Last updated: September 11, 2018
There are a lot of great names for volunteer groups out there; for example, you could be a ‘parking lot attendant’, a ‘desk docent’, or you could be a ‘Raptor!’ The Lumpy Ridge Raptors can be found at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead parking lot that provides access to numerous areas including Gem Lake. Because this area is not accessed through the main park entrance, volunteers here are often the only representatives of the park that visitors may encounter.
Why are they called Raptors? In honor of the many eagles, falcons, and other raptors that call Lumpy Ridge home and make it their nesting grounds. It’s not just birds that visit the area either; recently actor and musician Kevin Bacon was also spotted out hiking the area’s trails. The volunteers aren’t just in it for the Bacon though; many grew up vacationing in the area, or simply love it here and want to help share the experience with others. They are a wealth of information about area trails and conditions, and can provide help with park rules and ensuring that visitors stay safe while hiking.
hile volunteers do help prevent and report issues like illegal overnight camping and dogs on the trail, the ultimate goal is to help visitors have the best experience possible while visiting Rocky. They love their job and being in the park and want to make sure that you leave feeling the same way.
Interested in becoming a volunteer at Rocky?