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Utah free campgrounds to charge up to $20 a night

Get ready to pay $10 to $20 a night to stay in 16 Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campgrounds that are currently free. Federal land managers said Friday they are moving forward with plans to charge new user fees at the current or forthcoming campgrounds all over the state, which will be implemented at the start of next year.

Twelve of the selected current campgrounds are within the Bureau of Land Management’s Richfield Field Office, while another three are in its Price Field Office, based on various business plans originally published between 2019 and 2020.

The campgrounds:
• Beas Lewis Flat (Richfield)
• Buckhorn Wash (Price)
• Cottonwood Canyon (Price)
• Jurassic (Price)
• Little Wild Horse (Price)
• Millsite (Price)
• New Joes (Price)
• San Rafael Reef (Price)
• Sand Wash (Price)
• Saul’s Meadow (Richfield)
• South Temple Wash (Price)
• Summerville (Richfield)
• Temple Mountain Townsite (Price)
• The Wedge (Price)
• The Wickiup (Price)

There currently aren’t any fees within those 15 sites. All of the Price Field Office sites will have a $20 per night camping fee or a $75 per night fee for group sites. The Richfield Field Office plan calls for a $15 per night camping fee at the Beas Lewis Flat and Summerville campgrounds, while the Saul’s Meadow campground will cost $10 per night once the plan goes into effect.



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David Stansbury
1 month ago

Is our Senior Pass still good?

Bob Palin
1 month ago

This is simple theft by the BLM. I’ve camped at many of these places, there are no facilities, they don’t even maintain access very well (if at all).

Suru
1 month ago

So many free campgrounds and dispersed sites have been closed in Utah lately due to overuse, abuse, trash and human waste and people living there full time. Hopefully these fees will help curtail this abuse and keep the campgrounds open.

Richard
1 month ago

Government entities always want more money, whether it’s warranted or not. It increases their power level while decreasing the citizens position, which is the goal of EVERY government.

Gil
1 month ago

I did not see a mention of the reason why the price of “free” BLM sites in Utah will be increased. I wonder if the reason is: just because they can?

Tom
1 month ago

Even “free” sites have associated costs.

Ron
1 month ago

Good for them. Nothing in this world should be free.

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Chuck Woodbury(@chuck)
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

Ron, nothing should be free? Huh?

Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

The taxes you pay say this was NEVER “free”. This is just more taxation to be wasted elsewhere.

SJS
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

How do you conclude that BLM sites are “free”? I don’t know about you, but I pay my ‘membership dues’ every April 15th.
What they do with the money is a whole ‘nother question.

Bill T
1 month ago

Would this have anything to do with the new “clean up costs” because of the increase in idiots that can’t clean up after themselves?

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill T

That might be the excuse, but it’s just the customary money grab (as Gol says) because they can.

Billinois
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill T

I’m betting it’s that and to discourage the homeless from setting up permanent residence in some of these remote areas.

Bob Palin
1 month ago
Reply to  Billinois

Almost all of these places are too remote and in the winter too cold for use by homeless people, plus water is not available at most of them.

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