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Three Kiva Pueblo Service Project

September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018

The Land

The culturally rich lands of southern Utah’s canyon country well exceed the boundaries of our national monuments and designated wilderness. Located between Bears Ears National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument, Three Kiva Pueblo is a managed archeological site representative of the history of indigenous occupation of redrock country at the present-day border of Utah and Colorado. 

The Work

Our crew will work with regional archaeologists to manage and restore Three Kiva Pueblo. We will be removing vegetation that has encroached on the archeological site. In addition, we will perform masonry stabilization to ensure the integrity of the structure. Our work will protect the site from damage while clearing the visual landscape to allow for proper digital documentation of the site. 5-6 spaces available.

Work tasks will vary by need, and are slated to include:

  • vegetation management & removal, including pruning, lopping and clearing;
  • loading and carrying needed materials and tools to site;
  • drystack masonry;

Our Objective: To reduce the presence of damaging vegetation at a protected cultural site, to repair existing damage, and in doing so to create conditions conducive to modern mapping techniques to properly record the quality and character of the site.

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Saturday, September 8th: Day 1 of Project. We will gather at 7:30am for workday orientation.
  • Sunday, September 9th: We will gather at 8:00am after breakfast. We will work until 3:00pm.

Project Rating 

Level 2 – Our most common trip incorporates mid- to heavy-lifting, work in remote landscapes at varying elevations, an increased diversity of tool use, and an emphasis on physical fitness and hiking competency.

Camping & Meals

Volunteers will camp on site. Specific location will be indicated in the Welcome Letter provided to registered volunteers.

SUWA provides (1) dinner, (1) breakfast, and snacks during the project. Volunteers are responsible for all additional meals during their stay.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Participants are responsible for their own food, water and camping gear as well as transportation to and from the project site(s). Volunteers should plan to be away from camp all day each of the work days. A recommended pack list will be sent along with the project Welcome Letter two weeks prior to the start date.


A completed 2018 Volunteer Agreement is required for this project. 

When we have received your form, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 5 working days of submission. The confirmation e-mail will indicate whether you have been placed on the “project roster” or a “waiting list.”

Three weeks before the start of the trip, you will receive an RSVP to confirm your participation. Individuals on the Waitlist will be contacted if spaces open due to cancellation.

Two weeks before the project start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive a Welcome Letter, with a comprehensive itinerary, including: driving instructions, a Project Map (for mobile devices), a notification about carpools and/or caravans, and additional information in a Pre-Departure email.

If you have any questions at any point throughout the process, please don’t hesitate to contact our program coordinator: volunteer@suwa.org  or  (435) 259-9151.


September 8, 2018
September 9, 2018
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