The Wild, Wild West (Side)

October 05, 2018 Posted by: Reghan Tank
Individual volunteers give back in many different ways on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, known as the Colorado River District (CRD). Let’s travel Trail Ridge Road through the CRD to check out some of the places our VIPs were spotted this summer!

1. Alpine Visitor Center (AVC)
Parking attendants at AVC stay very busy during the summer months! These VIPs answer questions and help keep traffic flowing smoothly at the highest visitor center in the National Park Service, which sits at 11,796 feet! NPS Photo by D. Orozco
2. Farview Curve
Farview Curve overlook is a favorite roving destination for many VIPs, where they talk with visitors about mountain pine beetle, the Never Summer mountain range and effects of feeding wildlife. NPS Photo by J. Cunningham
3. Timber Creek Campground
Timber Creek campground hosts monitor campground use, helping overnight guests have a safe and fun experience during their stay at Rocky. NPS Photo by J. Cunningham
4. Holzwarth Historic Site
Volunteers step back in time at the Holzwarth Historic Site, where they educate visitors about the Holzwarth family, who homesteaded in the Kawuneeche Valley in 1917. Families love visiting the site to play games and dress up in period clothing. NPS Photo by J. Cunningham
5. Kawuneeche Visitor Center
You can catch smiling VIPs faces at KVC almost every day of the week during the summer, where they provide visitors with trail information and directions, as well as swear in junior rangers! NPS photo of E. Orozco by J Cunningham.
6. North Inlet Trailhead
Right outside of Grand Lake, the North Inlet trail is a busy place during the summer. Roving VIPs give helpful advice and tips to day and overnight hikers, including preventative search and rescue messages. NPS Photo by J. Cunningham

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  1. Danielle
    January 23, 2019 at 10:52

    Hi, I am very interested in volunteering, but my time is very limited. What possibilities might be available?

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    November 16, 2018 at 05:27


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