Welcome to Hurricane
ACE Utah is literally seated at “The Gateway to Zion”. While its office is in St. George, ACE’s housing is based in the neighboring town of Hurricane. This quaint and picturesque town of 12,000 offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities as well as close proximity to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery – Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Cedar Break National Monument to name a few, and one of the world’s most famous destinations: Las Vegas.
While Hurricane will never be confused with a bustling, crowded city, its charm is visible by simply walking its quiet neighborhoods, having a friendly exchange with its citizens, or just taking in the relative slow-paced lifestyle. All the amenities you may need during your stay are within walking distance of the house. With the added adventures offered in the surrounding areas, Hurricane should be appreciated for what it is: A small town that is big on nature.
Weather and recreation
Set along the base of red sandstone cliffs, at an elevation of 3,330 feet (1,000m), Hurricane basks in over 260 days of sunshine a year and experiences very low humidity. For eight months of the year (October-May) Hurricane offers a perfect climate with mild to warm daytime temperatures (55-86F; 13-30C) and pleasant nights (32-55F ; 0-12C). This is a desert environment, however, so the summer months can be hot (100F; 38C) – but do not fret; higher elevations (and cooler temperatures) can be found within an hour’s drive. Nearby Cedar Mountain, home of Cedar Breaks National Monument, reaches elevations of 11,000 feet (3,350m) where snow can be a reality every month of the year!
With favorable year-round weather and some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery, Hurricane is quickly becoming a world famous destination for mountain biking. IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) has awarded the Hurricane Cliffs trail system one of its coveted “Epic Ride” designations, and many of the trails have been constructed or maintained by ACE. In addition to the world-class mountain biking, Hurricane also boasts beautiful hiking and camping opportunities at nearby Zion National Park (30 minutes away), Bryce Canyon National Park (2 hours away), Cedar Breaks National Monument (90 minutes away), the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park (3 hours away), and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area(15 minutes away).
Winters, while mild in the desert, play host to various snow sports at the higher elevations. Brian Head Ski Resort, which sits adjacent to Cedar Breaks National Monument, is home to some of the best powder in the West giving merit to Utah’s motto: “The Best Snow on Earth”
If it is not already apparent, ACE Utah encourages outdoor appreciation for there is a little something for everyone no matter their interests or tastes.
The ACE domitory style housing in Hurricane is located in what was originally built as a hotel in the early 1930’s. Since then the building has served as a youth hostel, a realty office, and business office. During off days it is easy to slip around the corner for a meal while doing laundry, or head down the street for a cup of coffee.
Mail and packages
All mail to Utah Corps Members should be sent to:
(Corps Members Name)
C/O American Conservation Experience
73 South Main Street
Hurricane, UT 84737
The stunning landscapes and abundance of public lands in southern Utah have made this locale a cornerstone of the ACE program. The organization’s relationship with this region began with a single crew working alongside the re-vegetation team at Zion National Park, in 2004. In the intervening nine years, ACE has developed local partnerships with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, Utah State Parks and various local non-profit organizations. In anticipation of continued success and growth in the Beehive State, March 2012 saw the opening of an ACE office in St. George, a city of approximately 72,000 people in the southwest corner of Utah.
Ideally located, within an hour’s drive of Zion National Park, Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, and Dixie National Forest, St George is the perfect starting point for an exploration of the Grand Staircase region. One can be at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in three hours from the city or at Bryce Canyon National Park in two and a half. With an annual average of over three-hundred days of sunshine, the region is well suited to outdoor pursuits. Mountain biking, hiking, climbing and skiing are all easily accessible within the landscape surrounding the city. For those individuals looking for a more urban experience, the glistening lights of Las Vegas are only two hours to the west, and Salt Lake City is five hours to the north.
ACE Utah Position Descriptions
For specific availability of our program options and their start dates please see the Apply page.
For general information on the Conservation Corps program click here.
For frequently asked questions about the program click here.
450 hour AmeriCorps Members
450 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 12 weeks in the great outdoors gaining valuable skills and growing both personally and professionally while serving on a variety of ACE projects. Corps Members will have the chance to experience a wide variety of projects during their service including: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, fence construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, fuels reduction, erosion control, wildlife or botanical surveys, and more. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel, camp, and work throughout the vast and beautiful American Southwest in locations such as Bryce Canyon, Manti-La-Sal National Forest, Dixie National Forest and Zion National Park and beyond. Participants will be surrounded by an enthusiastic ACE staff who is dedicated to the safety and development of our Corps Members. 450 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $1,515.55. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. This position is typically available year round in ACE’s Utah branch. See our application page for specific start dates. APPLY NOW.
900 hour AmeriCorps Members
900 hour AmeriCorps Members will spend 24 weeks in the great outdoors gaining valuable skills and growing both personally and professionally while serving on a variety of ACE projects. Corps Members will have the chance to experience a wide variety of projects during their service such as: trail construction and maintenance, invasive species removal, fence construction and maintenance, habitat restoration, fuels reduction, erosion control, wildlife or botanical surveys, and more. ACE will provide the opportunity to travel, camp, and work throughout the vast and beautiful American Southwest in locations such as Bryce Canyon, Manti-La-Sal National Forest, Dixie National Forest, Zion National Park and beyond. Participants will be surrounded by an enthusiastic ACE staff who is dedicated to the safety and development of our Corps Members. 900 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $2,865. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. This position is typically available year round in ACE’s Utah branch. See our application page for specific start dates. APPLY NOW.
900 hour Corps Member position including Chainsaw Training:
The ACE Chainsaw program is an exciting opportunity for 900 hour AmeriCorps members to spend six months (25 weeks) developing a valuable professional and technical skill. ACE Utah Sawyers will participate in a S-212 equivalent training course designed by ACE’s National Chainsaw Trainer and Coordinator, Afton McKusick. Preceded by a two day Wilderness First Aid course that provides members with basic medical training, ACE’s chainsaw training is a three day course designed to prepare ACE sawyers to safely execute saw projects of varying complexities. The course aims to train each sawyer to perform at the level of an A Feller and provide a foundation to grow as a professional sawyer. The course begins in the classroom where trainees will learn the importance of saw work pertaining to local and regional restoration and conservation efforts. Trainees will learn basic felling theory and technique, bucking and limbing technique, basic maintenance of professional grade chainsaws, and to care for one’s personal protective equipment. Training finishes with two days putting these theories and techniques to practice in the field. Corps Members who successfully complete Chainsaw training should expect to use their sawyer skills regularly on ACE restoration projects, among others. 900 hour AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their term of service will receive an Education Award of $2,865. Please see our Benefits page for additional information. Chainsaw trainings are only available at select times in the ACE UT season, please visit the application page for specific information on the availability of these opportunities. APPLY NOW.