Bryce Canyon National Park was first designated a National Monument in 1923 and later redesignated as a National Park by Congress in 1928. Encompassing over 35,000 acres of southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon boasts the highest concentration of hoodoos (towering irregular rock pillars) on the planet. Other spectacular geological features including red, orange and white natural bridges, rock windows, and narrow fins that can be found along a series of beautiful natural rock amphitheaters. Bryce Canyon is also known for its Bristlecone Pines (one of the oldest living organisms on the planet); they can be found along the higher edges of the Park's points and amphitheaters.
Our project is part of an ongoing effort by the Park to restore forest health and improve natural habitat that has been impacted by 90 years of fire suppression. The suppression of natural fires over this period resulted in stands of dense and unhealthy forest, changing the natural composition of the forest and leading to heavy fuel loads that pose a further threat. On this project volunteers will assist the Park's forest health improvement by stacking thinned trees (thinned by previous groups) into small piles to be burned by Park staff at a later date.
We will car-camp at a designated campground in the Park and drive/hike short distances to work each day on the Bristlecone Trail.
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 strenuous project.
Join us in the beautiful hoodoos of southwestern Utah and give something back in Bryce Canyon National Park!
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.
Sep 19th - Sep 25th 2021
Forest and habitat restoration, sawing, moving and stacking downed trees.
Explore the rock formations of Bryce Canyon, hiking, photography, relaxing.
Car camping in designated Park campground with water & toilets.
Strenuous : Lopping, sawing and dragging trees, bending, kneeling, lifting.