Your help is needed and appreciated!

Help us maintain and restore hiking trails in and around Ouray County.  We work with the Uncompahgre National Forest and others to keep some of America’s most dramatic and beautiful trails in shape.  To participate, join the Ouray Trail Group, then sign up for one of the scheduled trips below, and join our email list to hear about other single-day work opportunities.

2021 Backcountry Trail Work Trips Complete:  See you in 2022!

Trail Work Weekends and NEW Weekdays!  OTG has an exciting summer schedule of backcountry trail work trips, more than ever this summer!  All volunteers are welcome to join us on these trips lasting from 1 to 4 days.  Most multi-day trips will have pack horse support to carry camp in and out.  Volunteers can expect vigorous hikes on some of the most scenic trails anywhere in Colorado, trail maintenance work removing down trees or encroaching brush and repairing trails and erosion problems, and the camaraderie that comes with meeting new friends and helping keep our public land trails safe and sustainable.  These backcountry trips require reservations and space may be limited.  

Click the link below to register for each backcountry trip.  This will allow us to plan for horses and tools.  Contact John Hulburd: 360-643-1593. wholebird@gmail.com for additional information. 


Date (Weekends unless noted)


May 29-30 (complete)


June 26-27 (complete)

Cutler Creek, Okeson, and Baldy Trails

July 10-11 (complete)

Cow Creek Trail

July 21-24 (complete)

Middle Fork (Cimarron) Trails- pack horse support

August 7-8 (complete)

Dexter Creek and Difficulty Creek Trails

August 18-19 (complete)

Stealey Mountain South Trail- pack horse support

Sept 11-12 (complete)

Upper end Bear Creek Trail and South Fork Trail

Sept 21-22 (complete)

Courthouse and Stealey Mountain North Trails

October, 1 day (complete)

Richmond Trail

Front Country Single Day Trips:

Every Monday and Thursday- Check with Hale for details

For more information, contact Front Country Crew Leader Hale Houts, 248-807-8613, hhouts1@gmail.com.

Contact the crew leaders above to join the email list and find out when and where we are working.

Trail Register Maintenance:

These folks are responsible for collecting and replacing trail register sheets at trailheads.  We maintain 39 trail register boxes, and you may sign up for whatever you are able to do.  Contact Lisa Hickman, 970-209-5246, ouray.otg@gmail.com.

Trail Reconnaisance:

Join the OTG Trail Reconnaissance Team. This team hikes the local trails that OTG crews work, reporting on issues of downed trees, tread problems, etc.  Our Recon Leader, Jill Parisi, works to get information from recon hikers to our trail crew leaders before work days.  If you just love to hike, this is the group for you!  Email Jill Parisi for information at parisistack@yahoo.com

Membership Information

The membership of the Ouray Trail Group is voluntary, and new members are always welcome. To join OTG and be placed on an email list to receive notice of meeting dates, projects, and more, click below.  OTG membership is free!

Ouray Trail Group Ouray Colorado

PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org | ouray.otg@gmail.com

We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray area trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray Ranger District. Copyright 2021 Ouray Trail Group.

Designed and maintained by OTG Volunteers! Hosted by PMC.