Canyonlands 2019

We returned from our trip, Canyonlands 2019, on Monday, April 15 2019.
Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Friday, April 12 2019 7:00 AM to Monday, April 15 2019 10:00 PM
Required Pre-trip Meeting date and time: 
Tue, Apr 09 2019 4:00 PM
Pre-trip Meeting Info: 
Casey Middle School; 2+ hour after-school meeting for orientation and outfitting; in classroom at Casey Middle School
Trip Description: 

As you pass through the iconic landscape on the approach to the Needles District, you’ll feel like you’re on a western movie set because you are on a western movie set.  Dozens of films have been made here. You may decide to introduce the kids to U2’s The Joshua Tree because the music fits this place perfectly. And you’ll dream beneath the desert sky under a million stars - Canyonlands has some of the darkest night sky in the lower 48.  

The Canyonlands trip is back for 2019. We’ll drive out to Utah on Friday, pass through Moab and continue on to Canyonlands where we’ll car camp for the night.  On Saturday, we’ll split into two smaller backpacking groups. We’ll backpack for 2.5 days, 2 nights visiting spectacular places like Chesler Park and the Joint Trail. These trails are fun, scenic, and purpose-built for hiking. There are some challenging sections and hills, medical help is a long ways off, and you’ll need to focus on water and staying hydrated. On Monday morning we hike out, regroup for a picnic lunch, and start the drive back to Boulder.  

This trip takes place over a mini-spring break of BVSD parent-teacher conferences.  April is usually one of the best times to visit Canyonlands, and this year should be great given the ample snowpack to feed the springs of Canyonlands and the lush vegetation of Chesler Park.  This is a rippin' great trip for our art & journaling, and photography academies. The Sierra Club @Casey meetings will talk about the geology of this area in preparation for this trip.

Due to permit restrictions and the special nature of this incredible place, the group size for this trip is strictly limited to 10 youth and 4 adults.  Two of the adult spots are reserved for certified leaders. Please sign up to volunteer today if you are interested and committed to joining us. 

There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting for youth particpiants and volunteers on the Tuesday afternoon before the trip.  This trip sometimes has more interested people than spaces available.  Returning a signed permission slip and attending the meeting is the best way for youth to secure a spot on the trip.

Main Activities: 
Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
Age/ grade level(s): 
Middle (6-8)
Youth Permission Slip (to be filled out by parent/guardians and returned to the agency representative): 
Destination & Safety Info: 

Moab Canyonlands and Arches

Safety Information about where we go backpacking in Canyonlands or camping in Arches.

Hospital Name, Address and Phone: 
Moab Regional Hospital, 450 West Williams Way, Moab Utah, 84532; 435-719-3500
San Juan Hospital, 380 W 100 N, Monticello, UT, 84535 (limited service); 435-587-5054
County Name and Sherrif's Phone Number: 
San Juan County Utah (Needles area); 435-587-2237
Grand County Utah (Moab area); 435-259-8115
Sierra Club Outings Phone: 
Land Use Agency Name, Address and Phone: 

Canyonlands National Park, Needles Visitor Center; 435-259-4711

Arches National Park Headquarters, 435-719-2100

Canyonland National Park Reservations, 435-259-4351

State Patrol District and Phone : 
Colorado District 4 (I-70 Summit to Utah) 970.858.2250
Utah Highway Patrol (801) 887-3800
Emergency Services Number(s):