BLM welcomes input on proposed recreation site fee increases
CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on a proposal to set or increase fees at several campgrounds and recreation sites in Beaver and Iron counties in Utah. These fees will enhance the outdoor recreation experience for visitors to the Cedar City Field Office area. By supporting improved maintenance, operations and services at recreation sites, these fees align with Biden-Harris administration priorities to improve recreation access.
“The Cedar City Field Office has experienced a significant increase in recreation-site visitation since the original recreation fees were established,” said Cedar City Field Manager Paul Briggs. “The BLM establishes fees to keep pace with rising costs associated with maintaining recreation area facilities and to protect natural and cultural resources.”
The publicly available Draft Cedar City Field Office Recreation Site Business Plan outlines information related to the recreation fee sites, proposed fee changes, operation and maintenance costs, planned expenditures, financial analyses, and potential impacts of fee changes. The business plan includes the following modifications:
- Increase the individual campsite fee at Rocky Peak Campground, Hanging Rock Recreation Site, Pyramid Ridge Campground and future sites including Coal Creek, Bear Rock and South Creek campgrounds from $5 to $12.
- Increase developed group site fees from $20 to $30 (and to $40 for sites with a pavilion) at Pyramid Ridge Campground and future sites including Coal Creek, Bear Rock and South Creek campgrounds.
- Eliminate full campground reservations and pavilion reservation fees at Rocky Peak Campground and day-use fees at Hanging Rock Recreation Site.
- When amenities are upgraded, increase individual campsite fees at Ranch Canyon campsite to $12 per night and $75 for yurt rental.
- Add a $2 per day, $25 yearly pass and $220 group use reservation per day fee for the Three Peaks Paint Ball Complex after the site is fully developed.
- Add a “No-Minimum-Use-Fee” at Mammoth Crossing, “C” Overlook, “C” , Spring Creek and Bone Hollow trailheads.
Fees for these sites have not been modified since being initially established in 2018. The proposed modified fee structure is based on increased visitation and operating costs of recreational areas across Iron and Beaver counties in Utah. As required by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, proposed fee increases were determined through a comparative-cost analysis of similar recreation sites throughout the region. All fees collected from recreation sites will be reinvested for services, maintenance and improvements to the sites. With modified fees, the America the Beautiful Pass can be honored and will discount camping in some cases, while providing free use of the existing Three Peaks Model Port and Three Peaks RC Track for passholders.
The proposal and detailed business plan are available at: CedarCityFO_DraftRecreationBusinessPlan2023. Comments on the proposal must be received by March 23, 2023. Comments should be addressed to Dave Jacobson, 176 E DL Sargent Dr, Cedar City, UT 84721 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee proposal will be reviewed at the BLM Utah Resource Advisory Council meeting on May 17, 2023.
Those who provide comments are advised that before including personal identifying information (address, email, phone number) be aware that the entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that the agency will be able to do so.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.