Project Description: Volunteers will be working on constructing a new non-motorized trail that will take the current trail route (on a shared road system) and move it onto a single track trail on the Reserve Ranger District section on the Gila National Forest. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) runs from the border with Mexico in the south and runs all the way up to the border with Canada. The trail route is roughly 3,000 miles in it’s entirety and is currently a mixture of trails, roads, and routes. The new trail will provide a higher quality recreation experience for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 2 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Strenuous
Minimum Age: 18
Area and Attractions: We will be working in the Tularosa Mountains (a range within the Rocky Mountains) in the backcountry of New Mexico. This area provides great opportunities for solitude, wildlife viewing, and amazing vistas all nestled within the Ponderosa Pine trees of the Gila National Forest. Volunteers will have the opportunity to hike previously constructed sections of the CDNST, explore the picturesque photography opportunities, and relax in the pines.
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in primitive tent sites at the end of a 4-wheel drive road about 20 miles away (though about a two hour drive) from our original meeting location. The Forest Service will bring potable water, and group cooking gear. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate Information: As with any mountain area there are wide variances in temperatures are possible. Generally participants should anticipate highs in the 70's and 80's and lows in the 40's and 50's. Monsoons typically do not arrive in the area until the beginning of July, however participants should be ready with rain gear as well. Humidity levels pre-monsoon are very low, so participants should bring more water containers than may be ordinarily expected. We recommend at least 4 quart containers to help combat the very dry air.
Travel Information: No airport pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Albuqureque International Sunport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12