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September 23, 2023
Grand County Colorado has the longest continuously running National Public Lands Day (NPLD) in the country. Events will be hosted across the county, including in the CDT Gateway Community of Grand Lake. Grand Lake will be branding their boardwalk to help thru-hikers and visitors find and appreciate the CDT!
There is a project for almost every area of interest and skill level. At the end of the day, bring your family and friends to the NPLD celebration in Polhamus Park in Granby beginning at 4pm. There will be live music, food trucks, booths and giveaways. You do not need to volunteer on a project to join the end of day celebration!
Unless otherwise noted, all projects begin at 9:00am and go until 3:00pm. Although it is preferred that volunteers participate for the entire shift, we are happy for any time that folks are willing to give. All volunteers will receive an email the day before the event with specifics regarding meeting location.
Projects to choose from:
Party in the Park – 12:30 to 4:30 helping to set up Polhamus Park for the event.
Rocky Mountain National Park – trail work on Green Mountain Trail in RMNP outside of Grand Lake; Level – strenuous.
BLM – trail work building a turnpike and doing post and cable fencing in the Phases Trail System of the Strawberry Recreation Area near Tabernash; Level – moderate to strenuous.
USFS – East Troublesome – fire recovery work building buck and rail fencing at Stillwater Pass in the Grand Lake area. Level – easy to moderate.
USFS – Chainsaw Trail– Building two different turnpikes to protect wetland areas. Require lifting, shoveling plus moving rocks and logs. Level: moderate to strenuous.
Colorado River Cleanup – on and off the river cleanup near Kremmling. Level – easy to moderate. If you do not have your own water craft, you will be paired up with someone who has space on theirs. For more information and to sign up for this specific project only, please go to: https://uppercoloradocleanup2023.splashthat.com/
Town of Winter Park – trail maintenance on the downhill directional bike trail “Razzmatazz” near Winter Park. Level – moderate.
Town of Fraser – staining bridges on the Fraser River Trail near Fraser & WP. Or helping give a perk up to Kopper’s Park. Level – easy/family friendly.
Town of Grand Lake – help brand the downtown boardwalk with the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) blaze. Level – easy/family friendly.
Hot Sulphur Springs – Himebaugh Gulch. This new trail and trailhead needs reseeding and raking to aid in its recovery process. Level – easy/family friendly.
Junco Lake Cabin – work on replacing one of the cabin sill logs. Level – moderate. Also performing trash cleanup in the area. Level: easy/family friendly.
Berthoud Pass Cleanup – SUNDAY PROJECT! Join the Friends of Berthoud Pass in collecting trash at the top of the pass. Level: easy. Open to all ages. 8:30am to 11:00am on SUNDAY with BBQ to follow in the Berthoud Pass parking lot.
Post Party Disassembly– 7:00 to 8:00; help with take down of the Party in the Park at Polhamus Park in Granby. Level – easy/family friendly.