This July 30th and 31st, Employees of Breckenridge Grand Vacations will be donating their time to help restore the Peaks Trail. The Peaks Trail is a popular trail that starts on Peak 7 near the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. The Peaks trail runs from Breckenridge to Frisco and is popular with hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. The Peaks Trail is a perennial all-star among Summit County trails, loved by Owners at Grand Lodge and soon the Grand Colorado on Peak 8.
If you like playing outdoors in Summit County, be assured that you will spend a good part of your trip in the Dillon Ranger District which comprises all of the national forest land in Summit County. At 312,000 acres that is pretty much all of the woods, mountains, meadows, rivers, campgrounds, ski areas, and recreation sites in Summit County!
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is a local nonprofit organization that has been assisting the Dillon Ranger District with trail maintenance projects since 2004. Local organizations, businesses, or groups within the community have stepped up to “adopt” local trails. What does that mean? Adopting a trail means that you commit to recruiting volunteers to help with at least 3 full project days out on your adopted trail! Let’s face it, we all love our trails and the best way to make sure they stay in great condition is to regularly work on them.
Breckenridge Grand Vacations is currently in its 7th official year of adopting the Peaks Trail. Every year BGV commits to having several employees trained as crew leaders so that BGV can host these trail days. FDRD could not possibly supervise the large number of volunteers these projects bring in without their incredible Crew Leaders! Breckenridge Grand Vacations was awarded “Adopter of the Year” in 2011 and Michael Jensen was also awarded “Crew Leader of the Year” in 2010! Kaira Adam has been the driving force behind setting up these projects and getting people psyched about giving back. According to Kaira each year the program has “grown in popularity with more employees interested in being trained as a supervisor than there are available slots. BGV also throws in a BBQ for the volunteers at the end of each day. It is great fun for everybody involved.”
If you love playing in Breckenridge and Summit County, consider giving back to the FDRD. There are many ways you can help. With over 60 projects a year, FDRD volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating forest visitors, and much more. One of the best ways to pitch in is to volunteer your time on one of the many projects the FDRD has going. Donations are always accepted and greatly appreciated. Become a member of the FDRC. For more information, visit the FDRD Website at www.FDRD.org send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at 970-262-3449.