Tuesday, April 29, 2008

BLM eyes fee for popular Colorado camping site

Grand Junction Sentinel - Grand Junction,CO,USA
Faced with mounting maintenance projects and not enough money to pay for them, the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to begin charging people to camp near a popular mountain biking spot in the desert north of Fruita and to boost fees to camp on Glade Park.

The federal agency has recommended a $10 per campsite, per night fee for the North Fruita Desert campground at the end of 18 Road and a series of fee hikes for day use and camping at the Mud Springs campground on Glade Park.

“We don’t get the resources necessary to maintain the facilities as they should be maintained,” BLM spokeswoman Mel Lloyd said.

The BLM is seeking public comment on the proposed increases by May 15. They will then present the fee hikes to two advisory councils who will make recommendations on them.

Officials built a 37-unit campground in 2005 to accommodate the tens of thousands of people who visit the 72,000-acre North Fruita Desert every year. The BLM estimates the campground hosted 1,500 people last year.
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