Hunter Creek Shop, CO 2022
Hunter Creek Shop, CO 2022

Hunter Creek Shop, CO 2022

Hunter Creek Shop, CO 2022

HistoriCorps comes to the rescue in this popular hiking destination just outside of Aspen, Colorado!

PROJECT PARTNER: Hunter Creek Historical Foundation

SESSION DATES: September 11-16, September 18-23, September 25-30, and October 2-7

PROJECT SUPERVISOR: Steve Harris and Sarah Mees


Project Site Description & History

Today, it may be known as a mountain retreat for the elite, with median home prices often exceeding $2M, but the original settler history of Aspen was much more humble – and much more difficult to attain due to the sheer difficulty of accessing and living in this alpine environment. The Ute Nation has called this place home for generations; non-Indigenous settlers only recently began to arrive in droves during the 1880s in order to extract silver ore for financial gain. Although the Ute held a treaty granting them “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation,” settlers ignored it and instead chose violent methods of removing Ute peoples by force. The resulting conflict is known as the Meeker Massacre. Barely more than a decade later, the silver mines had all but played out, and by the 1930s Aspen held a population of just 1,000 people as recorded by the US Census. By the mid 20th century, ski tourism economies were blooming and visitors began to flock to this remote area. Pop musicians like John Denver romanticized the town’s beautiful setting to a national audience. Soon after these songs hit the airwaves, the community experienced a boom in new residents and funding. Today, the town retains its commitment to portions of its history through investing in its beautiful small downtown where local and internationally-recognized brands can be found, growing its economy through ski tourism, arts & culture events, and cooperating with land management agencies to ensure easy access to the spectacular environment surrounding the town.

Hunter Creek Valley is a supremely popular and beautiful hiking area just outside of Aspen. During this HistoriCorps project, volunteers will get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime, all inclusive trip to this internationally-renowned destination while also giving back through preserving the iconic Hunter Creek Shed. According to the Hunter Creek Historical Foundation, “This 60-acre site includes both pre-historic and historic components and has been identified by the Forest Service as officially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Properties. However, a lack of public funding has allowed these structures to deteriorate to a state of near oblivion, and the historic barn on the Adelaide Ranch has already been completely lost.” HistoriCorps to the rescue!! Learn more about this great preservation project in the Aspen Times! We hope you will join us this fall to stabilize the barn and restore its siding and roof.

Views of Hunter Creek from 1945 featuring Koch Ranch.

Location and Logistics


September 11-16, September 18-23, September 25-30, and October 2-7. Please plan to arrive at the campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

LOCATION:  Hunter Creek is located at an elevation of 8,000 feet and we strongly recommend acclimating before arriving at the project.

·       MAP to CAMPSITE (same as project site)

ACCESS:    Tent camping only 

There will be limited road access to the project site. Tent camping is recommended, but there is limited access and availability for truck campers and campervans. Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted. 

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the 70s and lows potentially in the 30s. Weather conditions may be rainy, cloudy, or sunny. Volunteers are responsible for checking weather conditions before their session begins, and packing appropriately.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work gloves, clothes and boots, and other personal gear.

Scope of Work


HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and applying the traditional skills necessary to restore the Hunter Creek Shop.

  • Foundation – excavate sill timbers, pour concrete footers, and infill with local field stones (20%)
  • Framing repair and replacement to sill timbers, wall studs, and roof system (20%)
  • Corrugated metal roof replacement (25%)
  • Wooden siding repair and replacement (15%)
  • Apply exterior weathering solutions to siding and metal roofing (10%)
  • Site grading and drainage (10%)

Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact for assistance.

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Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe.  Read our Covid protocols here (updated August 2022).
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, work gloves, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, gloves are standard personal protection equipment (PPE) required on all projects. Hard hats must be worn at all times on the project site, unless working in a designated safe space. Field staff will train volunteers on correct use of PPE.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.