Canyon Lakes Ranger District Volunteering Opportunities

The Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP) is supported by many volunteers. In fact, in 2017 for the third year in a row the Canyon Lakes Ranger District volunteers donated more than $1 million in value to our public lands. Check out the opportunities listed below, but know there are many other groups who provide service to the national forest.


Volunteer Projects

Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is an active partner on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.  For details of projects, check the WRV website

Check the "Events" portion of our website for upcoming opportunities.

Volunteer Programs


Four-wheel drive clubs "adopt" a national forest road to patrol and maintain during the summer and fall. Club members learn and offer Tread Lightly low-impact road use techniques to other backroad enthusiasts.


Your organization can "adopt" a national forest trail to maintain each year during the spring, fall and summer. Those in the group interested in being crew leaders are trained by the U.S. Forest Service, and eventually lead trail crews on their own. Supervision, tools and equipment are provided the first year. Crew leader training is offered only in the spring.

Cameron Pass Nordic Rangers

Nordic ski or snowshoe the Cameron Pass area during the winter to assist visitors. Volunteers patrol ungroomed ski trails, offer recreation and national forest information, collect visitor use information, and perform minor trail and sign maintenance. Requirements include a beginner Nordic ski ability or ability to snowshoe, commitment to a minimum of four days per winter, and one and a half days of training. Training is offered in early winter only.

Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol

Provide positive role-modeling while mountain biking. Help enhance this sport by using Tread Lightly low-impact trail riding techniques and assisting trail users with trail and national forest information and first aid. Four day minimum commitment is required. Spring training is provided-- and required-- before becoming a Forest Service bike patrol volunteer.

Diamond Peaks National Ski Patrol

Highly trained Nordic National Ski Patrol affiliate volunteers provide backcountry education, emergency care, and rescue in the Cameron Pass area each winter. Extensive training, such as first aid, rescue, and avalanche awareness, begins in autumn.

Poudre River Volunteers

Spend a season on the popular Poudre River as a courtesy patrol ranger. River rangers gather information on river use, as well as educate and inform shoreline and river recreationists on ways to take care of Colorado's only designated Wild and Scenic River. Training is offered in spring. A minimum of five days of patrol is required.

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

Join an organization dedicated to "hiking with a purpose." Hike or ride the woods to educate and inform backcountry users in the techniques of "Leave No Trace" ethics. Requirements: volunteers go through an interview process in early spring, three days of training and a minimum of six days of hiking. Training is offered in late spring only. Contact PWV at for more information and an application.

Arrowhead Lodge Visitor Center

Formerly a guest resort with log cabins, this 1930s site is now a visitor center for travelers along the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway and Wild and Scenic River corridor. Summer hosts greet visitors, manage the visitor center and book store, provide basic grounds keeping, and keep the lodge and restrooms clean and organized. Hosts work four days per week and live on site. Free RV site with full hookups are provided to hosts. Site elevation is 7,400 feet.

Deadman Fire Tower Volunteers

Last staffed as an official fire lookout in 1970, the tower now hosts scores of curious visitors on summer weekends. Volunteers provide historical and area recreational information, and are unofficial fire spotters. Site elevation is 10,700 feet. Training is required and offered in early summer.

Stub Creek Visitor Center

Built in the 1930s, the rustic log cabins at remote Stub Creek (elevation 8,400 feet) once hosted the forest ranger's family and trail crews. Today, the ranger's house is restored as a guest rental cabin (for reservation visit and the office provides information to visitors of the Laramie River Valley and surrounding mountains. Site host volunteers assist cabin guests with check in/out, offer visitor information and education, and take care of the grounds and facilities. Hosts work four day shifts and are provided with RV site and full hookups.

Buckhorn Ranger Station Host

Hosts take care of the grounds, buildings, and generator, and assist visitors during the summer months at this remote mountain site off a gravel county road west of Fort Collins. Elevation is 7,800 feet. There is limited phone and satellite service. Free host house runs off propane appliances and a generator for electricity. No RV site is available.

Red Feather Ranger Station Host

This rustic log facility at 8,100 feet is still in use as a summer base for fire crews. Summer volunteer hosts provide weekend visitor information, respond to Forest Service two-way radio calls, provide radio and administrative support for the nearby Deadman Fire Tower volunteers, and perform minor grounds and building upkeep. Full RV hookups are provided to hosts for three day work weeks.

Forests-to-Grassland Visitor Center

Volunteers are needed at this busy location in the Fort Collins District Office. Thousands of people walk or phone into the visitor center. You will also help with mailings, filing and typing. Word processing skills are a plus. Training is provided on-the-job. No lodging is available on-site.

Key Contacts

Boulder Ranger District

Elaine Wells, Visitor Information Services

Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Kristy Wumkes, Volunteer Coordinator

Clear Creek Ranger District

Visitor Information Services

Pawnee National Grassland District

Visitor Information Services

Sulphur Ranger District

Visitor Information Services