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Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Colorado – Volunteer Vacations 2022

July 10 - July 16

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Leadville National Fish Hatchery (NFH), established in 1889, is the second oldest Federally operated fish hatchery in existence today. American Hiking Society volunteers will work on several trail projects at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. One project is to create 3/4 mile of new trail which would create a 2 mile loop between the Kearney Park Trail and the nature trail. The trail follows some old logging/mining roads and game trails. Volunteers will conduct handwork and some dry stacking of rocks for trail support, but primarily it would be light trail clearing and delineation. If time allows, volunteers will rehab/cleanup the ~5 miles of trails already existent on the facility. Most of the trails are already in decent shape, but there are sections where dirt landing steps could be rebuilt, delineation of trail, and clearing of ankle twister rocks. There are also a few low bridges on the existing trail that will need to be repaired and rehabilitated. Please note that although the project itself does not involve strenuous tasks, the project location is at over 10,000 feet of altitude which makes physical activity significantly more strenuous.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.


Fish and Wildlife Service


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day hiking up to 1 mile each work day.

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Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

Leadville is one of the highest cities in the United States, only rivaled by 2 other small communities in the vicinity. There is a rich mining history in the area with many museums and mining areas to explore. Beyond the mining history there is a quaint downtown geared for tourism and locals alike. The area is the headwaters of the Arkansas river and boasts great fishing and water activities, as well as numerous hiking, biking, and 4x4 trails.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will tent camp on the Leadville National Fish Hatchery land nearby a bunkhouse with a bathroom, shower, and a full kitchen. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.


Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado is the closest major airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.


Leadville National Fish Hatchery
2846 Highway 300, Leadville, CO 80461 United States + Google Map