If you love the outdoors and enjoy sharing your passion with others, the Town of Vail invites you to apply to become a volunteer trail host this summer. Working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Vail Trail Host program is a new initiative that will provide helpful information and resources at busy East Vail trailheads in an effort to improve the overall guest experience and help lay the groundwork for future improvements.
Volunteer Trail Host ambassadors will work in shifts of either two or four hours and will have a presence at the most heavily-used trails surrounding Vail. This includes the Booth Lake and Gore Creek trailheads as well as the Gore Valley Trail. The hosts will provide guests with wayfinding assistance, trail and parking information, Eagles Nest Wilderness stewardship ethics as well as tips on trail and dog etiquette to impart an overall welcoming atmosphere.
The new Vail Trail Host program will supplement other paid and volunteer programs that are being coordinated by the White River National Forest to help provide a presence at the popular trailheads during heavy use periods this summer. In addition, the town will be supplying porta-o-lets at trailheads in East Vail, as well as an additional emphasis on trailhead parking information and public transportation options to minimize neighborhood impacts. In addition, representatives from the town and U.S. Forest Service have convened a community task force to begin discussions about longer-term solutions to minimize overuse of these popular trails and the impacts to wilderness.
The inaugural Vail Trail Host Program is being managed as a component of the Vail Welcome Center and will operate from late June to late September. Welcome Center supervisor Amanda Zinn is leading the effort. “This new program will help preserve the Vail area trails while providing our guests with a memorable and enjoyable outdoor experience,” she said. “We’re excited to be partnering with the Forest Service to help make a difference this season.” The Welcome Centers, located in Vail Village and Lionshead, assist more than 100,000 guests annually as well as an additional 60,000 visitors through its companion Community Host program.
To qualify for the Trail Host program, volunteers must be available to attend a four-hour training orientation during the week of June 16 and commit to 32 hours of trail hosting during the 14-week program. Shifts are available in the morning and afternoon on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. In exchange for their service, hosts will earn a $350 credit towards Town of Vail parking, Vail Recreation District activities and Vail dining.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, help others, learn skills and make friends. To apply online, visit vailgov.com/departments/human-resources/volunteer-opportunities, or apply in person at the Welcome Center in Vail Village, located on the top deck of the parking structure.
For additional information, contact Zinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-477-3520.