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Stage and Rail Trail Projects is in need of volunteers on August 6, 7, 28, and 29. They invite volunteers to “come get your hands dirty” and help improve an important connector on the Stage & Rail Trail. This is a proposed hiking/biking route from Salida, CO to Leadville CO following the historic stagecoach road and railroad corridors.

The route parallels the Arkansas River and traverses 70 miles of landscapes in central Colorado. Volunteers will be working on a short connector trail under the U.S.24 bridge, an essential element in safely connecting trails on the east side of the highway to west side public lands. It is also key to providing access to the non-highway route of the Pike National Trail and to the eventual designation of the Salida to Leadville regional Stage and Rail Trail 13-mile section from Hayden Reservoir to Leadville.

Logo by Ashley Ahlene. Courtesy of Stage and Rail.

Volunteers will meet in the parking area for the AHRA Hayden Reservoir site off U.S. 24 about 10 miles south of Leadville at 9:00 a.m. each morning through the afternoon.

Required gear for volunteers is the following:

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Hard hat and high visibility vests (like hunter’s orange) will be provided if you don’t have them.

Stage and Rail Trail recommends the following gear:

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Work gloves
  • Rain jacket

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to email Alan Robinson at