Volunteers Upgrade Angel Peak

More than 160 volunteers at Angel Peak Scenic Area on Saturday, October 2, 2010, improved trails and blazed new ones, built benches, painted post and cable fences and bagged enough weeds to fill a couple of dump trucks.

“It’s a gem in the desert,” said Janelle Alleman of the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office. “Angel Peak hasn’t looked this good in years and it’s all thanks to the volunteers.”

Angel Peak is a BLM recreation area south of Bloomfield.  Saturday’s 8:30 a.m. to noon event was to recognize National Public Lands Day, when the public helps improve public lands.  At noon everybody was served a catered Mexican buffet lunch, courtesy of ConocoPhillips and XTO Energy.  ConocoPhillips also provided 25 volunteers, a lot of buckets and latex gloves for painting.

Volunteers installed a kiosk at the Angel Peak scenic overlook, to provide visitors with information about the area, and they painted the kiosk and guard rail at the overlook.  Volunteers used wheelbarrows and five-gallon buckets to spread fine gravel on trails and built new trails to the new benches and to a toilet. They helped build a new post and cable fence at the overlook and painted the overlook fence and three post and cable fences at three picnic shelter areas.

Piles of sizeable river cobble had been placed at picnic shelter areas and volunteers lined the edges of trails with the rocks.

Alleman said Saturday’s 160-plus turnout by volunteers was the largest turnout ever for a National Public Lands Day event in San Juan County.


Jordan Meador with a large rake worked hard at spreading dirt and gravel along the posts during the 2010 National Public Lands Day cleanup held at Angel Peak campgrounds.

Kaleb Meador with Country Rebels 4-H Club carries a heavy load of gravel to put on trails during the 2010 National Public Lands Day cleanup.  The cleanup at Angel Peak, Castle Rock picnic area consisted of making trails, putting up benches, cleaning and painting posts.

Noelani Meador and Rashel Korte with Country Rebels 4-H Club put a bit of fun in scrubbing posts. 2010 National Public Lands Day cleanup held at Angel Peak campgrounds.

ConocoPhillips and XTO Energy provided lunch for all the volunteers during the 2010 National Public Lands Day cleanup held at Angel Peak campgrounds.  More than 160 people participated in improving and blazing new trails, building benches, painting posts and cable fence, spreading gravel and bagging weeds.