About the Stewardship Site:
Hidden in the rolling prairie on Highway 83 near Franktown, Colorado, is Castlewood Canyon State Park. An easy drive from both Denver and Colorado Springs, this park offers unique geological formations, rich Colorado history, four different ecosystems and several hiking trails. The Creek Bottom Trail is a 2-mile route that follows Cherry Creek along the Canyon bottom, taking hikers along a shaded path and past a cascading waterfall.
About the Volunteer Experience:
This project will address priority maintenance issues on the 1-mile stretch of trail between the Lucas Homestead on the north end of the canyon and the falls on the south. Much of the trail has been heavily eroded, resulting in braiding and deep ruts. Volunteer tasks will include maintaining and rebuilding drainage structures, and rebuilding and installing timber or rock erosion control structures such as steps. Worksites will be located up to a mile away from the trailhead, and the work itself is technically and physically moderate to difficult.
About the Overall Impact:
The maintenance and erosion repair that volunteers will provide is essential in ensuring the Creek Bottom Trail's longevity and usability. Castlewood Canyon State Park is enjoyed by many Front Range nature lovers and hikers, and volunteers' efforts to keep this trail in optimal condition will be visible and appreciated for years to come!
NOTE: MINORS ON VOC PROJECTS
Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.