Adopt A Trail


The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

From COTA’s inception, there has been a core motivation to be stewards of the land. To give freely to future generations what was freely given to us. COTA has opposed recreations fees because we believe that stewardship is a more ethical and fulfilling way to maintain our trail systems. Where the community collectively respects and contributes to the trail system.

Becoming a COTA Trail Steward is an opportunity to give back to the community. However, those who have become trail stewards know that it is much more than that. Trail stewardship develops into a personal connection with the land; an understanding of the natural forces and the seasons takes place over time. It is a unique outlet to be creative for the good of others and is for many a deeply satisfying form of volunteerism.

Thank you for taking the time to read and become familiar with this process.

There are hundreds of miles of trails in Central Oregon, preserving and maintaining them is a big part of COTA’s mission. The Trail Adoption program allows us to coordinate keeping trails open and in good condition. If you are interested in adopting a trail, start with the Adopt A Trail Guidelines. They describe the history of COTA’s involvement in trail maintenance and introduce you to the philosophy of adopting a trail. They also provide some ground rules to consider before the decision to become a Trail Steward is made. The next step in the adoption process is to contact the Chapter Representative in your area and rsvp for one of the training sessions listed below.




Crook County   

Grant County    

 The Trail Adoption List has information on availability, length, and difficulty ratings for all of the trails within COTA’s network.

You will also want to familiarize yourself with COTA Trail Standards, Mountain Bicycle Trail Class Matrix, and the Mountain Bicycle Trail Design Parameters / Trail Difficulty Ratings. These documents are used as a guide to understanding trail features and construction.  The Trail Inspection Form (TIF) and Technical/Non-technical Feature (TTF/NTF) Forms are available here.

Trail Stewards spend many hours maintaining their trails. Please respect their hard work by not altering any trail without prior communication with the trail’s designated Steward or in the case of non-adopted trails the Trail Maintenance Coordinator.

Thank you for your interest in supporting COTA and trail recreation in Central Oregon!

2016 Training Sessions

March 12th – Bend

April 2nd – Crook County

September 10th – Redmond

October 1st – Sisters