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Welcome new and seasoned volunteers! Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance. Please complete the 2021 Volunteer Profile Form. We will contact you soon to follow-up with you on volunteer opportunities that match your interests and availability. For more information or questions please email Shaine Gans at or call (970) 676-1095.

CSSP Volunteer Field Trip
  • NEW!! Trail Information Specialist Program:
    Training: Friday, May 14, 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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    Join us for an introduction to becoming a volunteer Trail Information Specialist. This training offered in collaboration with BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument staff and Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance staff is specifically for volunteers new to the Trail Information Specialist Program. The training will include everything that you need to know to get started as a Trail Information Specialist volunteer.
    With increasing visitation to trails and other public sites located in CANM, the volunteer Trail Information Specialist’s main responsibilities will be to position themselves near popular trailheads or rove within high use recreational areas for the purpose of orienting visitors by providing important information about BLM rules for visiting the area, Leave No Trace and Visit With Respect information, and interpretive information and materials such as informational brochures and Junior Ranger packets to visitors. TIS volunteers will perform their volunteer service at various popular locations in the Monument such as the Lower Sand Canyon Trail Area, Upper Sand Canyon Trail & Sand Canyon Pueblo, Lowry Pueblo, Painted Hand Pueblo, and Escalante Pueblo. Service is preferred in 3 to 4 hour increments of the volunteer’s choosing, during high visitation days such as Thursday through Sunday. To register for this training session or for more information about becoming a Trail Information Specialist please contact Shaine Gans by email at
  • The Cultural Site Stewardship Program: SCCA oversees this program which includes almost 60 volunteers who monitor 100 cultural sites on BLM/Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and on other BLM/Tres Rios areas in Southwest Colorado. Stewards report on impact or damage to sites due to human, animal, or natural causes. Contact Diane McBride at 970-560-1643 or
  • Wilderness Study Area Monitoring: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument includes three Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) encompassing 32,835 acres. WSAs are managed to preserve their wilderness value until Congress makes a decision to either designate the areas as wilderness or to release the areas for non-wilderness management. Volunteers hike these remote areas and report on usage. Contact Diane McBride at 970-560-1643 or for more information.
  • Monument Maintenance and Improvement: From road cleanup to trail maintenance, Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance Volunteers do it all! Maintaining 176,000 acres and a world-class museum takes dedication and energy. Feet on the ground assist Monument personnel to preserve and protect this exceptional landscape and phenomenal museum and research facility. To volunteer on the Monument, please contact Shaine Gans at 970-676-1095 or
  • Education: Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance promotes education about the Monument, stewardship of natural and cultural resources, responsible recreation, and Leave No Trace ethics. To volunteer helping with education activities please contact Shaine Gans at 970-676-1095 or
  • Special Events: Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance hosts special events throughout the year and outreaches to the community through events sponsored by other local organization. For more information on how you can help, please contact Shaine Gans at 970-676-1095 or 
    • We are currently updating the SCCA Volunteer Handbook. Check back soon to download the most recent version.