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San Rafael Swell, Sids Mountain Wilderness Study Area, Price BLM, UT (Apr 19th - Apr 25th 2015)

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The San Rafael Swell, 2,000 square miles of public land, is known for its scenic sandstone formations, deep canyons, desert streams, and expansive panoramas. Characterized by a dramatic dome of sandstone, the entire area has been lifted and turned upright, leaving on its eastern edge a 45 degree angled "reef" cut by erosive forces for over 50 miles. Standing a quarter mile high in places, the reef casts a rugged ridgeline profile of jagged fins, hoodoos, narrow slot canyons and natural bridges, hiding over 750,000 acres of wilderness quality lands behind its great face. The San Rafael's landscape is an encyclopedia of earth history, displaying diverse exposed rock formations and erosional forms. Subsequently, much of the area is proposed for formal wilderness designation by citizen groups in Utah and by people across the country who've had the pleasure of spending a little time exploring its secrets.

Seven Wilderness Study Areas are located in the San Rafael Area. We'll work in the Sids Mountain WSA in a scattered pinyon-juniper pine woodland incised by deep canyons of slickrock. The San Rafael River flows along the northern edge of the WSA through Utah's "Little Grand Canyon."

Our service project is tamarisk removal from riparian areas around Sids Mountain. We'll set up a basecamp near the work areas, and hike short distances to the project each day.

Photos courtesy of Ray Bloxham and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Dates

Apr 19th - Apr 25th 2015

Service Project

Tamarisk removal from riparian areas in beautiful backcountry canyons.

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Free Days

Slot canyon hiking, photography

Accommodations

Tent camping near cars

Project Difficulty

Active : Cutting, lifting, bending digging

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