• From Alstrom Point you can see Gunsight Butte, Padre Bay, and Navajo Mountain

    Glen Canyon

    National Recreation Area AZ,UT

Trash Tracker

Thanks for a great 2014 season! The calendar for 2015 will be up in mid-December.

In the meantime, can I get your opinion? What do you think of the efficacy of the Doctor's Note? Has it been helping people understand whether or not they are physically fit enough to perform Trash Tracker duties or are people just getting around it somehow? I'm thinking of eliminating the note - let me know your opinion at the official Trash Tracker email. I greatly appreciate your opinion.

The Trash Tracker program is a co-operative effort between the National Park Service (NPS) and Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas (ARAMARK) to clean up the 1,960 miles of Lake Powell's shoreline.

Participants in the program are members of the NPS Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP) Program and spend 5 or 7 days aboard a houseboat that has been donated by ARAMARK. Volunteers for the Trash Tracker program clean up trash along the shoreline. The Trash Tracker's destination changes on each trip. Applications for this season will not be accepted until February 1, 2015.

The "Trash Tracker" houseboat with the "Eliminator" barge and small runabout.


Beginning in 2011, a doctor's note will be required for all volunteers to join a Trash Tracker trip. You do not need to get a full physical examination, you just need a medical professional to vouch that you are physically able to do the job. Here is the form, please return it with your application. Applications without this note will not be accepted.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in good physical condition
  • Be willing to work 8 hours a day

Crew members bring their enthusiasm and gear. They also bring their own breakfast and lunch food and provide one dinner for all crew members one night of the trip. If you plan on applying, please read the "Equipment List" page. Participants receive a Trash Tracker t-shirt, a magnificent experience on Lake Powell and the personal satisfaction of taking care of the park.


The Trash Tracker is used in conjunction with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's Water Quality Program to keep Lake Powell pure. In past years, canyons and beaches have closed due to excessive human waste, but now Lake Powell can be considered one of the cleanest lakes on the country.

Trips are limited to 4 volunteers and are booked on a first come first come served basis. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. This is a very popular program and trips fill quickly. The more flexible you are, the more likely it is that we will be able to place you. Please refer to the trip calendar at the bottom of the page for exact dates.

Also, in order to be booked with your friends, please indicate the names of others in your group on the application form. If this is not done, you will not be scheduled on the same trip. If you have the same physical address, you may put both names on one application form. Otherwise, you must fill out a separate application form.

In the interest of fairness to all applicants, here is how the application proccess will happen. No applications will be accepted before 7:00 am MST on February 1, 2014. All faxes, emails, and phone calls come with a time stamp, and will be processed in the order they are recieved. If an application comes in before 7:00 am, it will be put on the bottom of the pile of applications. Once your application request is recieved, your paper application needs to be mailed or faxed in within a week.

Questions and/or reservations may be directed to 928-608-6350, or Trash Tracker Reservations.

To apply: please fill out all forms provided and mail to the address below or email to the address above or fax to 928-608-6259.

Glen Canyon NRA Attn-Trash Tracker
PO Box 1507
Page AZ 86040


Use this Calendar to help decide your choices for the 2014 season. Trips are subject to change and/or cancellation.

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