January 24, 2018

Our Story

It all started in 1995...

Founding Members

We wanted an organization that brought the community together

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) was founded in 1995 by a small group of locals who saw the need for a volunteer organization to work in partnership with the public agencies and municipalities that manage, preserve and protect our public lands. Our goal was to support these land managers, as well as conservation-minded organizations, by providing a foundation of expertise and resources to complete high-quality, tangible projects. Built on the successful model of the Appalachian Trail Club and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, RFOV uses community involvement and a “hands-on” method to foster a sense of stewardship of our abundant natural areas.

< Pictured: Suzanne Wolff, the second Chair of RFOV’s Board of Directors, with founders David Hamilton, Michael Hutton, and Kevin Flohr at the 10th Anniversary celebration in 2005

Our first projects

Our first project, in July of 1995, was to improve the popular Scout Trail in Glenwood Springs. That summer, we had a total of 105 volunteers join us for 3 projects. We continued to work with land managers and agencies to see which trails needed improvement. Our focus: To create sustainable trails that prevented erosion from damaging our prized lands.

Since those first few years...

We're proud of the impact that our volunteers and groups have had on our public lands. 


Number of Volunteers


Miles of Trail Built


Miles of Trail Maintained


Acres of Wetland Restored

And we're not stopping

Each Year RFOV selects projects that will have long-lasting value to our community, are doable by volunteers, and offer opportunities to educate our trail users about good ethics and land management issues. We provide an opportunity for volunteers to get to know local agency personnel and to learn more about each agency’s responsibilities and capabilities. We know project participants will leave each project with a greater understanding of what it really takes to build or maintain a section of trail, restore a stream bank, or reclaim a road – and often with an entirely new sense of ownership and connection to our public lands.