Adopt a Trail

Salida-area Parks, Open-space & Trails (SPOT) is a volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission to promote the creation, preservation, improvement and appreciation of parks, open space and trails in the greater Salida area.  For over twenty years, SPOT has worked with citizens and the municipalities of Chaffee County to enhance recreational opportunities in the area, including helping to plan and develop the Salida Trail System and supporting trail maintenance through its community based Adopt-a-Trail Program. Other projects have included historic preservation, public park improvements and open-space acquisition.
Thank you,
Donna Rhoads, SPOT President



What is the Adopt-A-Trail Program?

The purpose of the program is to promote the sustainability and beauty of trails in Salida by allowing volunteers to care for and maintain a section of trail. Volunteers provide feedback to the City regarding needed remediation and suggestions for trail improvements.

Who can adopt a trail?

Individuals, groups, families, businesses, and community / service organizations can adopt a trail. Anyone interested in the outdoors is welcome to help maintain this sustainable City resource.

How does the Adopt-A-Trail Program work?

  1. The adopting individual or group commits to a one-year period of adoption. At the end of that time the adoption can be renewed, changed to a different section, or terminated. If there is a waiting list for a particular section of trail, after the one-year period of time has elapsed the next in line for that section will be given the adoption opportunity. Adoption times for all sections of trail begin on June 1 of each year.
  2. Monitoring of your section should be done at least four times a year. Some sections of trail will need to be monitored more frequently depending on use and time of year. S.P.O.T. will send out a reminder at the beginning of each quarter.
  3. Volunteers are active in keeping trails free of debris, pruning small limbs, removing brush from the trail corridor, cleaning established drainage channels, covering “social trails,” and depositing dog waste in the nearest dog station. Volunteers are also responsible for notifying S.P.O.T. of any damage to the trail, offering maintenance suggestions, and recommending possible stair/path additions, and memorial bench placement sites.

Is there formal recognition of volunteer efforts?

Volunteers will be recognized in two ways:

  1. An article in the paper will list specific trail sections and name the volunteers who work on each section.
  2.  The volunteer’s name will be posted on the City’s website along with the description of each trail in the City trail system.

How to get started

Contact the Adopt-A-Trail Coordinator (contact information below) to set up a time to meet and discuss the benefits and requirements of trail adoption, to learn about sections open for adoption, and to complete the Adopt-A-Trail application.

Donna Rhoades – Salida area Parks and Opens space and Trails (S.P.O.T.)