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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 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.

Trail Information Specialist volunteers Anna and Rod greet visitors at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center
CSSP Volunteer Field Trip
  • NEW!! Trail Information Specialist Program:
    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. If you are interested in becoming a Cultural Site Steward please click here for a link to complete an online Site Steward Questionnaire. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1st. Openings for new volunteers for this program are limited. Please complete the questionnaire so we can save a site for you to monitor. The following trainings are scheduled to take place online using Zoom:
  • Saturday, February 12, 9:00 a.m. ~ Refresher course for experienced Site Stewards focusing on the ArchMonitor app.
  • Monday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ~Training for ALL 2022 Cultural Site Stewards.
  • Wednesday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ~ Training for new Site Stewards focusing on the ArchMonitor app. 

    We also look forward to offering Site Stewards an opportunity to join us on a fieldtrip in the Monument later in March. The exact date and location of this excursion will be announced soon. 

    Please contact Diane McBride at or (970) 560-1643 if you have any questions about the Cultural Site Stewardship Program, applying to be a NEW volunteer with this program, your current volunteer status with this program, or the upcoming trainings.
  • 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.

An in-person training will take place for all new and experienced Wilderness Study Area Monitoring volunteers on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center. COVID-19 safety protocols will determine if we will meet indoors or outdoors for the first session in the morning.

From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. we will learn about what WSAs are and are not, what we look for and report on when hiking through them, how to create a report, and how to use the Avenza app with the BLM’s WSA map. Using the Avenza app is not mandatory but does simplify your monitoring if you have a smartphone and feel comfortable using apps. 

Next, we will eat a quick lunch while at the museum, and then caravan (carpooling as you feel comfortable) to the Sand Canyon Trail west parking area. From there we will try to fit in even fewer cars to visit the Rare Lizard and Snake WSA. We look forward to seeing you!

If you are interested in becoming a WSA Monitor and participating in the training, or if you have any questions about the WSA Monitoring Program please contact Diane McBride by email at or by phone at 970-560-1643.

  • 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.