Trailhead Ambassador Program In Grand County Projected To Launch Summer 2021

Trailhead Ambassador Program In Grand County Projected To Launch Summer 2021

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Leaders of Winter Park have partnered with the Headwaters Trails Alliance and the US Forest Service to create a volunteer ambassador program.  With trailhead use throughout Grand County having more than doubled, the program will focus on promoting sustainability and trail etiquette.  Some areas of concerns with the growing use of public lands in Winter Park and Fraser include limited restrooms and parking availability, trail degradation, and illegal dumping.  The goal of the Trailhead Ambassador Program is to have volunteers staged at high traffic recreation areas and trailheads throughout Grand County over weekends and holidays to help educate users.  Below is a more in-depth look at the enhancement plans and volunteer program:

Trailhead Enhancement Project:

  • A minimum of 15 locations in Grand County, including Vasquez Trailhead, the Phases trails, Byers Peak, Berthoud Pass, Meadow Creek Reservoir, and St. Louis Creek.  

  • New signage throughout those locations

  • Parking lot expansion at Phases 

  • Parking explanations on all US Forest Service land 

  • Additions will include more trash receptacles and porta-potties, as well as kiosks, bike racks and bike tool stands. 

Volunteer Trailhead Ambassador/ Host Responsibilities:

  • User education on biking, hiking, camping, trail use, fires, watershed and water quality, wildlife-human conflict, bear safety, environmental hazards, etc.  

  • Be knowledgeable of education platforms that already exist; Leave No Trace, Care For Colorado, and #RecreateResponsibly.

  • Handout sunscreen, chapstick, trail maps, etc.

  • Provide alternate locations for when recreation sites or trailheads are too busy.

  • All volunteers will have training and uniforms.

The enhancement project and volunteer program will be facilitated by the Headwaters Trails Alliance.  

Grand County is hoping to launch their Trailhead Ambassador Program Memorial Day Weekend 2021 and if successful will implement it into the winter season as well.  

Interested in volunteering this summer? For more information call the Headwaters Trails Alliance at 970-726-1013 or follow this link.  


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