Love your summertime trails? Volunteer to help keep them in great shape! Saturday, June 4th is National Trails Day, the American Hiking Society’s 19th annual celebration of all things trail oriented. Especially if the concrete sidewalks have been wearing down the tread on your shoes lately, this is a perfect time to get outdoors, into nature, and give something back to the community inside a natural environment. It’s not a bad way to meet other folks with similar interests, either.
Trail maintenance keeps trails in good shape for every user, and there are plenty of projects happening on National Trails Day. Some events are even sponsored and meals, along with a deep sense of community involvement, will be served up.
Events in your area can be found at American Hiking – the link provides a map; just choose your state and trail events will be listed by area. Utah has several Trails Day events spread over various counties, including Kanab, Clearfield, Loa, Midway, New Harmony, Ogden, and Salt Lake City. Wyoming has a few of their own Trails Day events scattered around, although the Tetons do have their own work crews.. That leaves Cheyenne, Lander, Laramie, Lovell, and Worland as the areas where volunteering on National Trails Day can happen.
Click the links, and you’ll go straight to listings in your area where further details on times and directions can be found. Then get out there and get a little dirty with strangers!
As usual with trail events, sensible clothing such as pants and boots or shoes, rather than sandals, are recommended. Work gloves are often a beautiful thing on these days as well.