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Trailhead Host Days

Each summer, the IPWA holds 3-4 Trailhead Host Days where volunteers host an informational booth at popular trailheads into the Indian Peaks or James Peak Wilderness areas. 

This program provides an opportunity for volunteers to greet visitors at the start of their hikes and provide them information on hiking routes, wilderness regulations and best practices, and to answer any questions they might have. During a single day at the trailhead, we've seen over 500 people hitting the trails!


IPWA volunteers Bette Erickson and Carol Marsh

Trailhead Host Day at the East Portal Trailhead

Trail Head Host 2017 Volunteer Danny Smi

IPWA volunteer Danny Smith

Trailhead Host at East Portal Trailhead



Trailhead hosts must complete the training requirements to become wilderness volunteers, and preferably have patrol and/or hiking experience at the trailhead they will be hosting. Volunteers who are interested, should email

"The Trailhead Host program allows all visitors, hikers, to see us as they set off.  We try to greet everyone and offer help or advice. It is also a chance to spend time with fellow volunteers." 


IPWA Volunteer Zdenka Smith

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