Chaffee Recreation Adopters helps you care for all the lands you love.
Help us address fast-paced growth in outdoor use. Problem solve and achieve in our mission for healthy lands and quality recreation.
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Get involved by attending an upcoming
Rec Adopters Event.
The Bureau of Land Management begins a county-wide conversion from open dispersed to designated campsites on June 2 at Browns Grotto near Hecla Junction. Help install numbered site posts, metal campfire rings and signage to promote high-quality, low-impact camping experiences for everyone.
Help improve critical wildlife habitat! Work with the Forest Service on June 5 near CR 371 north of Buena Vista to remove old range fencing in an important mule deer winter range area.
Smokey Bear is an American icon, educating the public about the dangers of unplanned, human-caused wildfires for 70 years! We need help installing a few large fire danger signs from June 9-10 around the county that will relay fire danger level and fire restrictions to National Forest lands visitors. Get details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that Chaffee County has some of the last remaining breeding grounds for the federally endangered Boreal Toad? Help install signs about protecting its habitat on June 30 and July 1 in various locations on National Forest lands.
Everyone is invited to join Game Trail Rec Adopters on July 12 to clean up about 80 campsites in the North Cottonwood Creek drainage. CR 365 provides access to the Colorado Trail and 3 14ers in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Help us tidy up a popular and beautiful area!
Help install designated campsites on August 4th at the popular CR 250-accessed Shavano dispersed camping area with the Bureau of Land Management. This area with stunning views is high on our list to keep clean & fun for years to come.
Our goal is to:
- Increase your ability to be an effective steward of our outdoor resources.
- Create a collaborative culture around managing recreation use.
- Keep our beautiful outdoors clean, fun and wild, now and into the future.
As an Adopter you can:
- Be the eyes and ears and record info in our mobile app
- Help clean up, ensure safe campfires and steward trails
- Join group activities and volunteer on your own
Become a Chaffee Rec Adopter
Adopt your favorite recreation area by clicking the map and selecting an area to get started!
Visits to Public Lands Grew 50% since 2020
Empowering volunteers like you is one of the strategies of the Chaffee Rec Plan. By joining us, you are contributing to these important outcomes:
- Clean quality camping on all lands.
- Get the right human resources and critical infrastructure such as restrooms & signs.
- Encourage better behaviors through education, engineering and enforcement.
- Contribute to a shared community culture that helps keep our lands clean, fun and wild, now and for future generations.
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Chaffee Rec Adopters is brought to you by the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) and Envision Chaffee County in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area and Colorado State Land Board. It is funded by these partners, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Chaffee Common Ground