About the Stewardship Site:
The Eastern San Luis Valley Trail System winds through pinon pine and juniper forests at the base of the towering Sangre De Cristo Mountains just outside the town of Crestone. The nearby Baca National Wildlife Refuge, known for hidden wetlands and an enormous elk herd, will provide facilities, an area to camp, evening presentations led by the Refuge Manager as well as a tour of the refuge for those who can stick around after work on Sunday.
About the Volunteer Experience:
This project offers something for everyone, no matter your level of experience. The relatively loose soil in the area makes for easy digging, but may require additional structures and rock armoring in places to ensure the sustainability of the trail. There will be duties that range from light shovel work and raking, to moving large rocks and building rock monowalls and armored drains - and you'll all learn what those are!
About the Overall Impact:
The goal of the Eastern San Luis Valley Trail system is to develop a series of connecting trails linking the Baca Grande Sub Division, the Town of Crestone, Crestone Charter School and public lands including the BLM and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. This will provide opportunities for recreation and a natural experience close to one of the San Luis Valley's population centers, which will benefit local residents as well as visitors. Though there are several nearby trailheads that access public lands in this area, most climb quickly into the exposed trails of the Sangre De Cristo mountains, whose steep slopes often hold snow into the warmer months.The Eastern San Luis Valley Trail System will travel through more mellow public land at lower elevations, providing access for a wider variety of users and extending the season of use further into the winter and earlier into the spring.
NOTE: MINORS ON VOC PROJECTS
Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.