Graffiti Removal and Intervention Team

GRIT Update 2018

We hired a new GRIT program coordinator in June! Volunteers, alongside park archeologists, have been working hard all summer to get the program back up and running. We plan to have the 2019 GRIT trip schedule posted early next year and start signing up volunteers soon thereafter. Please check back to this webpage for official updates, and follow us on Facebook.

 
Houseboat "True GRIT" beached in front of a cliff. Five people pose on the top deck.
Take a houseboat vacation on Lake Powell and make a difference at the same time! Volunteer for the Graffiti Removal & Intervention Team.
 

Trips on True GRIT

In 2003 Bob and Vicki Schwartz, and Bill and Carol Williams, donated a 55-foot Skipperliner houseboat to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to support graffiti removal. The True GRIT made her maiden voyage in 2004 and still serves today as a floating operations base for volunteers attacking the widespread graffiti problem at Lake Powell.

Volunteers on True GRIT houseboat trips enjoy five days and four nights living aboard the True GRIT tackling graffiti and enjoying the spectacular scenery of Lake Powell. The boat is free, fuel is free, and an experienced member of the Glen Canyon team pilots the boat and takes care of its operation. All volunteers need to do is provide their own food and comfort items and help clean up the lake!

Trips leave from one of the marinas near Page, Arizona. Trip sizes vary depending on group make-up. The True GRIT has four beds and can sleep up to eight people onboard. Tent-style camping is available for larger groups.

Trips are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Email to find out about special trips for youth groups, veterans, differently abled people, and senior citizens.

 
Five men sit on sandstone around a carved-in graffiti reading Amanda Will You Marry Me. They have the tools to remove the inscription.
Is it really romantic to deface the place where you and your love come to enjoy nature’s beauty? Graffiti is ugly! Protect the beauty and romance of Glen Canyon, don’t mark it up.

Graffiti…

  • is a widespread problem in Glen Canyon.
  • destroys natural, cultural, and historic resources.
  • is carving into rocks.
  • is painting on walls.
  • is ugly.
  • is illegal.
 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Graffiti is removed using water, tools, brushes, and a WHOLE lot of elbow grease. Please keep in mind that it is essential for GRIT volunteers to be in good physical condition and health, since duties involve walking over rough or slick terrain, lifting, and being out in the sun for prolonged periods of time.
  • Volunteers must be able to work outdoors for at least six hours a day. The National Park Service trip leader will coordinate leisure time according to work schedule.
  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or state approved trip leader (e.g., teacher, scout leader).
  • Volunteers must be prepared for austere living conditions with only basic amenities. Volunteers must provide their own camping, hygiene, and comfort items. Volunteers will coordinate and cooperate on shared meals and groceries. For a full list of recommended supplies, see the equipment list in the volunteer paperwork area.

Trip Rules

Remember you are representing the National Park Service during your trip. Please conduct yourself with that in mind.

  • No pets.
  • No smoking onboard vessels.
  • No cliff jumping on off-duty time.
  • No collecting natural of archeological resources from the park.
  • Unruly, disorderly, disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
 
Two men in a deep narrow canyon. One points upward with a leather gloved hand.
Prevent the spread of ugly graffiti. Help restore the beauty of the cliffs on the shores of Lake Powell. Join the Graffiti Removal and Intervention Team.

NPS Photo/Bob Moffitt

Last updated: October 18, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040

Phone:

(928) 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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