The Road Hogs are a group of volunteers who assist with road maintenance and fire management in the park. Quite visible in their orange tee-shirts, they serve the park every Monday, year round. The Road Hogs work in all types of weather and anywhere from 8500 to 12,183 feet in elevation. The members generally range from age sixty to seventy years old, and they can out work those half their age. Their assignments always provide unique challenges that as a group they overcome.
The more physically challenging the job, the more they enjoy it. They have built buck-and-rail fences by parking areas, installed and removed snow fences, removed rocks and sand from ditches, and controlled traffic as certified flaggers on road projects. They also repair the snow poles on Trail Ridge Road that get hit by cars during the summer. And they do not just take care of roads: they help thin forests by stacking burn piles for the fire management crews.
Their work allows park employees to concentrate on other major projects. Just one park employee coordinates the materials and schedule, and the Road Hogs give about 5000 hours to the park each year. If you are up for a challenge and think you can keep pace, call the volunteer office to join, (970) 586-1330.
Last updated: March 31, 2012