Event Description:

About the Stewardship Site:
Join us for a unique volunteer experience at a gem of Colorado natural and cultural history. Located south of La Junta, Picket Wire Canyon is managed by the USFS Comanche National Grassland and features remnants of early Colorado explorers and settlers, as well as pre-historic Native American rock art and the largest dinosaur track site in North America.

About the Volunteer Experience:
The Picket Wire Trail provides the main point of non-motorized access to the canyon and the various sites beyond. Volunteers will maintain a .4 mile section near the trail head that is in bad need of repair. Tasks will be moderate to difficult and will include construction of various erosion control and drainage features, among other tasks.

VOC will be camped out on the top of the Canyon from Friday to Sunday. Volunteers who join us on Friday will take part in an auto tour* of the canyon, including a guided tour of the dinosaur track site. (Space is limited for the tour. Volunteers joining the tour must also sign up for at least one of the following two workdays.) The USFS will also provide interpretative programming in camp for all volunteers on Saturday night.

*NOTE: THE FRIDAY TOUR IS FULL. Please email jamie@voc.org to be added to the waitlist for the tour. There is still space on the workdays.

About the Overall Impact:
The Picket Wire Canyon is a unique and important piece of Colorado natural and social history. Volunteers efforts on this project will ensure that the trail accessing the canyon remains sustainable for visitors to the site for years to come.

What to Bring: No experience necessary. VOC provides food and camping. You bring your tent and sleeping bag.


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