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For outings led by Ozark Society trip leaders, please remember you are responsible for carrying all of your own gear and rental arrangements; all participants may be asked to help carry community gear.

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Hiking Trip to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Utah - Sep. 23-Oct. 1st

We will hike for four days in and near Arches National Park and for four days in Canyonlands NP Needles District.  Both offer spectacular scenery—Arches with the greatest collection of arches in the southwest and Canyonlands with its sandstone spires, canyons, and mountain vistas.  We will also hike in Horseshoe Canyon, a detached part of Canyonlands noted for the “Great Gallery”—a 150-foot long panel of  “barrier-period” pictographs, possibly dating to as early as 2000 B.C. and arguably the most significant example of rock art in the U.S.  Led hikes in the Arches NP area will be of a moderate to difficult rating but in Canyonlands, all hikes will be difficult due to length (8 to 14 miles).  However, you can choose your own level of difficulty by taking hikes on your own and suggestions will be offered as to the choices you will have.

In the Arches area we have a group site at the Goose Island BLM campground.  It’s on the Colorado River near the entrance to Arches NP and it’s 3 miles north of Moab, UT.  At Canyonlands, we have reservations at the Squaw Flats group site within the park.  Both group sites are for tents only, i.e. no tent trailers or RV’s.  Only 10 cars are allowed on the group sites so we will have to find an overflow area for extra cars. At Goose Island individual RV sites are available first-come, first served and at Canyonlands RV sites can be reserved but as of now, there are no sites available.  There are many other campgrounds and motels in the Moab area but in Canyonlands, 80 miles south of Moab, the nearest motels are in Monticello, UT, 40 miles away.  There are a few campgrounds outside of  Canyonlands and some RV sites might be available.

The cost for the trip will be $75.00 per person for campers and $20 per person for those joining us for hiking but making other arrangements for accommodations.  Meals will be on your own and you will be responsible for all other fees including National Park entrance fees.

There will be a limit of 30 people for the group campgrounds and a total for the trip of approximately 40 people.   You must be an Ozark Society member to participate.  The initial signup period will be from now until May 15 and during this period preference will be given to those whose membership began in 2016 or before.  After May 15 it will be first-come, first-served, and if you are not a member, you may enroll when you signup for the trip.   We will need at least 20 campers signed up for the trip to happen.

To signup if you have been an Ozark Society member since 2016 or before, send an e-mail to and tell me the number and names of the people in your party and whether you will be camping or seeking other accommodations.  If you are not a member or became a member in 2017, send an e-mail on or after May 15, 2017 with the same information as of above.  If you are accepted for the trip and if at least 20 people signup for camping, I will ask the successful enrollees to send me a check for the cost of the trip.

Please call me at 479-466-3077 or send an e-mail if you have questions.  You can find information about Arches NP at  and about the Needles District of Canyonlands at


Buffalo River Trail Fall Work Week and Celebration October 21-27

Buffalo River Trail – Fall Work Week and Celebration

The fall work session for the Buffalo River trail will run from October 21-27 (Saturday through Friday).  Sites #22-26 in Tyler Bend’s main campground are reserved for us 10-19 through 10-29.

Ken’s Krew will be camped there and working during the week.  Those interested in helping who can’t be there during the week can join us the morning of the 21st and/or all day the 22nd.  The work will consist of clearing the summer growth from areas between Grinders Ferry and Red Bluff Road.  Be at our “headquarters” before 8:30 AM – the big white tent in site #25.  Bring your drinking water, gloves, and snacks.  Please let me know in advance if you can join us so I can be better prepared.

The afternoon (and evening?) of the 21st there will be a trail completion celebration at the Tyler Bend pavilion. Anyone that had a hand in building the trail over the last 15+ years is welcome, as well as those that didn’t but want to meet those that did.  Plan on bringing your own food & beverages. If you want to spend a night or the whole weekend, sites 22-26 are reserved for us.

Help spread the word of our celebration.  There are many, many people who have contributed that aren’t on the email list I “inherited” from Ken Smith.

I may not be able to respond to emails for a couple weeks.

Michael Reed