U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 01/11/12|
Camping permit system to begin this season at Ruby-Horsethief (01-11-12)
Beginning this year, permits will be required to camp on this stretch of river from May 1 to Sept. 30. Camping is only allowed in 35 designated sites, and a permit system will require boaters to reserve a campsite before they depart.
“We’ve had a tremendous growth in the use of this stretch of river in the past 10 years,” said Katie Stevens, Manager of the BLM’s McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, which manages this section of the Colorado River. “We worked closely with private boaters and outfitters over several years to develop this permit system – and to identify and improve an additional four new campsites that are available for the first time this year. This summer, we’ll complete three additional sites, for a total of 35 sites.”
For the 2012 season, the permits will be issued with no fee. Beginning in 2013, a fee based on group size will likely be charged for the camping permits.
Camping permits for Friday and Saturday nights will be issued by the Grand Junction Field Office by phone or in-person Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. The camping permits will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning the Monday 60 days before the weekend of use. Permits will be issued to a trip leader and an alternate trip leader.
“We may develop an on-line permit system for future seasons,” Stevens said. “For now, look to our website for key permitting information, such as a weekend permit availability calendar.”
Camping permits would be self-issued at the Loma boat launch for Sunday through Thursday overnight use.
A permit is also required for day-use and motorized-use of Ruby Horsethief. These permits will help BLM track use of the area. They are unlimited and free, and they will not be part of the fee system planned to begin in 2013.
More than 9,500 visitors registered at the Loma boat launch, and more than 20,000 nights of camping were recorded along the Ruby-Horsethief stretch in 2010.
Ruby-Horsethief Permit System FAQs
Why will permits be required for the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons?
Who needs a permit for Ruby-Horsethief?
Also, unlimited, free permits are required for day-use and motorized-use.
Is there a fee for the permits?
How do I get a permit?
You can obtain your weekend camping permit beginning the Monday 60 days before the weekend of use. Permits will be issued to a trip leader and an alternate trip leader.
Permits for camping Sunday through Thursday nights, day-use, and motorized-use will be self-issued at the Loma boat launch.
Can I get my permit on-line or through e-mail?
How do I get more information about the permits and camping areas?
Between May 1 and Sept. 30, a weekend permit availability calendar will be posted to the GJFO website each afternoon, Monday through Friday. Available weekday campsites will not be updated online.
Can I bring my dog?
How are camping permits allocated among private boaters and commercial rafting outfitters?
Why does the BLM allow commercial rafting outfitters to use this stretch of river?
In return for the privilege of operating on the public lands, commercial outfitters return 3 percent of their gross receipts to BLM. These fees are put back into management of the area.
Why didn’t BLM limit the number of people that could use the area at any one time?
Why isn’t day use or motorized use being limited as part of this project?
What if I want to combine a Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater trip?
Campsites are typically available for weekday trips through Ruby, and visitors will likely be able to obtain a campsite by signing in at Loma if launching on a weekday.
What if my planned trip includes both weekday and weekend camping?
What if I miss my assigned campsite?
What specific rules are in place for Ruby Horsethief?
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 01-11-2012|
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