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Canyon Rims Stewardship Project – University of Utah Alternative Break Students Only

March 19, 2022

The Land

A vast wilderness east and south of Canyonlands National Park is contained within the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, which as its name suggests features many canyons, cliffs, mesas and eroded red rock formations, though also a lot of flat, rather featureless grassy plains. Most lies to the east, starting a little south of Moab, and extends from the Colorado River opposite Dead Horse Point across to US 191, and down to the border with the Manti La Sal National Forest at the foothills of the Abajo Mountains. This section has three long canyons – Kane Springs, Harts Draw, and Indian Creek, along which runs road UT 211 past Newspaper Rock State Park into the Needles District of Canyonlands NP – and also a great escarpment formed by high red Wingate sandstone cliffs that mark the boundary between the Colorado River valley and the plateau beyond (Hatch Point and Harts Point).

The southern part stretches from the edge of the Needles District southwest towards White Canyon near Lake Powell, and contains several deep, branched tributaries of the Colorado River, principally Bodie Canyon, Gypsum Canyon and parts of Dark Canyon.  [source]

The Work

Our crew will build an extensive fence to better manage travel and camping impacts. Manual and power tools will be used. Fire rings will be cleaned or dismantled. 

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, March 19th: Project Orientation and Completion

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.

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.



March 19, 2022
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Stewardship Program
(435) 259-9151
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