Mark your calendar for SUWA’s 2011 membership gathering at Hidden Splendor, September 23-25.

Hikers explore Mud Canyon during the 2010 SUWA Roundup

Held in the heart of the San Rafael Swell, the SUWA Roundup offers our members and SUWA staff the opportunity to meet one another and to enjoy the beautiful Indian summer of redrock country with fellow desert rats from Utah and other states. Activities include a discussion of Utah wilderness issues with SUWA staff and board members, a potluck dinner, evening music around the campfire, and—best of all—guided day-hikes in our Muddy Creek proposed wilderness area. Sunday morning you’ll awake to freshly brewed coffee followed by a deluxe continental breakfast prepared by the SUWA staff in thanks for all your support and dedication.

If you plan to attend this year’s Roundup, here’s what you should bring: a potluck dish serving five people for Saturday evening (if you plan to eat with the group), your own food for Friday evening and Saturday breakfast and lunch, camping gear, plenty of drinking water (none is available on site), utensils, folding chairs, and, if you have them, lanterns and tables to share with the crowd. Feel free to bring your own musical instruments and favorite libations, too. For more information or to RSVP, contact Deeda Seed at (801) 428-3971 or

Driving instructions to Hidden Splendor:
From I-70, take Highway 24 about 25 miles south to the Goblin Valley exit. Turn west and follow the paved road past a spur road that goes south to Goblin Valley. Continue west on the main road for 9.4 miles to a signed junction to I-70 and turn left. In 2.7 miles turn left again at the sign for Reds Canyon and McKay Flat. In 0.8 miles turn left at the McKay Flat sign. Follow the main road for 9 miles to the signed Hidden Splendor road. Proceed down this road for 9.8 miles to the old airstrip (our camp spot) above Muddy Creek.