Over a dozen people turned out to prepare Hyalite Canyon for its summer season.

Volunteers were ready to pick up trash, break down old fire rings, clean up campsites and spruce up bulletin boards.

Representatives with the Gallatin National Forest say a lot of people love and take pride in Hyalite.

They say it sees 10,000 visitors a month in winter and 30,000 visitors per month over the summer.

That's why the Gallatin National Forest and Friends of Hyalite try to team up twice a year to give the canyon the care and attention it needs to keep it looking good.

They say volunteering also gives the community the chance to get involved and get to know eachother better.

We asked some younger volunteers why they came out to pitch in and this is what they had to say:

"So the forest doesn't get messed up," explains Joshua Garrigues.

Jonathan Garrigues says he came to "pick mushrooms and clean up garbage."

Leon Therrien told NBC Montana, "I knew it would help so, I like helping."

Hyalite Road opens to motor vehicles Wednesday, May 16th.

For more information about how you can get involved, visit the Friends of Hyalite website.