Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is seeking volunteers ages 18 and older for a volunteer project July 20-22 at the Continental Divide Trail near Alpine Tunnel, about an hour’s drive southwest from Buena Vista.

The project will use up to 40 volunteers to reroute the section of the trail that runs from Hancock Lake to Alpine Tunnel, taking it away from the road and to a scenic, non-marshy route that will preserve the trail’s rugged and intimate experience, a press release stated.

The project is part of a multi-year effort that began in 2014 to reroute nearly 5 miles of the trail.

The rerouting aims to improve the user experience, make the trail more sustainable and able to withstand increased use and erosion, protect the local vegetation and reduce sedimentation and runoff into Chalk Creek, according to the release.

Participation in the project is free and no prior experience is required.

Volunteers should be prepared to take part in physical work at high altitude.

Individuals can sign up for one day or multiple days. Those who choose to stay multiple days will need to take a tent, sleeping bag and camping supplies.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will provide a campsite and meals.

To register for the project, visit bitly.com/reroutecdt or call Jamie Burke at 303-715-1010, extension 116.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado press release

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