July 2006

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Glen Canyon Considering Increased Camping Fees

PAGE, Ariz. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is considering increasing camping fees at Lone Rock, Lees Ferry, and other primitive camping areas within the park. The proposed fee increases would go into effect beginning in summer 2007.

This would be the first camping-fee increase at Lees Ferry and primitive camping areas since 1997. Camping fees would increase as follows:

Location Current Camping Fee Proposed Camping Fee
Lone Rock $8 per site per night $10 per site per night
Lees Ferry $10 per site per night $12 per site per night
Primitive camping areas (including Stanton Creek, Bullfrog North and South, Farley Canyon, and Dirty Devil) $6 per site per night $6 per person, with a maximum fee of $12 per vehicle per night

Camping fees provide a vital source of revenue to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The funds collected from camping fees stay within the park and are used directly for critical improvements in the services provided to visitors.

This year, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is using money from entrance and camping fees to replace the Lees Ferry campground RV dump station, to inventory and monitor campsites along the San Juan River, to replace the fish-cleaning station at Wahweap, to control invasive, non-native plant species, to replace the Lees Ferry orientation facility for whitewater rafters on the Colorado River, to renovate historic buildings at Lees Ferry, and to rehabilitate and refurbish signs throughout the park.

Fee increases are based on a study of comparable sites in the surrounding area to ensure that increases are appropriate and competitive with current market conditions. Holders of Golden Age (for U.S. residents age 62 and over) and Golden Access (for permanently disabled U.S. residents) passes would continue to receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees.



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