Sierra Ancha Wilderness
Unitarian Universalist Religious Association
General Use Policy
Last Amended 3-9-2005
the purpose of SAWUURA is to provide a religious, educational, and
spiritual center for members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist
--- Sawuura Mission Statement
Purpose of this policy: To
achieve an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and safety for all visitors
of the SAWUURA property. To allow for a variety of activities and uses
of the property while protecting the basic character of the land as a
religious wilderness retreat. To enhance each person’s enjoyment of,
and relationship with the land.
Property Location: The SAWUURA
property is located at the end of Forest Road 238 approximately 7 miles
south of Young Arizona.
Facilities: SAWUURA is a
primitive retreat with its own water, but no electricity or telephone.
Water is available from a well and is gravity-fed to faucets along the
course of the main road, at three of the four cabins, near campsites
and at the kitchen area. There are solar-heated showers and pit
toilets. There is a central bulletin board on the main road near the
kitchen, with maps of the area and current news. The open air kitchen
consists of a propane stove, two double sinks and counter tops. There
are picnic tables in two covered ramadas and one fire pit.
Who may visit the property
The SAWUURA property may be used by SAWUURA members and their guests
and registrants for SAWUURA sponsored events.
Members may camp on the property by notifying a board member prior to
the trip and completing and mailing (or delivering) a signed liability
waiver to the SAWUURA secretary. Each stay is limited to a maximum of
14 days per individual.
Non-members may use the facility only if accompanied by a member.
A Board member must notify one other Board member of their intention to
visit the property beforehand when practical, or within one week after
leaving the property. SAWUURA is private property and trespassing is
Cattle Ranchers: Owners or handlers of cattle that stray into
the property are allowed on the property for the purpose of expediently
removing the cattle. A designated SAWUURA contact person must be
notified prior to entering the property, when practical. The contact
person’s phone number will be made available to cattle owners in the
No dogs or other pets are allowed except for working personal service
Entering and leaving the
sponsored events, all visitors are to check in with the “host” on
arrival. An orientation should be conducted by the event host. The
orientation should include an overview of the items from this document
(to serve as a master document), check-out procedures, and any other
The main gate to the property is protected by a padlock. The gate can
remain open during visits—the cattle guard will keep cattle out. The
last individual/party to leave should close and lock the gate.
Adults: A signed
liability waiver is
required for each event/visit to the SAWUURA property, listing all
adults and children. Liability waivers can be obtained from the forms
area at http://www.sawuura.org.
be mailed to the Board secretary before visiting the property. Waivers
will also be kept in the kiosk at SAWUURA. Drop in visits are
discouraged, but in such a case, the waiver must be signed on arriving
and mailed as soon as possible to the secretary. The duration of stay
must be indicated on the waiver.
Children: Adults must list (by
name and age) anyone under 18 years of age attending with them. A child
visiting SAWUURA without a parent or legal guardian must also have a
Liability Waiver signed by the parent or legal guardian, in
addition to being listed on the waiver of the adult(s) who are
SAWUURA with him/her.
Care of the facility
Vehicles should not be parked more than one car-length off of the main
road. Travel at 15mph or less. Keep tires in the main ruts of the road,
and off the center hump where the waterline is buried.
The recreational use of bicycles is prohibited at SAWUURA sponsored
events, and at all other times, bicycles are to be used only on the
main road. All motorized recreational vehicles are prohibited. Loud
vehicles are discouraged at any time out of respect for other people
and wildlife. Tent camping is encouraged at SAWUURA,
however the use of small camping
is possible. The road into SAWUURA is narrow and rough in places
can become muddy after periods of rain with very limited opportunities
reversing until well inside the SAWUURA property. Therefore, it
recommended that you attempt to bring any trailer into the site that is
16 feet in length.
The water supply from the well is limited. Conservation of water is
very important. Visitors should always bring emergency drinking water.
Natural resources: Potential
impact to the natural resources, habitat and wildlife of SAWUURA should
be taken into consideration in all choices of land use and human
activities. Human use of the property should be concentrated in
established campsites and common areas. A map showing established
campsites is stored in the kiosk.
There are containers of lime powder in the pit toilets --sprinkle a
after each defecation, and warn children not to touch it.
Dispose of trash in designated receptacles – never in the firepit or
toilets. Bagged trash should be taken out of SAWUURA at the end of each
Kitchen and Cabins: See “Fire
Safety” and “Dangers from Animals”.
Please leave all facilities as you find them, and follow the check-out
procedures in the Orientation.
The area around SAWUURA has been inhabited by people for thousands of
years. To show our respect for native people, artifacts should be
enjoyed in place and not moved.
Trees and other Plants
Only dead limbs can be removed from trees for campfires. Use caution in
cutting limbs. Brush may be collected. (See also "Camp fires").
To allow for natural regeneration of the plants at SAWUURA, do not pick
flowers or collect seeds.
As part of an ongoing Ladder Fuel Reduction program, live trees and
underbrush may be removed under the supervision of the board or camp
Hiking off of the property:
The entire property is fenced with barbed wire, and it is important not
to stray outside alone. If you decide to hike outside the property, or
leave the property for a day trip, tell the camp host where you are
going and when you expect to return.
Hunting, weapons, illegal drugs: Hunting,
weapons and illegal drugs are not permitted on the property.
There are many wild
animals to observe at SAWUURA. While it is tempting
to “get close” to wild animals, any contact with humans may alter their
behavior. Please follow this rule of thumb: If you are changing the
animals behavior, you are too close. Because of hanta
virus danger, persons staying in any of the cabins
should follow Public Health guidelines for cleaning and use. SAWUURA,
as an all volunteer organization, does not and cannot maintain the
sanitary condition of the cabins.
Spiders, insects, and snakes, and even bears are residents here, so be
watchful when hiking and climbing. It is very important to keep all
food and scented items such as toothpaste and candy out of tents and
cabins. Food should be stored in vehicles or hard-walled campers at
night to discourage foraging by mice and large animals.
For the unexpected emergency, medical services may be available from
the clinic in Young. SAWUURA is out of cell phone range, but 9-1-1 can
be dialed from Young, or with a cell phone from the intersection of
S.R. 288 and the forest service road (238) into SAWUURA. It is expected
that visitors will bring their own first aid supplies.
A large bell that hangs in a walnut tree near the main campfire area is
to be used for emergency gathering ONLY. Three short blasts from a car
horn can also be used to gather people in case of emergency.
*Note: A small dinner triangle located near the kitchen may be used to
call people to meals or programs, but is not for emergencies.
To prevent a
ruinous forest fire the SAWUURA Board adopted a Fire Prevention Plan.
This document is consistent with the adopted Fire Prevention Plan.
are permitted in camp sites in an area that is clear from overhanging
material. Stoves should be place on concrete pads near the campsites
(when available) or a secure, non-flammable surface, off of the ground,
with a fire extinguisher nearby.
Cooking stoves will be allowed in the 2 screened summer cabins provided
they are away from flammables, and must be off of the floor, with a
fire extinguisher nearby.
Lanterns: To reduce the
risk of forest fires, battery powered lanterns are
encouraged. If using a gas powered lantern, do not hang it near the
trunk of a tree or under any foliage.
Candles: are permitted on
tables in the kitchen area. If a worship service will include lighting
candles, the service should be held at the main fire pit.
Fires: No fire is allowed in
the A-frame winter cabin.
Fire is permitted in the wood-burning stove in the stone cabin by
persons who have read the Stone Cabin Use Guidelines. A cook stove is
allowed outside of the stone cabin on a solid, non-flammable surface
with a fire extinguisher available.
Built in stoves in motorhomes, campers or tent trailers that are parked
in cleared areas are permitted.
The kitchen stove should be turned off at the main valve when not in
Camp fires: Camp fires are only
permitted in the fire pit near the
kitchen. Fires or stoves should never be left unattended. Camp fires
should be put DEAD OUT with water (not dirt alone) by the last person
at the fire. A full 5-gallon water bucket and shovel need to be within
25 ft. of a burning fire at all times. (See "Gathering firewood").
We will honor Forest Service fire restrictions when they occur.
Smoking: Smoking is permitted
near the fire pit, in the road and in vehicles
ONLY. Please crush all cigarette butts and dispose of them in a trash
receptacle or ashtray.
In cases where
conflict arises at a SAWUURA Sponsored event, the
designated HOST and any present board members should collectively
decide on a course of action to resolve the conflict. Members or guests
who refuse to abide by the rules of this policy may be denied access to
the property. The camp host is authorized to ask the person(s) who will
not comply to the rules to leave the property.