Get Outside for National Public Lands Day

Get Outside for National Public Lands Day
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Saturday, September 28, is National Public Lands Day, a day of service that galvanizes volunteers to give back to national parks, national forests, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and wildlife preserves that provide countless opportunities for Coloradans to enjoy the great outdoors.

On and around this day, an estimated 100,000 volunteers contribute nearly $11 million worth of services that aid in the preservation of public lands. And if you enjoy Colorado's great outdoors, there's a project for you.

Here's a list of ways to get involved this coming weekend, broken down by outdoor activity:

click to enlarge Berthoud Pass hiking trail. - LAUREN ANTONOFF
Berthoud Pass hiking trail.
Lauren Antonoff
Strawberry Trails Improvements and Restoration
Saturday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Strawberry Recreation Management Area, Tabernash
Conduct trail maintenance, restoration and erosion control on the Strawberry Trails system near Winter Park.

Trail Construction at Hermit Park
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
17 Hermit Park Road, Estes Park
Build a new trail at Hermit Park Open Space near the Moose Meadow trailhead.

Midland Hills Trails
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m
Royal Gorge Field Office, Buena Vista
Construct a new trail in the Midland Hills Trail System.

click to enlarge Above Needles Eye rapid on the Upper Colorado River between Kremmling, CO and Eagle County. - LAUREN ANTONOFF
Above Needles Eye rapid on the Upper Colorado River between Kremmling, CO and Eagle County.
Lauren Antonoff
Boating and Fishing
Clear Creek Canyon Park Restoration and Celebration
Saturday, September 28, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
32447 U.S. Highway 6, Golden
Help keep the canyon safe and beautiful with stream bank and roadside trash collection, erosion control and habitat restoration. There will be a celebration with food and music at the conclusion of the project.

Upper Colorado River Clean-Up and Site Improvement*
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pumphouse Recreation Site, Kremmling
Restore the river corridor with cleanup of camp and recreation sites between Pumphouse and State Bridge.(Volunteers should have their own boat or pre-register to ensure space is available on a BLM or volunteer boat.)

Climber at Shelf Road. - TUCKER ISGRIG
Climber at Shelf Road.
Tucker Isgrig
Shelf Road Trail Work Week
Friday, September 27, 8:30 a.m. to Monday, September 30, 3 p.m.
Visit for the day or camp out for a night or more and assist with rock moving, technical feature construction and site maintenance.

Cyclists crossing Independence Pass.
Photo courtesy of the Independence Pass Foundation
Bike Your Park Day
Sunday, September 29. Rides depart at 9 a.m., Chatfield location offering a 9 and 11 a.m. ride.
Various Locations: Pueblo, Aurora, Littleton, Pine, Boulder, Lake George
Cycle, swim, picnic and more with fellow cycling enthusiasts at Lake Pueblo State Park, Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park, Staunton State Park, Eagle & LoBo Trails, and Eleven Mile State Park.

click to enlarge Changing aspens looking toward the Continental Divide. - LAUREN ANTONOFF
Changing aspens looking toward the Continental Divide.
Lauren Antonoff
Family-Friendly Exploring
SCFD Community Free Day
Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver
Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a day of nature-based programming and amusement.

Diverse Voices Unite at the Continental Divide (Bilingual Event)
Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ute Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park
Learn about the Continental Divide, native practices, Colorado headwaters and watersheds, forest and nature therapy, and environmental stewardship.

Rocky Mountain National Park Clean-Up
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1000 Moraine Avenue, Estes Park
Join the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park to remove litter around the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

Grand County National Public Lands Day
Various projects, embarking from the Inn at Silvercreek, 62927 U.S. Highway 40, Granby
Sherman Creek — Trail constructing in the Stillwater Pass Area.
Onahu Trail — Trail maintenance on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

South Fork Loop — Join the Headwaters Trails Alliance for mountain bike trail construction near Fraser.
Administration and Arts — If you can do without the manual labor but you still wish to contribute, photographers, graphic artists, van drivers, party decorators and administrators are invited to lend a hand.
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Lauren Antonoff is a Denver native dedicated to telling Colorado stories. She loves all things multi-media, and can often be found tinkering in digital collage. She joined the Westword team in 2019, where she serves as the Audience Engagement Editor — connecting people, ideas, and the stories that matter.
Contact: Lauren Antonoff