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Great Western Trail, Dixie National Forest, UT (May 23rd - May 29th 2021)

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The Dixie National Forest was established as a Forest Reserve in 1905 and officially became a National Forest in 1907. It is comprised of almost 2 million acres of scenic southern Utah and is adjacent to 3 national parks and 2 national monuments. Elevations vary from 2,800 feet near St. George, Utah to 11,322 feet at Blue Bell Knoll on Boulder Mountain. (From the top of Powell Point, it is possible to see for miles into three different states!) The Great Western Trail traverses the Escalante Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest for 82 miles, from Boulder Mountain on the east to the southwest boundary of the district near Bryce Canyon National Park. It lies within the Aquarius Plateau, one of three high elevation plateaus on the Colorado Plateau, and the highest elevation plateau in North America. The Dixie National Forest protects red sandstone formations, many-colored cliffs ang gorges, fragrant pine, spruce, fir and aspen forests, clear cold waters in trout bearing lakes and streams, and is rich in historical lore.

Our service project is to reroute a section of the Great Western Trail on the Aquarius Plateau. This project entails trail work, brushing, tread work, and clearing a trail corridor. We'll spend the week dispersed camped and will drive 3-miles to the TH every day. Volunteers should be ready to hike up to ~2 miles each day.

We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan an extra couple days in the area before the trip to acclimate to the elevation for your own safety. Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling from low elevation to high elevation and getting acclimatized before the trip is one of the easiest ways to prevent it. If you need ideas on things to do/see before the trip contact your leaders.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.

Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This project is rated as a active project.

Join us this September and help give back in Utah's scenic Dixie National Forest!


May 23rd - May 29th 2021

Service Project

Trailwork, removing downed trees, installing waterbars, tread work. ~2-mile hike each day RT

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Free Days

Hiking, exploring, photography, wildlife viewing


Car and tent camping in a dispersed campground

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, kneeling, lifting, lopping, digging, hiking. Elevation 9,000'


Christopher Riccardo
Bill Goolsby

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