The Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC), a program of the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, works to engage local and Native American youth in a variety of conservation work and job skills training. By offering youth a chance to create long lasting relationships with their home on the Colorado Plateau, CCYC gives youth opportunities to understand, conserve, and enjoy their public lands.
With the help of a National Forest Foundation grant and matching funds, CCYC had an opportunity to work with the Manti-La Sal National Forest on mountain bike and multi-use trails in the La Sal Mountains in southeast Utah.
The Spring Crew Leader Development program finished parts of the Jimmy Keen mountain bike trail in 2015 that was started in 2014. During trail construction, CCYC had a chance encounter with a couple mountain bikers who had accidentally taken a turn onto the new trail, and could not have been more impressed with the trail. The CCYC crew relished the positive reinforcement from the bikers who had come from across the country to mountain bike in the La Sal National Forest. CCYC was an outdoor experience that many will remember for quite some time.