Manitou Lake Pavilion, CO 2022
Manitou Lake Pavilion, CO 2022

Manitou Lake Pavilion, CO 2022

Manitou Lake Pavilion, CO 2022

This CCC era shelter sits on the edge of the beautiful Manitou Lake. Recreation opportunities are bountiful and we highly recommend registering for this breathtaking project located in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest! 

PROJECT PARTNER: Pike-San Isabel National Forests

SESSION DATES: July 17-22, July 24-29, August 14-19, and August 21-26.

PROJECT SUPERVISORS: Pete Specht (Sessions 1 and 2) and Steve Harris (Sessions 3 and 4)

CREW LEADER: Jamie Shalvey

Project Site Description & History

Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute peoples are the traditional custodians of what is now called Manitou Lake and its surrounding lands. Today, visitors flock to the area to enjoy commercial resorts and outdoor recreation, but long before Zebulon Pike named the most prominent mountain – originally called Tava – after himself, members of Indigenous nations “drank the waters of nearby Manitou Springs and took shelter in Garden of the Gods Park during the winter months” (source). This site is now under the stewardship of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest and is a celebrated location for picnics, hiking, cycling, and photo-taking!

Manitou Lake Pavilion was constructed in the 1930s by the CCC and/or WPA. Both programs were part of the Depression-era New Deal as a poverty relief program. Under this program young men were put to work on public benefit projects, especially on public lands. Corps members would receive three square meals per day, and $30 per month – $25 of which was given directly to their families. Programs like AmeriCorps and the Civilian Climate Corps steward these ideals in the modern era. Volunteers on this project will not only enjoy a wonderful setting near all sorts of amenities, but also come away knowing their hard work has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people looking for some respite in a busy world.

Location and Logistics

SESSION DATESJuly17-22, July 24-29, August 14-19, and August 21-26. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.


ACCESS:    Tent camping only Site is RV/trailer accessible

Tents, campervans, truck campers, and RVs up to 25 feet in length can access our campground. There are no hookups and ground may not be perfectly level. Dogs are allowed, but they must be leashed at all times.

WEATHER:  Anticipate highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s. 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 will learn the skills necessary to rehabilitate the The Manitou Pavilion Lodge. This project is considered semi-difficult due to working on an exposed roof at an altitude of 7,700 feet.

  • Repair and replace sill and wall logs (25%)
  • Install composite shingle roof (25%)
  • Repair and replace log railings (20%)
  • Repair mortar in foundation, chimneys, and flagstone patio and stairs (15%)
  • Repair and replace chinking and daubing between log courses (10%)
  • Graffiti removal (5%)
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.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

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.