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Get Involved: Montrose (Area 18) - Wildlife Host - Dan Noble SWA

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Wildlife Host - Dan Noble SWA


Dan Noble State Wildlife Area (SWA) with Miramonte Reservoir is located in a rural setting surrounded by mountains that are very attractive to local residents and non-residents alike. People travel from the far corners of Colorado and from out of state to Dan Noble SWA to recreate, especially to catch the trophy Rainbow Trout, with its distinct pink meat, and abundant crayfish during the summer and ice fish in the winter. The SWA also provides strong economic value to local communities (Norwood, Nucla and Naturita). 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Maintain/clean campgrounds and day use areas and outhouses
  • Provide maintenance to buildings, outhouses and picnic tables
  • Complete a daily log of camping use by visitors
  • Provide information to visiting public and people wanting to fish
  • Clean and maintain outhouse at Woods Lake SWA (about 85 miles to the east) once a week.

Hosts must be able to live in a remote area and enjoy meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life. Must be able to perform basic maintenance on the campground and facilities. Should be able to lift 60-70 pounds and pull heavy (and sometimes smelly...) trash bags from barrels and place in dump trailer.

Experience with maintenance and carpentry beneficial but not required. Great interpersonal skills are required for communicating with the public.

Site elevation: 7,500 ft.

Looking for 1-2 hosts for the 2023 season!  We are looking for a couple/pair although individuals will be considered. Hosts are allowed pets as long as set rules are followed.

Time Commitment:

20-25 hours per week per person, May - August.

Minimum time commitment: 2 months

Desired time commitment: 2-3 months

Volunteer Benefits:

CPW staff in this area cover a very large geographic area, and we wish we could be in two (or three, or four) places at once! A camp host greatly contributes to staff capacity, keeps a friendly presence for visitors, and helps the natural and recreational spaces stay clean and beautiful.

Dan Noble SWA is especially known for the trophy Rainbow Trout, with its distinct pink meat, and abundant crayfish during the summer and ice fishing in the winter.


In exchange for volunteer service, hosts receive a free campsite in a beautiful location! This includes sewage, electric (30 amp), and AT&T cell service.  We are working to install a new water system at this SWA and hope that it will be functional by spring of 2023. If the water system is not available, we do have large plastic barrels that hosts can get and bring water to their camper trailer or RV.

Maintenance and Construction - Maintenance and Construction, Customer Service - Greet and Orient Visitors, Volunteer Hosts - State Wildlife Area Host, Maintenance and Construction - Grounds/Facility Maintenance
Dan Noble SWA

Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Melody Miller
(970) 252-6004