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Answers to questions for those who have joined, or are considering joining, a CTF Trail Crew.

From information about registration and cancellations to the overall experience and restrictions on who can become a CTF Trail Crew volunteer, please read through the information below to find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Registration & Cancellations

Do I need to register for CTF trail crews or can I just show up?

You must register so that we can effectively plan for the number of volunteers expected with regard to tools, volunteer leaders, food, etc.

How does the trail crew fee/deposit work?

Trail crews will no longer require a crew fee. Instead, we require a $50 refundable deposit to hold your spot on the trail crew, which will be refunded upon successful completion of the crew. If you register and then decide not to attend the trail crew, your deposit will be forfeited. Please be sure you are committed to attending before registering so that we can ensure trail crews are fully attended in order to complete the trail project.

How do I register for a CTF volunteer project?

Registration is simple. Visit our volunteer trail crew page to review the full list and details of available trail crews. Then, click the link “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS CREW”. Once you complete registration, you will receive a confirmation email. For help registering, email . For questions about trail crews, contact CTF Field Operations Manager Darin Radatz

The trail crew I am interested in is full. How does the waitlist process work?

Our projects rely on a set number of volunteers to be successful and, depending on the location of the crew, there might be limitations on how many people are allowed to attend. For example, in Wilderness areas groups are limited to a maximum of 15 people.

If the trail crew you are interested in is full, please email to be placed on the waitlist, or we encourage you to select another crew and get signed up while you can! We often receive cancellations, so there is a good chance that you will be pulled off the waitlist

What happens after I register for a CTF trail crew?

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email directly after. Approximately 4 weeks before the project is scheduled to begin, you will receive detailed project information such as a map pin showing the exact location of the project and where to meet, a map of the project site, when to arrive, what to bring, which meals will be provided, where to park, and information on overnight accommodations, if applicable.

Does CTF offer carpools to projects?

It is up to volunteers to organize and manage their own carpooling. Please contact the Crew Leader for more details on the crew roster.

What if I can’t make it to a trail crew that I’m registered for?

Please cancel your registration as soon as possible via email to so we can adjust food and crew leader needs, and offer your spot to another volunteer.

Are projects ever canceled due to inclement weather?

Projects are generally not canceled because of rain or light snow showers — weather conditions must be severe before we cancel or reschedule a project. If this happens, we will inform all registered volunteers as soon as possible.

The Volunteer Experience

What kind of work is done on CTF volunteer projects?

All of our volunteer projects are designed to follow the mission of The Colorado Trail Foundation to build and maintain the Colorado Trail. Specific types of work may include new trail construction, trail maintenance, building and rebuilding bridges, and trail hardening.

What should I bring?

Please review the packing list that is provided approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of the Trail Crew. In general, trail crew members should bring work gloves, work shirt, work pants, backpack, water bottle, and sturdy shoes/boots for all projects.

Where and when do CTF volunteer projects take place?

All projects are located on The Colorado Trail and spread out from Denver to Durango. Our volunteer projects take place June through October, with each year’s project calendar announced in February. The majority of our projects take place on weekends, but we have several weekday and week-long options, as well.

How long do CTF volunteer projects last?

Some projects are only a single day, some are for a weekend, and others are a week long in duration. Project durations are noted within the project descriptions.

How difficult is the work on CTF volunteer projects?

To help you find projects that fit your desired level of physical activity, please review the trail crew listing. In general, backpack crews are the hardest and most physically demanding, whereas single day crews are the easiest and least physically demanding. Information in the listings to help with your decision making include elevation levels and also details relating to how far the hike in/out is from the meeting location and also how far of a hike in/out from the campsite to the worksite location.

How many volunteers typically participate in a CTF project?

Projects range from about 15 to 30 maximum participants. This number includes the crew leaders and crew cooks.

Will food be provided at the project?

Full meals are provided on all basecamp crews listed on the crew schedule by our volunteer crew cooks. Meals are not provided on single-day projects unless specified otherwise. Meals are not provided on backpack crews, and crew members are asked to provide their own meals and cooking equipment.

Can I volunteer for just part of a project?

Volunteers are expected to stay for the duration of the entire project.

Where do I stay during overnight or multi-day volunteer projects?

CTF provides campsites for all volunteers on overnight projects, though volunteers must bring their own tent and other camping supplies. You are also welcome to find alternate accommodations if you wish.

Who Can Volunteer

Do I need any experience to volunteer?

No. On each project, you will work on a trail crew led by an experienced CTF volunteer crew leader who will teach you all you need to know and help you have a safe, fun, and rewarding experience.

Can I volunteer with a group?

Yes! CTF is now offering partnership crews as a new option for groups to come out to volunteer together. See the last 2 projects on the trail crew listing for reference. Please contact to learn more about group volunteering.

For small groups (less than 15), you can sign up individually and join the same trail crew. Crews will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, however. So sign up early!

Can I bring my kids?

Yes! CTF requires a parent or guardian to sign up together for a crew member less than 18 years old.

Can I bring my pets?

No. While we love our pets, we unfortunately cannot allow them on projects due to safety considerations, their impact on wildlife, and other risks involved.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Are there other ways for me to help on a project?

Yes! We are in need of people to assist with trail crew cooking, managing trail crew spice and cleaning bins, and/or taking photographs. Please see our section on other volunteer opportunities for more information.

What are crew leaders and how do I become one?

CTF Crew Leaders are individuals in charge of the entire trail crew with pre/post communication and also with on-the-ground leadership during the event. Their main responsibilities are teaching crew members what they need to know and ensuring everyone has a safe, fun, and rewarding experience. Please contact for more information on becoming a new Crew Leader.

Additional Information

Ready to volunteer? Refer to our trail crew schedule and browse opportunities!