Trail Crews are the heart and soul of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Each year folks from all over the United States come to Colorado to learn sustainable trail skills and techniques along with a long list of other public land management skills.
What we do: Trail Crew work is physically demanding. On any given day, an RMYC crew can be
found digging new trail, building water bars, constructing trail reroutes, deconstructing old fence lines, reconstructing fence lines, rehabilitating stream habitats and much more. RMYC operates a handful of more specialized Trail Crews on projects such as high elevation peaks management (with The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative) and historic structure preservation projects on public lands.
Where we work: Trail crews work in a variety of different locations throughout Northwest Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Most crews work in front country locations (i.e. car camping far from paved roads) while others may be on a remote backcountry locations. These crews will be hiking in all crew and personal gear on their backs. Project work varies from year to year and our crews adapt to the work at hand.
Daily life: Members sleep in their tents all season long. RMYC provides all of the materials for the crew to set up an efficient and effective camp where the crew cooks meals. Personal camping supplies (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad etc.) are NOT provided. It is the responsibility of the member to provide these materials.
What to expect: On an RMYC crew, you can expect to spend 99.9% of your time outside. You will work outdoors in all weather conditions and spend your nights sleeping in a tent. You will be dirty, sweaty and physically exhausted after each and every day and will work, live and hang with the crew.. There is time for laundry, showers and some personal technology time on weekends, but please note that RMYC is a 24/7 program and all crew members are expected to be with the crew for the duration of the program.
When crews work: RMYC operates a summer crew season that generally runs from early June to mid-August for a total of a 10-week session. We also offer more specialized crew experiences that run later into the fall. The number of crews in operation during the fall session is generally smaller than the summer. Members and Leaders who participate in the summer season have the option of staying through fall as well, pending performance reviews and crew needs. Our Fall Crew session usually operates from mid-August to Mid-October depending on weather (snow!) and project work.