An abundance of recreational activities await visitors to the Richfield Field Office, including bird watching, camping, hiking, Off Highway Vehicle activities, horseback riding, whitewater boating or just driving for pleasure. The area contains some of the most spectacular landscapes and some of the most unusual and least explored recreation opportunities in the region. BLM recreational opportunities are generally dispersed and without constructed facilities. Visitors willing to take the time to explore and discover this region will not be disappointed.
McMillan Springs and Starr Springs campgrounds will be undergoing construction during the winter of 2015 through the spring of 2016. Construction activity will occur as weather permits. It's likely that work at Starr Springs will be completed in April of 2016 and work at McMillan Springs completed in June of 2016.
The campgrounds will remain open during construction. However, your visit during this time may be affected by the construction activity (heavy equipment, facilities temporarily unavailable, etc.)
With this in mind, if you choose to stay in the campground, the daily fee will not apply. If you do stay during this time, we encourage you to be mindful of the activity around you in an effort to keep everyone safe.
Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for your patience.
Motorized Travel Maps:
BLM manages travel and access on public lands by designating areas, routes and trails as open, closed, or limited to off-highway vehicle use. When designating areas, routes and trails, BLM balances the multiple uses of public lands with sustained yield, including access needs, the potential impacts of designation on resources, the protection of resources, and the safety of all public land users.
BLM must minimize, but not necessarily eliminate, the impacts to public land resources including cultural, wildlife and other resources when designating and managing public land transportation systems in compliance with 43 C.F.R. 8342.1. When managing travel on public lands, BLM does so to provide access, connectivity to communities and other adjacent lands, and to provide appropriate experiences guided by approved its planning documents.
Cultural resources are one of the factors considered in off-highway vehicle area and route designations. Before BLM-Richfield finalized its 2008 Resource Management Plan and Travel Management Plan, BLM-Richfield considered existing cultural resource information for the entire planning area, including a previous 1980 Richfield planning area Class I survey report and then-existing field survey data. BLM also completed new field surveys for the areas that it designated as open to off-highway vehicle use. The locations of the existing surveys are shown in the attached maps below.
BLM-Richfield has been actively implementing the 2008 travel plan since the Record of Decision was signed on October 31, 2008. BLM-Richfield is working with the Utah Conservation Corps, typically college students or recent graduates, to install more than 2,500 signs to mark designated routes. BLM-Richfield also rehabilitated and re-vegetated some of the closed roads and conducted new cultural resources field inventories, including inventories of some routes in Wayne and Garfield Counties. Under the travel plan, BLM regularly monitors designated routes and open areas to determine whether resources are being impacted by vehicle use.
In May 2015, in Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, et al. v. Burke, et al., the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah ordered BLM “to (1) apply the minimization criteria [in 43 C.F.R 8342.1] and issue a new [Record of Decision] and [National Environmental Policy Act] analysis, as necessary, and (2) perform the Class III inventories under [the National Historic Preservation Act] and make new findings regarding adverse effects for all open routes in the “limited area”: (a) within one year for any designated routes within the former Henry Mountains Field Station planning area; (b) within two years for any designated routes within the former Forest planning area and former Cedar-Beaver-Garfield-Antimony planning area; and (c) within three years for any designated routes within the former Mountain Valley and former Parker Mountain planning areas.”
BLM-Richfield is currently implementing the May 2015 district court order. BLM-Richfield’s interdisciplinary team has been meeting frequently over the last year and will continue to meet regularly over the next two years to document compliance with 43 C.F.R. 8342.1 for all routes designated in the 2008 Richfield Travel Management Plan. . BLM-Richfield is also performing new intensive pedestrian cultural resource surveys (Class III) of designated routes, among other things, to comply with the May 2015 district court order. The court did not vacate the existing travel plan, which remains in effect pending BLM’s implementation of the May 2015 order.
Cultural Resource Survey Maps:
Implementation of the May 2015 district court order has affected and is expected to continue to affect BLM’s ability to respond to new permit applications and to make land-use decisions. BLM appreciates the public’s patience during this period of intense focus on travel planning. For more information on how the district court’s order might affect your application, or any questions about routes or recreation in the Richfield Field Office or Henry Mountains Field Station please contact us.
Richfield Field Office
150 East 900 North
Richfield, Ut 84701
Fax (435) 896-1550
Henry Mountains Field Station
380 South 100 West
Hanksville, Utah 84734