Posted on 9/2/2012 by Alyssa Hubbard

Volunteer for Homestead Trail Restoration Project in Keystone

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will be hosting a weekend-long trail project at the Keystone Homestead on September 15 & 16.  Volunteers of the project will be working to help alleviate drainage issues at the historic Keystone Homestead, which is currently used by Keystone Resort for its dinner sleigh and wagon rides, along with other recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The weekend includes fun and rewarding trail work, youth activities, live music, free camping and meals, along with the chance to meet other locals and volunteers.

Keystone's trail system, with views of the Continental Divide and Ten Mile Range, is described by hikers and mountain bikers as "world class." The popular trails typically have more than 100 daily visitors during the summer months. High traffic and water have caused significant damage to several trails. The weekend project will focus on restoring damaged trails that originate at the historic Keystone Homestead and continue onto National Forest land.   If you have ever used the trails in Summit County, this is a great way to give back and show your support for our great trail system.

Volunteers are invited to join one or both days of this service weekend. 100 volunteers are needed each day.  Free camping will be available at Keystone Homestead on Friday and Saturday nights and free meals will be provided for registered volunteers starting at breakfast Saturday morning through Sunday lunch. Local musician, Randall McKinnon, will be performing live on Saturday evening.  While adults 13 and older work on the Tower Trail, younger children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the Young Stewards Program, which will include environmental education, outdoor games, and age-appropriate stewardship activities and work on their own trail project.

If you are interested in volunteering, you must pre-register for one or both days in order for the organizers to plan for necessary tools, supplies, and food. Register via Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's Project Calendar at, or by calling 303-715-1010. The minimum age to participate in the project is 6. Don't miss out on your chance to volunteer and give back during this fun weekend in Keystone!



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