Give Back Where You Play in Summit County with FDRD

In 2018, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District volunteers have contributed more than 11,000 hours of work in our own backyard! Our CO Gives Campaign this year will help us purchase a much-needed new vehicle for 2019 programs & projects!

Our Projects and Programs include:

Trail Maintenance - This year's trail projects included Quandary Peak, the Peaks Trail, Masontown, the Salt Lick trail system, Frisco Peninsula, Soda Creek, the CO trail, Horseshoe Gulch, Rotary Peak trail, the Backdoor trail, and the Tenderfoot Mountain System.

Ranger Patrol - Wearing a uniform, volunteers this past summer completed 410 hikes educating almost 12,000 visitors about responsible use and ethics, forest regulations and values, safety, and stewardship.

Forest Monitoring - Trained as "citizen scientists," these volunteers collect data that will give us some insight into how our forest regenerates.

Educational Programing - Each summer, volunteers lead Guided Educational Hikes that are free to the public - then trade the hiking boots for skis or snowshoes during winter months for our Ski with a Ranger and Snowshoe tours. Volunteers also help educate the public about our cause at the weekly Dillon Farmers Market in the summer as well as special events such as Frisco's Fall Fest and Keystone's Bacon & Bourbon Festival.

Youth - This year we worked with more than 350 youth on trails and forest restoration projects, inspiring the next generation to continue caring for our National Forest. This includes our popular Summit Youth Corps, where we sponsored 4 weeks of trail building and community service activities for youth ages 11 - 17.

Forest Restoration - Trails are not all we improve. We also close down campsites that threaten water quality, plant trees and willows, pull invasive weed species, pick up trash, and remove illegally built structures.

Habitat Restoration - In 2018 we did 1 day of fish shocking in a local stream to gauge the health of the population and removed 1 mile of barbed wire fencing, which negatively impacts the migrating elk and deer populations.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you have any questions, please contact Emily at or give us a call at 970-262-3449.