Improvements completed at trailheads in Sand Flats Recreation Area, officials say
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Chris Haller, trails program coordinator for Utah State Parks and Recreation, meets with Andrea Brand, program manager for Sand Flats Recreation Area as he makes the final inspection of the Slickrock Trailhead Improvement project on Thursday, Dec. 15. Courtesy photo
Chris Haller, trails program coordinator for Utah State Parks and Recreation, meets with Andrea Brand, program manager for Sand Flats Recreation Area as he makes the final inspection of the Slickrock Trailhead Improvement project on Thursday, Dec. 15. Courtesy photo
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Trailhead improvements have been officially completed at the Sand Flats Recreation Area east of Moab. The new changes, which include an interpretive pavilion, repaired and painted toilet buildings and updated kiosk displays, are designed to provide better facilities for visitors, Sand Flats officials said in a news release this week.

The new interpretive pavilion display highlights the history of the Slickrock Bike Trail, said Sand Flats Program Manager Andrea Brand.

The project was paid for through user fees and a matching grant for $8,800 from Utah State Parks and Recreation Trails and Pathways Program, according to the news release.

“Visitors benefit from an improved trailhead and local businesses benefited from contracts to do much of the work,” Brand said.

Dave Wagstaff General Contracting built the interpretive pavilion, and local painter Mike Newman served as the contractor for the repair and painting of the toilet buildings, Sand Flats officials said. Desert Iron of Grand County built the metal kiosk.

Interpretive signs were written and designed in-house by the Sand Flats staff, Brand said. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) assisted with consulting and pavilion design.

“The project demonstrates the continuing success of the partnership between Grand County and the BLM in the management of the Sand Flats Recreation Area,” Brand said.

The 7,320-acre Sand Flats Recreation Area hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually and also is a popular area for camping and off-road vehicle use. Sand Flats is managed through a partnership between Grand County and the BLM.

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