and installed signs (directional and confidence markers)
  • Cut back foliage
  • Repaired rockslides
  • Reported Trail conditions to the CTF for planning & USFS coordination

Trail Crew VOLUNTEERS • 229 Crew Members • 7,610 hours:

  • Improved The Colorado Trail
  • 1 one day, 1 weekend, 2 three day, 7 weeklong, and 5 four-to-five day Volunteer Trail Crews
  • Crew average of 13 participants each
  • Built and refurbished hundreds of water diversions (rolling dips, check steps, etc.)
  • Removed trees and overgrowth
  • Eliminated rocks impeding the trail
  • Constructed new trail
  • Extended another off road reroute
  • Built or rebuilt 10+  turnpikes
  • Cleared avalanche debris
  • Rebuilt bridges
  • Took in and fed Trail users and educated them about the CTF

Behind the Scenes VOLUNTEERS • 42 Board, Ops & Other • 1,047 hours:

  • Provided vision, planning, financial assistance, etc. (volunteer Board Members)
  • Educated Trail users via on-Trail Outreach
  • Made and installed Trail signs
  • Scouted, organized and planned logistics for crews and special projects
  • Collaborated with Forest Service personnel on trail work and maintenance, etc.
  • Volunteered pro-bono, professional services in graphic design, marketing, editing, etc.
  • Mailed Tread Lines newsletter and other publications keeping 17,000 households informed
  • Delivered completion certificates to over 500 completers
  • Reached new CT Friends by handing out business cards and brochures
  • Handled accounting and oversight
  • Delivered thank-you notes to donors and volunteers
  • Partnered with many organizations including the USFS, BLM, CMC, Trails 2000, COMBA, CDTC and others
  • Helped mail hundreds of donor thank-you letters
  • Planned events including the Friends Picnic and Durango Gathering