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Westwater Canyon – National Public Lands Day Volunteer Appreciation Project

September 17, 2022 - September 18, 2022

The Land

The Westwater Canyon WSA spans the Westwater Canyon portion of the Colorado River with the eastern two-thirds of these protected lands located in the Dolores Triangle. Major tributary canyons on the east side of the river include Little Dolores, Marble, and Star canyons. A short box canyon, Little Hole, and a rincon (Big Hole) are the main features northwest of the river corridor. Up on the highlands, pinyon-juniper woodlands cover over half of the WSA, with the remaining cover consisting of sagebrush and blackbrush. The canyon itself features unique geologic features including black, pre-Cambrian rock, the oldest exposed rock in Utah, which forms Westwater’s inner canyon.

Local land management is facing increased impacts from river camping encroaching into the Westwater Canyon WSA. This travel results in damage to local ecologies, as well as significant disturbance to the wilderness quality and characteristics.

The Work

Work scope TBD. 6-8 spaces are available. *Reserved for return volunteers*

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

  • install naturalized barriers to impacted lands;
  • vertical mulching and track/tread raking;
  • manual reclamation (with hand tools) of visually disturbed surface

Our Objective: To remediate the existing impacts of non-permitted camping and prevent subsequent impacts to the Westwater Canyon WSA.

A comprehensive itinerary will be provided to registered volunteers. 

  • Friday, Sept 16th: Camp near put-in (optional)
  • Saturday, Sept 17th: Day 1. Meet at put-in & float to Sunday worksite.
  • Sunday, Sept 18th: Day 2. Workday and take out.

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.

*River experience is preferred. All applicants will be interviewed prior to being assigned a place on this project.

Camping & Meals

Volunteers will camp at an assigned river campground during the project. Specific location will be indicated in the Welcome Letter provided to registered volunteers.

A meal schedule is TBD.

*Please Note: We are required to carry out all [human & other] waste for this project. Appropriate facilities 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.



September 17, 2022
September 18, 2022
Event Category:


Stewardship Program
(435) 259-9151
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