Join Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space to conduct trail work in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Workdays will be the second Thursday of each month from April through October. from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Volunteers will meet crew leaders at the Red Rock Canyon Parking Lot (3550 W High Street). From the roundabout at the entrance, proceed straight through the first stop sign and continue to the gravel picnic area lot in the rear. These will be small crews limited to 12 people including crew leaders. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and work gloves. Bring snacks and water. Work will consist of general trail maintenance including corridor clearing, repairing water diversion structures, drains etc. Volunteers must sign up through CERVIS, the city’s volunteer website. Listed below are the dates and CERVIS registration links for each of the workdays.
April 11 http://cerv.is/m?0132gTtH3jG
June 13 http://cerv.is/m?0132grVpwFs
July 11 http://cerv.is/m?0132g5Sy4Yy
August 8 http://cerv.is/m?0132gOSJ8k0
September 12 http://cerv.is/m?0132gcaVM4h
October 10 http://cerv.is/m?0132gEV5mXh
The Friends of Red Rock Canyon would like to establish a new trail connecting the two main canyons, called “The Heart of the Canyon.” Please view our video, Heart of the Canyon, for more information. https://youtu.be/q4UxDru_wew
The Pikes Peak region thrives on urban wilderness. These special parks give users the feeling they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of civilization; but in reality, they can see their neighborhoods from the highest points in the park. Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a unique urban wilderness. A twelve-minute drive from the interstate gives thousands upon thousands of urbanites and travelers the opportunity to disco nect and recharge. When we think of Red Rock Canyon, we think of world class mountain bike trails and challenging rock climbing. We all tend to forget about the other park users who move at a slower pace or wish to find trails that are more contemplative than strenuous. Our urban wilderness parks are where toddlers will go on their first hikes or where seniors go to stay active, but still have access to benches. Because of the location to other attractions, Red Rocks Canyon draws in the tourists who want more photographs than steps at the end of their adventure. From birders to artists to forest-bathers, Red Rocks pulls in a diverse crowd that extends well beyond the extreme outdoor recreation due to the park’s centralized location. As a community, we need to consider all the different park users when considering master plans and new trail construction. The fastest, steepest, and long trails with regional connectivity are celebrated and extremely vital; however, our community needs the simple loops too.
This is a citywide BioBlitz in which we will be participating on April 26-29. Over 100 other cities on six continents will also be participating in this. Essentially this program invites citizens to get outside, find wildlife, plants and insects across the city, take photos of as many species as they can find and upload them into a website so we can categorize all that we discover. More information can be found here and here. Red Rock Canyon Open Space will also conduct a Bioblitz in July to identify flora and fauna in our park so stay tuned!
The below statistics were taken from Rocky Mountain Field Institute’s (RMFI) 2018 TOPS Project Report. Remember, these statistics include Red Rock Canyon volunteers and crew leaders who also work with RMFI.
213 Volunteers; 1,191.25 volunteers hours worked valued at $29,411.96; 11 volunteer work days; 8 volunteer crew leaders with 58.5 crew leader hours worked valued at $1,444.36; 9 youth corps members with 67.5 hours worked.
Some highlights of the work accomplished included: 1,114 linear feet of new trail built; 615 feet of new trail corridor cleared; 4,571 feet of renegade trail restored; 98 check dams installed; 31.05 pounds of seed planted; 739 transplants; 8,855 cubic yards of soil moved; 13.95 tons of rock moved. Thank you volunteers!