In The Desert
Black Rock Cleanup
December 5th. 2015
St. George, Arizona Strip
Cleaning up in the desert.
December 05, 2015 Forty enthusiastic volunteers, young and not so young, and their 28 vehicles gathered at the Black Rock Bridge exit 27, Arizona, on Saturday, December 5th. The objective of the day was to clean up litter in the region north of I-15 to the Virgin River in Utah and also the parking area south of the interstate.
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The project was a joint effort of the St. George Jeepers Group and the Desert Roads and Trails Society(DesertRATS). Also participating were members of the Utah Public Lands Alliance (UPLA). The BLM cooperated by furnishing a 12 cubic yard dumpster and 100 heavy duty trash bags. Without their contribution this project would not have been feasible.
At 9 AM the team broke into 4 subgroups. Gus Peterson led a group north of the Utah/Arizona state line and covered a large area in Utah. They finished that section and then helped on the Arizona side. Joan and Phil Hayes led a group that cleaned part of the acreage in Arizona and Tom Foster led another group that worked on the remaining part of the area. Bud Sanders led a group that concentrated on cleaning a heavily used party area south of the state line in Arizona. Dave Viets volunteered the use of his Jeep and utility trailer and ferried many loads of litter to the dumpster, seen above.
After concluding the cleanup several of the group took a short 6 mile trail ride to the elephant arch and the Virgin River Gorge overlook, seen here.
If you like to spend time photographing nature and landscapes like we do, then you'll understand why events like this are so important. It's unfortunate that there are so many inconsiderate people roaming the desert and trashing it, but there are also some nice off roaders that are willing to spend some time cleaning up the desert areas. Kudos to any of the groups out there that help keep the desert clean.
Trips into this area include:
Many thanks go out to a great group of off roaders for helping to keep the views in the desert pristine and enjoyable for all of us.