Trash Tracker

All Trash Tracker trips are on hold until further notice for the safety of our employees, volunteers, and visitors due to COVID-19


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The Original Volunteer Vacation

Since 1989, the Trash Tracker program has been 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. The 2021 season is suspended until further notice.

White houseboat labeled Trash Tracker beached during sunset.
The "Trash Tracker" houseboat.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Be in good physical condition
  • Be willing to work 8 hours a day

Work will be performed under the direct supervision of the Trash Tracker pilot or his/her designated representative. Project work will be performed during daylight hours, in an outdoor setting, and volunteers should expect to be exposed to rugged, rocky terrain and extreme weather conditions. Work will involve picking up, transporting, and unloading trash, debris, and waste collected from the Lake Powell shoreline.

The Trash Tracker Program is a high visibility project and those associated with the program must present a professional image at all times. Volunteers will, in the course of their work, have a great opportunity to enhance the experience of numerous visitors here at Lake Powell.


All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and willing to perform basic clean-up functions. Volunteers must be in good health and able to do bending, lifting, and walking for extended periods in temperatures reaching the 100's during the summer months. Due to close living conditions aboard the houseboat, volunteer must be adaptable, flexible, and respectful of others.


Although the assigned location may be near developed park areas, volunteers should be prepared to have only basic amenities available for the entire trip. The park and Lake Powell Resorts will provide certain items. All volunteers must provide food and other personal items not on this list. The Trash Tracker Pilot, according to the work schedule, will coordinate leisure time.

Time Commitment

Volunteers will be asked to commit to working a minimum of 6-7 hours per day removing trash, debris and waste from the shoreline of Lake Powell.

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.


Apply for a Trip

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. If you are also applying for the GRIT program, please send a separate application. Both Trash Tracker and GRIT trips will be filled at the same time to prevent overlap.

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.

The Trash Tracker 2021 season is suspended until further notice. We will not book any trips until Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's volunteer program resumes. We do not have an estimated date that this will happen.

Questions and/or reservations may be directed to 928-608-6350, or Trash Tracker Reservations. If this link does not work, please send your email to glca_trackergrit (at) nps . gov with the subject "Trash Tracker Reservations"

Last updated: January 15, 2021

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PO Box 1507
Page , AZ 86040


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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