Oct 4, 2010 1:37 PM by Greg Boyce

Volunteers needed for Canon City trail project

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for volunteers to work on a five-mile trail on the southwest side of Canon City.

The trail is on BLM land and will eventually serve walker and mountain bike riders.  Volunteers from the Lower Arkansas Mountain Bike Association (LAMBA) and students from Garden Park High School have been working on the three mile lower loop since the spring of 2010.

Royal Gorge Field Office is looking for volunteers to help with a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) project on Oct. 16 for the ongoing construction of a five-mile mountain bike and foot trail on BLM lands southwest of Cañon City.

"Volunteers expand our capacity to increase recreational opportunities on public lands. LAMBA's proposal provided an excellent opportunity for the BLM to develop a trail that gives the public quick access to the outdoors, enjoy the scenery, and get a good workout," noted Keith Berger, Royal Gorge Field Manager.

  • Date: Oct. 16
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: BLM Trail 527A; off Temple Canyon Road, Cañon City, Colorado.
  • Directions: Take Highway 50 West to Cañon City. From the first stoplight (MacKenzie Ave.), drive four miles to 1st Street and turn left (Veteran's Park); continue for one mile past the Greenwood Cemetery and turn right onto Temple Canyon Road; continue 1.5 miles past the junkyard and radio towers to the pull off on the right, which is the trailhead parking area.
  • Activities: Moderate. Work will include vegetation removal and trail construction.
  • What to bring: Gloves; appropriate clothing and footwear; hat; sunscreen; and a lunch. Water will be provided.
  • Eligibility: Open enrollment; age 18-plus. Youth under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Registration: Either before or at the meeting site. All volunteers will need to fill out a volunteer agreement.
  • For additional information contact Linda Skinner at 719-269-8732.



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