Wanted to spread the word about the restarting of a very important volunteer program in Colorado! As the state coordinator, please let me quickly explain our goal.
The Colorado Trail Patrol is a volunteer group that assists in monitoring roads and trails on public lands with an objective to mitigate improper land use of public lands in an effort to protect our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.
The patrol’s purpose is to be an extra set of eyes and ears for land management agencies and law enforcement (when necessary). The cornerstones of the patrol are OBSERVING and REPORTING.
OHV users are the ones who know the trails best. It is our responsibility to help maintain them. Identifying and locating problem areas will allow us to work with recreation managers to solve the problems before extensive damage is done.
All we ask is that our volunteers document and report the issues they see on the trail. When you get home, you quickly fill out a report and attach photos/GPS locations and descriptions of what you ran across. You can think of it as a trip report with a purpose.
For clarification, I am the new coordinator for the Colorado Trail Patrol. Others may know me as Matt from ARB Tech/Marketing. I left Seattle to restart this great program in CO. We are looking forward to a big year and need YOUR help.
*Being a Jeep Forum member, I wanted to make this personal appeal to our community and not create a "CTP" login, etc.
Was emailing Matt a bit ago about training. He said if we could 5 or 6 rigs together, he would meet us at a trail. So if anyone is interested in trying to set up a date, I would be game for a Saturday. I can meet just about anywhere besides Boulder.
Something for me to sign up for when I get back to CO.
As for identifying problem areas, Rampart Range Road is a good place to start. Although I'd say extensive damage is already done.
Contact us once you are back and we will be sure to keep you in the loop about training times and locations.
Rampart Range Road is a tough egg to crack due to the heavy use. Luckily, there is an active management group there tackling the issues as best they can. We are going to do what we can to help the area, but as I said, the area has already garnered attention from a few sources and groups so CTP volunteers won't be alone down there.
An easy area to run if you live in the springs is the Mt Baldy/Eagle Rock/Bull Park network. I ended up moving down to Trinidad, and trail driving (even County Road driving) is met with more resistance than a fireball orange Lamborghini speeding through Switzerland. I think the back road out to the Sand Dunes is the closest thing to me now, and it's like an hour away.
So far we have scheduled a few training sessions. This info will be up on the Stay the Trail Calendar as well.
Fort Collins- August 19 (TOMORROW)- Front Range Community College Harmony Library; 6pm.
Thornton- August 23- Gander Mountain Meeting Room; 6pm
Boulder- August 25- Boulder Library, Reynolds Branch; 6pm
Denver- August 25-Bass Pro Shop; 6pm
Littleton/South Denver- August 30- Chatfield State Park Audubon/Volunteer House; 6pm.