About the Stewardship Site:
This site is strategically located at the base of Chalk Creek Canyon, which attracts visitors who enjoy nearby hot springs, hiking access to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a well-developed system of off-highway vehicle trails, and the infamous ghost town of St. Elmo. Chalk Creek, bordered by the 14,000-foot peaks Mount Antero and Mount Princeton, is named after the white kaolinite cliffs created from hot spring deposits. The area is also home to significant mining sites, historic railroad grades and picturesque natural environments.
About the Volunteer Experience:
Volunteers will build roughly 1,200 feet of new trail and complete the construction of natural stone steps on another 1,300-foot section of trail. There may be a need for light restoration work on existing portions of the route. This project is perfect for new volunteers who want to get outdoors for a weekend of exciting work, as well as for veteran volunteers who appreciate the art of a well-built stone step and the satisfaction of a new trail. After the project day, enjoy delicious food cooked by crew chefs while lounging by the campfire.
About the Overall Impact:
The improvements made will allow for a more diverse user group to utilize this trail system, thus increasing visitor numbers and providing a boost to local tourism. The trail will provide a recreation opportunity in an iconic area of the San Isabel National Forest. This trail is designed to provide a quality experience for families; including picnic sites, interpretative panels, a waterfall viewing deck and rest benches. It also is in close proximity to five U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and several dispersed camping areas.
NOTE: MINORS ON VOC PROJECTS
All youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.