Texas Trail Tamers

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, February 13, 2022
    • 2:00 PM (MST)
    • Saturday, February 19, 2022
    • 11:00 AM (MST)
    • Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Salt Flat, Tx
    • 9

    The Trail Tamers are returning to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) during the week of February 13th to trim brush and perform trail maintenance on the McKittrick Canyon Trail between Pratt Cabin and the McKittrick Ridge campground.

    The project will be supervised by the NPS trail crew and will include a series of projects starting each day at 7:30 AM and ending each day at about 4:00PM. Participants should be able to hike 5-8 miles each day and use loppers, hand saws, and other trail tools provided by the NPS. As always, participants should prepare for inclement weather and high winds.

    Kevin Deiters is the project leader.

    Participation Fee for Members: $75

    Fitness Level Description:  This project is suitable for individuals in good physical condition and participate in a regular exercise routine. Project components will include one or more of the following: hiking 5-8 miles each day, the trail may be rough, steep, and/or rocky, elevation change over 500 ft over the course of the hike, moderately physical work activities, and/or backpacking.

    Equipment and Clothing

    Tools will be provided by NPS and include loppers, hand saws, shovels, picks, Pulaskis, and McLeods.

    Participants are expected to furnish their own gear, including tent, sleeping bag, day pack, water bottles, personal mess kit, and some sort of container to use for packing their lunch. Work clothes should be practical and include long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and well-broken-in hiking boots. Most importantly, participants should bring good work gloves and safety glasses.

    Food and Accommodations

    Meals will be provided from Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast. Participants will share in the preparing meals and cleaning dishes. All efforts will be made to provide substantial, well-balanced meals. Please let the project leader know if you have any food allergies or preferences.

    GMNP is located in West Texas on U.S. Highway 62/180. The driving distance is 110 miles east of El Paso, Texas, or 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. 

    The crew will camp in the primitive campsite by the Ship on the desert (Elevation 5,200') that is located on McKittrick Road near the McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center.  Cell phone coverage in the park can be a problem.

    A map of the vicinity is available at the following link:

    McKittrick Canyon Map (PDF)

    • Sunday, March 06, 2022
    • Saturday, March 12, 2022
    • CDRI Botanical Gardens and Nature Center 43869 TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Building New Trail at the Chihuahuan Dessert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, Fort Davis, Texas promises to be one of the best projects the Trail Tamers have been involved in for many years. See below for details about the amazing perks of signing up for this project. 

    The project: The Trail Tamers will be joining up with volunteers from the Davis Mountains, Fort Davis, Alpine and Marfa area to work on a re-route of the most important trail in the whole nature center. Leading from the Visitor's Center to the geological wonder of the Modesta Canyon, this work will transform this trail into a showcase for generations to come.   

    The Perks!: The CDRI is generously providing lodging to 10 Trail Tamers for six nights each at the Mountain Trails Lodge and three meals per day on workday (Monday through Friday) for the Central Texas Trail Tamers.  For the lucky 10 who sign up first, this is a value of $780 for lodging and roughly $150 for food per person. So, no cooking and no tents! You will share a double room with another Trail Tamer, so if you want to pick your roommate, let me know asap as you sign up.  

    Even with all those perks, the cost for this event is only $150. It comes with the free lodging and meals, so it is unlikely we will ever beat this deal again. This is event is for members of the Trail Tamers only. Please register as soon as you can. Because of the Lodge's Cancellation policy, we will need to give the a final head count at least 30 days before the project starts.  Last day to register is February 1st, but sooner is better. 

    We will meet Sunday evening March 6th for a welcome dinner and a preview of the project. Work commences Monday morning and we will have five full workdays. Each worker gets two half days off during the week for recovery, as needed.  We will celebrate the new trail on Friday March 12th.  Plan to be present for the whole project. Scott Newsom and Kevin Deiters will lead this project. 

Past events

Saturday, January 15, 2022 Candlelight Ranch Tamer Trail Rehabilitation
Sunday, December 12, 2021 Love Creek Preserve December 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021 McKinney Falls State Park - Homestead Trail
Saturday, October 16, 2021 Candlelight Ranch Trail Rehabilitation
Sunday, October 10, 2021 Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center Project
Saturday, August 28, 2021 McKinney Falls State Park - Homestead Trail
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Introduction to Trail Construction and Maintenance - Miller Springs
Sunday, April 18, 2021 Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch Project
Monday, March 15, 2021 Kickapoo Caverns State Park Trail Project (Mar 15-19, 2021)
Monday, February 15, 2021 Kickapoo Caverns State Park Trail Project (Feb 15-19, 2021)
Sunday, April 19, 2020 Introduction to Sustainable Trail Construction and Maintenance at the Davis Mountains Preserve
Sunday, April 19, 2020 Trail Construction: The Nature Conservancy: Davis Mountains Preserve
Saturday, March 07, 2020 San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance Upper Purgatory Creek
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Trail Construction - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Trail Building and Maintenance Class Hosted by Ecology Action
Friday, December 13, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Sunday, November 03, 2019 Guadalupe Mountain National Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Trail Construction - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CTTT Davis Mountains Preserve Open Weekend Campout
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 CDTC - Lagunitas - Carson National Forest
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted by Wild Basin
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Davis Mountains Preserve
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Trail Construction Clinic - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, February 09, 2019 Candlelight Ranch Trail Project
Monday, January 21, 2019 Colorado River Refuge - Bastrop
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Guadalupe Peak Trail Project
Friday, October 19, 2018 cancelled - Nature Conservancy: Love Creek - cancelled
Saturday, September 01, 2018 Continental Divide Canjilon Lakes Project NM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Colorado River Refuge - Bastrop, TX (Trailhead Restoration)
Saturday, June 02, 2018 National Trails Day - Barton Creek Trail Maintenance
Saturday, June 02, 2018 National Trails Day - Barton Creek Bike Diversion Project
Friday, May 04, 2018 Balcones Canyonlands, Warbler Vista Trail Project
Friday, March 23, 2018 Introduction to Trail Maintenance
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Blanco State park
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Colorado River Refuge Trail Closures - Bastrop Tx
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, November 11, 2017 Ray Fore Celebration and Work Project
Friday, October 27, 2017 Memorial Park Conservancy: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Class
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Davis Mountains Preserve
Thursday, August 24, 2017 CDT: Martinez Canyon Relocation (Carson National Forest)
Saturday, June 03, 2017 National Trails Day 2017: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Class and Hike
Monday, May 15, 2017 Love Creek Trail Flagging
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Advanced Trail Building Skills Class Hosted By Wild Basin
Sunday, April 02, 2017 Davis Mountains Preserve - Wolf Den Trail
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted by Wild Basin
Saturday, March 11, 2017 BCP Doe Skin Ranch Creek Crossing
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Love Creek Work Weekend
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted By Wild Basin
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Trail Clinic: Working Safely with Chainsaws
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Old Baldy Bridge Project - McKinney Falls State Park

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