San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council


The Bureau of Land Management will hold a field tour and an in-person/virtual public meeting of the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area Advisory Council March 6-7, 2024 at the Castle Valley Special Service District Building.  

The field tour and public meeting are part of the council's ongoing effort to engage the public in the management of the Recreation Area. The Council encourages everyone to attend the event and to participate in the discussion of the Swell.

The field tour will begin on March 6 at 9:30 a.m. and will visit various points within the San Rafael Recreation area. The tour will depart from the Castle Valley Special Service District Building, 20 South 100 East  Castle Dale, Utah. To join us on the field trip, the public will be required to provide their own transportation and food. Please ensure your vehicle has high clearance, as some roads will require it. This is a remote field trip, with no access to services such as fuel or food along the way, so please come prepared.

The public meeting will begin on March 7 at 8:30 a.m. A half-hour comment period, during which the public may address the Council, will take place at 11:30 a.m. To register for the virtual public meeting, please visit:

The Federal Register notice announcing the meeting was published on Aug. 02, 2023 and can be read here:

Council Information

The San Rafael Swell Recreation Area (Recreation Area) Advisory Council (Council) was outlined in the John Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act which became law on March 12, 2019. The Recreation Area Advisory Council will advise the BLM on the preparation and implementation of the management plan for the San Rafael Swell Recreation Area.

Recreation Area Council members include: 

  1. A representative of the Emery County Commission;
  2. A representative of motorized recreational users;
  3. A representative of non-motorized recreational users;
  4. A representative of grazing allotment permittees within the Recreation Area or wilderness areas designated;
  5. A representative of conservation organizations;
  6. A representative with expertise in the historical uses of the Recreation Area; and
  7. An elected leader of a federally recognized tribe that has significant cultural or historic connections to, and expertise in, the landscape, archeological sites, or cultural sites within the County.

The designated federal official is the BLM's Acting Green River District Manager Elijah Waters.