Family Fun and Service in the Colorado Rockies

Sierra Club Outings Trip # 14220A, Service/ Volunteer


  • Help preserve and enhance trails near Aspen
  • Camp in a mountain meadow surrounded by majestic peaks
  • Hike, ride a gondola, go rafting, or just relax on your day off


  • Tasty, mostly vegetarian meals
  • Great company, meaningful conservation work
  • Majestic surroundings


DatesJul 28–Aug 3, 2014
Price$545 (Adult)
$445 (Child)
Deposit$100 (Adult)
$50 (Child)
Min. Age10
StaffLinda Gerdenich
Photo: Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

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Trip Overview

The Trip

This summer, you and your favorite young environmentalists can join other families for a service project in beautiful mountains that surround Aspen, Colorado. This is the most photographed area in North America and you'll see why.

Our day off will allow participants to experience the area in all its glory. You can catch a bus to explore Aspen, rent bikes, ride horses, swim, hike, or river raft. Participants can also attend one of many Music Festival events, ride the Silver Queen or Elk Camp Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain or Snowmass Ski Area, or just explore the area.

The Project

We will be working with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, a dedicated group that promotes stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects. Check out their website,, to see just what they have recently accomplished.  We could be in spruce/fir forest, working next to a mountain creek tumbling down a high valley, or wading through a mountain meadow full of wildflowers.  We will also build "creature caves" to provide mountain animals a little extra protection. The trip is suitable for nature lovers of all ages, with a minimum age of 10. This is a terrific family opportunity to work alongside others with similar interests to preserve our public lands.


We will meet in Aspen on Monday, July 28 to caravan as a group to our campsite, get set up, and share dinner. On Tuesday, July 29, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers staff will explain the project and teach us about tool safety. We will work two days, enjoy a day off, then work two more days. We will break camp Sunday, August 3 after breakfast, then caravan back to our meeting place.



Accommodations and Food

We will be camping in a beautiful area with majestic views.  All meals are provided beginning with dinner on Monday, July 28 and ending with breakfast the following Sunday. Come with the attitude that eating good food, cooked by Chef Luanne with the assistance of participant sous chefs, is part of the adventure. Before the trip, all participants will be asked to complete a food questionnaire that lists favorites, dislikes, and any special dietary needs. Menus are planned to please all palates.

Trip Difficulty

This is an easy to moderate trip, but participants need to be in reasonably good shape as we'll be working, and sleeping, at high altitude. To acclimate to the altitude, please plan to arrive at least a day before the trip starts. Aspen is a spectacular place and you will be pleased that you arrived before the trip starts. We will provide you with resources for lodging, camping, and activities.

Equipment and Clothing

Participants are responsible for their own tents, sleeping bags, and pads. You will also need to bring a covered food container (like Tupperware) for carrying your lunch to the work site, and a plate, bowl, drinking mug, and sliverware for meals in camp. The leader will send a detailed equipment list well before the trip begins. Essential items include sturdy hiking boots with protected toes & Vibram soles, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants that can get grubby, two pairs of work gloves, and waterproof (not water-resistant) jacket and pants.  


  • Aspen Historical Society:
  • Aspen Chamber Resort Association:
  • Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers:
  • Frey, Ruth, Aspen on Foot.
  • Molvar, Erik, Hiking Colorado’s Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness.
  • U.S. Forest Service – White River National Forest


This service project will help create a lasting legacy for future generations by preserving and enhancing public lands.

In 2014 America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Sierra Club, various other organizations with a wilderness focus, and the four federal wilderness management agencies are vigorously planning this celebration. The goal of the effort is to assure that a broader public knows about the concept and benefits of wilderness. Sierra Club Outings is a vital part of the celebrations for wilderness.
While the Act was far in the future when our outings program started, we were already promoting the principle behind it: to forever set aside from human developments certain special places, by civic agreement. This is the basic principle on which the Sierra Club was founded. The wilderness anniversary gives us an opportunity to highlight our organization’s leading role—in publicizing this principle, in passing the 1964 Act, and in achieving more designated wilderness since then.



Linda Gerdenich is a semi-retired Public Relations Director, avid skier, cyclist, hiker and, most of all, proud grandmother of six. Living in Aspen affords wonderful cultural and outdoor opportunities for this retired ballerina who still takes twice weekly ballet classes. Leading service trips, for more than 15 years, is a great joy since it allows us to learn so much.


Luanne Nyberg is chef extraordinaire. She loves to cook (ask her about her great pickle sampling event), is an avid organic gardener and a lover of grandchildren, travel, and the outdoors. Recently retired from public service, this native Minnesotan has led or cooked a number of Sierra Club Service trips.

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