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Get Your Hands Dirty on the Continental Divide Trail

Most volunteer vacation opportunities are out there waiting for you to contact them, hoping enough volunteers reach out and get involved so they can fulfill their service projects for the communities where they are based. If response is low, the impact may be less, and fees charged for participation may be low (weakening the impact of projects as well), but a skeleton staff and locals still get the bare bones work done.

Here is a volunteer vacation opportunity, closer to home, that is free of charge, and sending out a call for volunteers to come and be a part of American heritage. The Continental Divide Trail Alliance has the answer to your summer camping trip planning quandaries. This summer and fall, the trail alliance needs volunteers to help build and maintain the most significant trail system in the world. It was started in 1978, and is still not complete. 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico along our nation’s spine, the trail project work for this year is going on in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. It is a National Scenic Zone, and you can take part in fulfilling the vision. You’ll camp (depending on which project you choose, either car camping in improved campsites, or backcountry camping), and all meals, training, equipment, and supervision are included free of charge. You’ll also get a goodie bag and t-shirt to prove you were working for all of us while your friends were tanning and reading gossip rags all summer. Volunteer stints, of which there are dozens, range from one to seven days.

Beautiful country, bracing and uncrowded outdoors, photography options to die for, and knowing you are making a difference…it kind of ticks every box, doesn’t it?

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


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