Canyonlands spring backpacking trip
Utah- The day of the trip started off wet in Boulder while a snowstorm raged in the foothills, closing I-70 and threatening to block our path to Utah. Determined to find sunshine, we took the long route via Fairplay, Gunnison, Montrose, and little-known hamlets like Naturita, CO.
Boulder ICO will lead a spring backpacking trip in the heart of Utah's redrock country. This trip is challenging but scenic and rewarding. We will drive out to Utah on Friday, car camp for one night, and backpack in the Needles District for two nights. We will hike out Monday morning and drive home Monday afternoon. The backpacking distances are relatively short, but dut to the terrain, compressed schedule, and special regulations around sanitation and fires, this trip is considered moderately difficult for participants and volunteers. The trip takes place over a mini-spring break of BVSD parent-teacher conferences. April is generally a great time of year to visit Canyonlands, with warmer weather and longer daylight than during our traditional November trips.
Special note: We are looking for a small group of 4 or 5 experienced volunteers and 10 motivated youth. Due to permitting and other logistical requirements, the group size is strictly limited. The general plan is that the group of ~14 will be split into two backpacking groups of 7 each (2 adults, 5 youth). There may be a 5th adult who stays at the car campground.
Volunteers and youth participants are expected to attend the pre-trip meeting on the Sunday (4pm-6:30 pm; time negotiable) prior to the trip.
We've got the permits, so sign up today!
Safety Information about where we go backpacking in Canyonlands or camping in Arches.
Canyonlands National Park, Needles Visitor Center; 435-259-4711
Arches National Park Headquarters, 435-719-2100
Canyonland National Park Reservations, 435-259-4351