Project Description: Help rebuild a portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail near historic Colossal Cave Mountain Park, just a short distance from Tucson. Repairing damage from erosion, building rock dams, and trimming back the ever-encroaching desert plants are just a few of the duties for this important project. Working alongside professional trail builders, this volunteer vacation will help refine your skills and teach you more about trail work in arid climates.
Hosting Organization: Arizona Trail Association
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 8 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Difficult
Minimum Age: 14
Area and Attractions: Nestled within the Rincon Valley, Colossal Cave Mountain Park features amazing natural, cultural, and historic resources that define southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Dense stands of saguaro cactus, lush corridors of cottonwood trees, and fascinating geologic wonders are just a few of Colossal Cave's many attributes. The Park is home to one of southern Arizona's most impressive cave formations, which has been important to people and animals for thousands of years. The mighty Rincon Mountains tower in the distance, rising to over 8,400' and you're likely to see birds and reptiles not found anywhere else. On your day off, visit nearby Saguaro National Park. Hiking, biking, and sightseeing opportunities abound within this gem of the National Park System.
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will stay in car camping tent sites at La Selvilla Campground which offer picnic tables and toilets. Group cooking gear (stoves, skillets, pots, pans, etc.) are provided, but the outdoor bar-b-que seems to get the most use at the campground! No showers will be available. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, eating utensils/Tupperware/bowl and personal items.
Climate Information: Southern Arizona's weather during early November is calm and stable, with daytime highs near 72 and lows near 42. Warm days means you'll need to dress to protect yourself from the sun, and a warm layer will be essential for the evenings.
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Tucson International Airport (TUS)
Maximum # of Volunteers: 20