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Water Canyon Stewardship Project

June 27, 2022

The Land
Adjacent to the southeast boundary of Zion National Park, Canaan Mountain Wilderness is comprised of approximately 44,500 acres of public land in Washington County. In this wilderness, an 8-by-10 mile block of Navajo Sandstone, bounded by 2,000-foot-high cliffs, has been sculpted by wind and water over time into a landscape of soaring cliff walls, natural arches, and slot canyons. On the highest plateaus, stands of ponderosa pine are surrounded by cream-colored slickrock. Pinyon pine, Utah juniper, scrub oak, and sagebrush cover the mountain slopes, at lower elevations. Seeps in the canyon walls provide water for hanging gardens of maidenhair fern, monkeyflower, and columbine. Hawks, falcons, and golden eagles nest along the sandstone walls, while ring-tailed cats, deer, cougar, and black bear live on the plateaus and in the canyon bottoms.

The Work

Our work will focus on remediating graffiti impacts in the wilderness. Volunteers will use scrubs and brushes and jet spray backpacks to remove traces of recent graffiti on sandstone and other surfaces. Additional hand tools may be used to further remediate social trail and other ground impacts as determined.

Our Objective: Remediate the impacts of rock graffiti in a protected wilderness area.

Project Itinerary: A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers.

  • Monday, June 27th – 8:00AM until 4:00pm

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. The nature of Level 2 projects vary. Read specific project descriptions thoroughly for comprehensive expectations.

Camping & Meals

Volunteers will camp (at their choosing) on site at a location TBD. This may also be attended as a day-only project.

A meal (likely lunch) will be provided.

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.



June 27, 2022
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Stewardship Program
(435) 259-9151
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