Post-Fire Visitor Guidelines — Spring/Summer 2021

Much of SMC land is in recovery from the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire and remains fragile. When visiting, for the health of the land and your own safety, please follow these protocols:

  • Stay only on roads and paths. Forestry experts warn that walking over burned areas can severely impact the regrowth process. In addition, burned root systems lead to unstable ground that can collapse when walked over and partially burned trees can fall, posing safety hazards.
  • Do not walk through burned structure remains. These structures likely contained asbestos and the ruins are toxic. Until we are able to get professional asbestos removal teams to clean them up, please stay clear for your own health and safety. 
  • The Great Stupa is closed to all visitors for fire remediation, please do not try to enter. 
  • Do not enter any buildings while on the land. Outdoor porta potties are available at the Stupa and the upper parking lot. The SMC Gift Store is closed.
  • Bring food and water. Meals for visitors are not available at this time. 

Thank you for your understanding and for following these guidelines. if you have any questions, please contact the SMC Rusung, Reid Miller, at

For more information on SMC’s environmental work, please see Partnering with the Land:  SMC’s Forestry Conservation Project and the Cameron Peak Fire.


Summer Set Up Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping us prepare to open for visitors. We have been closed for more than a year due to the Cameron Peak Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic. There is much to do and extra hands are deeply appreciated.

Summer set up involves setting up tents and other outdoor preparation, as well as some indoor work setting up program spaces.

Dates and participation requirements

Dates for this program are June 11 – 20, 2021. June 11 is an arrival day and June 20 is a departure day. You are welcome to join for the entire program or a part of it. Please indicate your specific arrival and departure dates on the registration (only select dates between June 11 – 20).

Volunteer Lodging

Volunteers must bring their own tent and camping gear, warm layers, rain gear, good work boots and gloves. If bringing your own tent is not possible please indicate so in the comments section of the sign-up page.

We ask volunteers to understand and uphold our Code of Ethics.

We will contact you prior to the June 11 start date. If your plans change and you will not be able to join us for set up, or if you have any questions, please contact Noel at

Please click here to sign up.