A group of students from Tucson, Ariz., volunteered their time by working on Dead Horse State Park trails during their spring break earlier this year. (Photo by Megan Blackwelder/ Courtesy Dead Horse State Park)

Dead Horse Point State Park is looking for volunteers to help out for a day of trail maintenance on Saturday, Nov. 10. This is an excellent opportunity to get out in the fresh air, get some exercise and help out your local state park in the process.

The project will focus primarily on the park’s Intrepid mountain bike trails, specifically in the particularly sandy areas.

This will involve removing sand as well as reinforcing areas with rocks to prevent future erosion. The park also needs help creating more visible trail boundaries to prevent hikers and cyclists from going off trail.

While the park is proud to provide recreational opportunities for its visitors it also has an obligation to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations of native species and park visitors alike. With the fragile desert ecosystem, keeping trails well marked and maintained is paramount to this effort.

“Trail maintenance is important to ensure that our recreational use of land is making as little negative impact as possible on the surrounding environment,” said Jordan Perez, Dead Horse State Park naturalist. “A simple task like reinforcing trail borders can make a big difference in the protection of nearby natural resources.”

Volunteers are encouraged to meet at the Dead Horse State Park Visitor Center at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10.

Snacks, rakes and shovels will be provided. The park does not have enough work gloves to accommodate a large group, so volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. Volunteers should also bring plenty of water and a sack lunch.

Tagline: Dead Horse Point State Park is located nine miles north of Moab on US 191, and 23 miles south on State Route 313. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trail crew volunteers will get free entrance into the park for the day.