“The project will focus primarily on the park’s Intrepid mountain bike trails, specifically in the particularly sandy areas,” trail volunteer Matthew Ferrell said in a news release. “This will involve removing sand as well as reinforcing areas with rocks to prevent future erosion. The park also needs help creating more visible trail boundaries to prevent hikers and cyclists from going off trail. While the park is proud to provide recreational opportunities for its visitors it also has an obligation to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations of native species and park visitors alike. With the fragile desert ecosystem, keeping trails well marked and maintained is paramount to this effort.”
Those who wish to volunteer are asked to bring gloves, water, and lunch and be prepared to hike up to five miles, according to the news release. Tools and snacks will be provided.
“Trail maintenance is important to ensure that our recreational use of land is making as little negative impact as possible on the surrounding environment,” park naturalist, Jordan Perez said in the news release. “Simple tasks like reinforcing trail borders can make a big difference in the protection of nearby natural resources.”
Later that evening, at 6:30 p.m., the volunteers are invited for a night underneath a blanket of stars at the visitor center.
Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on U.S. 191, and 23 miles south on state Route 313. Register in advance by contacting the park at 435-259-2614. Trail crew volunteers get free entrance into the park for the day.