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BLM to charge fees at 12 campgrounds near Price, Richfield, Salt Lake

The Bureau of Land Management in a statement announced new user fees it says “will help improve visitor services, maintain facilities, and enhance the outdoor recreational experience at select sites managed by the Price, Richfield, and Salt Lake field offices.”

BLM map of Utah Field offices with Price and Richfield dominating the middle of the state.
Map courtesy of BLM

User fees will be invested into the same recreation site where they are collected to help keep pace with demand and better serve local communities, according to the statement.

“Recreating on America’s public lands is more popular than ever, as people seek to enjoy the great outdoors,” said BLM Utah State Director Greg Sheehan. “These recreation fees will generate funding to improve access, refresh campground infrastructure and enhance the BLM’s ability to support local economies.”

The Price Field Office will establish fees in 12 campgrounds and the Richfield Field Office will establish fees in three campgrounds, all of which are currently free camping areas. The Salt Lake Field Office will establish a new Fivemile Pass Recreation Area, with a permit system and fees.

The BLM Utah Resource Advisory Council reviewed comments received during each business plan’s 30-day public comment period and considered changes the BLM made in response to those comments. The council recommended approval of the Richfield Field Office business plan in June 2019, the Price Field Office business plan in June 2020, and the Salt Lake Field Office business plan in November 2020.

Implementation of the new fees and permits might begin on Jan. 6, 2023. The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act requires that new recreation fees be posted in the Federal Register at least six months prior to implementation. More information about these fees, detailed in the recreation business plans for these areas, can be viewed online at go.usa.gov/xubZW.