Events / 2024 Fryingpan River Cleanup - April 22-27

26th annual Fryingpan & Beyond Cleanup - April 22-27, 2024

Registration is closed! Thank you to the 130+ individuals who volunteered to cleanup the Fryingpan River from Basalt to Ruedi Dam, the Roaring Fork River through the Town of Basalt, and many other locations throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed.

Volunteers cleaning these locations will be out all next week and have specific directions on what to do with the trash.

For those still wanting to participate but did not get a chance to register, we encourage you to clean up in your neighborhood, the perimeter of parking lots, your favorite fishing access, the Rio Grande Trail, bike trails, hiking trails, etc. 




We're looking for volunteers to pick up trash along rivers throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed!


  • Volunteers are needed to clean up trash along rivers throughout the Roaring Fork Watershed, during daylight hours only, the week of April 22-27.

  • Pre-registration is only REQUIRED for anyone wanting to pick up trash on Frying Pan Road and along the Roaring Fork River through Basalt. All other locations need not register but please skip down to "All volunteers are asked to" section.

    • Fryingpan River/Frying Pan Road: 
      • Volunteers interested in cleaning up Frying Pan Road:
        • Must be 6 years or older. Children 6-12 years old must be supervised by immediate family member at all times. (Eagle County Requirement)
        • Register, as only so many people are assigned per mile.
        • Register two or more people per river mile. 
        • Wear a bright colored vest (your own or one borrowed from RFC).
        • Trash should be left along Frying Pan Road (only) and will be picked up by Eagle County by 2pm on Thursday, April 25 and 2pm on Saturday, April 27. Any trash collected after 2pm on Saturday must be brought down to Basalt and thrown in the dumpster provided, which is located at Lake Christine State Wildlife Area.
        • After registering, RFC will assign you a river mile on which to focus your cleanup efforts and instruct you on where to pick up trash bags and vests.  RFC will communicate assignments and instructions with you via email several days before the cleanup.

    • Roaring Fork River through Basalt:
      • May be cleaned up by volunteers of all ages.
      • Registration required.
      • Via email, RFC will direct volunteers to specific locations that need trash pick-up and instruct you on where to pick up trash bags.
  • ALL volunteers are asked to:
    • Respect private property. Do not trespass.
    • Dress appropriately, including proper footwear.
    • Provide your own gloves.
    • Wear a bright colored (blaze orange or yellow preferred) shirt, jacket or vest if you will be travelling along a road.
    • Trash bags will only be provided for those cleaning up Frying Pan Road and along the Roaring Fork River through the Town of Basalt.
    • Take photos!
  • When to cleanup?
    • Whatever time is convenient for you from April 22-27 - daylight hours only.

Become a Sponsor of the 2024 Fryingpan & Beyond Cleanup and support over 200 volunteers as they clean up and protect our rivers!



Registration closed on April 16.



Fryingpan River Cleanup: Video and Photos

Charlie talks about why he helped clean-up the Fryingpan River in April of 2014.



Photos from the 2014 Fryingpan River Cleanup




 Cornelia Long
Alpine Bank
Jean Moore
Brooksher Family Foundation
Gerard Tomasso & Sherry Caloia
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Eagle County
Get Busy Liv'n
Town of Basalt
Two Leaves and a Bud
Waste Management

Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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