Volunteers Needed-Colorado Backcountry

I’m always telling you about volunteer vacations you could seek out and throw yourself into to make a difference. Here is a volunteer vacation opportunity tht is RECRUITING volunteers to tackle the task ahead. The Continental Divide Trail Alliance is trying to complete this magnificent route. If you’re outdoorsy and a hiker, this is custom-made for you.

Enjoy the majesty of the Collegiate Peaks near Leadville, Colorado and help complete the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). On the Clear Creek and Winfield projects, you will construct new trail as part of a major 50-mile relocation to create a non-motorized route linking Mount Elbert to Monarch Pass.

Build trail with professional crew leaders, have your meals prepared by award-winning volunteer crew chefs, and enjoy the region’s history, hiking, fishing, and numerous other outdoor recreation opportunities.

We are recruiting for the following 2010 volunteer opportunities:

•    Project #9 Clear Creek 1 – June 19 to 20

•    Project #10 Winfield 1 – June 23 to 27

•    Project #13 Clear Creek 2 – July 2 to 4

•    Project #15 Winfield 2 – July 7 to 11

•    Project #16 Winfield 3 – July 14 to 18

•    Project #33 Clear Creek 3 – Sept. 11 to 12

•    Project #37 Clear Creek 4 – Sept. 18 to 19

Each year CDTA coordinates more than 500 volunteers on projects from Mexico to Canada. No previous experience is required and tools and training are provided. For more information and to register online, please visit http://www.cdtrail.org/getinvolved.

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The Continental Divide Trail was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. When complete, the “King of Trails” will be the most significant trail system in the world. Stretching 3,100 miles along the backbone of America from Canada to Mexico, it accesses some of the most wild and scenic places left in the world while conserving the environment and promoting personal well being.

Since 1995, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance has played a central role toward the completion, management and protection of the Trail and it is the voice for unity in the diverse story of the Trail.

For more information about the Continental Divide Trail, call (303) 278-3177 or toll-free (888) 909-CDTA (2382). Or visit http://www.cdtrail.org.

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