The Manitou Springs Police Department is looking for help to remove trash and debris from the Black Canyon Open Space. Abandoned illegal camps in this area are difficult to clean up due to their hard-to-reach location and the large amount of trash and debris people leave behind.

MSPD officers collaborating with Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful and the Pikes Peak Trail Crew have organized an opportunity for community members to help preserve the beautiful open space.

The clean-up starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9; volunteers should meet on foot at the Black Canyon/Garden Drive intersection. The camps are about a 30-minute hike from the meeting location. 

Participants will haul trash down the hillside, and should wear safe and sturdy footwear and bring water. Work gloves are recommended.

Volunteers must fill out the registration and release form at

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