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Canyonlands spring backpacking trip

We returned from our trip, Canyonlands spring backpacking trip, on Monday, April 20 2015.

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. 

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Friday, April 17 2015 1:00 AM to Monday, April 20 2015 3:30 PM
Required Pre-trip Meeting date and time: 
Sun, Apr 12 2015 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Pre-trip Meeting Info: 
meet in Mr. Tomlin's science classroom at Manhattan Midddle School
Trip Description: 

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!

Main Activities: 
Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
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):