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Book Cliffs Service Project

May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm UTC-6

The Land

Between Price, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado, Highway 6 and Interstate 70 cross 170 miles of barren and windswept terrain. The drive would be lonely but for a constant companion: the thousand-foot-high wall of the Book Cliffs that parallels the highway just to the north. Winding for 250 miles across Utah and Colorado, it is the longest continuous escarpment in the world.

Near the town of Green River, Utah, a second escarpment, the Roan Cliffs, rises above the Book Cliffs, and together the two climb a vertical mile above the desert. From a distance the double rampart appears to be a smooth, unbroken wall, but on closer inspection it resolves into a complicated network of spurs, ridgelines, and canyons.

The Book Cliffs-Desolation Canyon wilderness is a merging of three different worlds: the great rampart of the Roan and Book cliffs, the high alpine forests and meadows of the Tavaputs Plateau, and the inner world of Desolation Canyon.

It is all marvelous wilderness. Abundant wildlife and rugged beauty have made the Book Cliffs wilderness one of Utah’s most popular backcountry destinations. Each year the region draws more than 6,000 hunters, and an equal number of river runners make the float trip through Desolation Canyon annually.

The Work

Our crew will install a gate at the boundary of a wilderness study area to prevent non-permitted into protected areas. An existing WSA boundary serves as the intersection between lands managed variously by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Moab field office, the State and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and private landowners.This project has been on the docket for over a year and will serve as the culmination of efforts on behalf of all parties involved.  8-10 spaces are available.

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

  • install a secure a swinging gate;
  • additional determined vertical mulching and track/tread raking;
  • manual reclamation of visually disturbed surface

Our Objective: To ensure compliance with existing travel management rules and regulations in service of localized wilderness-quality lands preservation.

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Saturday, May 18th: Meet at designated location at 9:00am. Travel to site.
  • Sunday, May 19th: Complete work projects in AM.

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 at a location TBD adjacent to the work site. This will be specified in the Welcome Letter sent to registered volunteers.

SUWA provides (1) lunch 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 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.

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May 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am UTC-6
May 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm UTC-6
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