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Old 02-25-2011   #1
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BLM seeks public comment on Upper Colorado River fee adjustments

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Western Colorado
Bureau of Land Management, Kremmling Field Office
2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, CO 80459
Tel 970-724-3000 • Fax 970-724-9590
DOI: BLM: National Home Page
Contact: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008
Oct. 21, 2010

BLM seeks public comment on Upper Colorado River fee adjustments

KREMMLING, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on its proposal to adjust the fee structure at the popular Pumphouse and Radium recreation areas on the Upper Colorado River.

BLM is proposing to increase the day-use fee for the first time since the fee program began in this area in 1998 to off-set inflation and rising costs of maintenance and operations.

The day-use fee at these areas for private users would increase from $3 to $4 per vehicle per day. The commercial day-use fee would be raised from $1 to $1.25 per person per day. The season pass would be raised from $15 to $20.

BLM is also considering making a change to the fee classification that would allow the day-use fee to be covered by the America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, Access and Volunteer Interagency passes. The current classification at these locations does not allow these passes to be used for day-use fees.

Under the new classification, holders of the Annual and Volunteer Interagency Pass would not pay a day-use fee, but would still pay full price for camping fees. Holders of Senior and Access Interagency Passes would not pay a day use fee and would pay 50 percent of the camping fees.

BLM anticipates making its decision on this proposal this spring. Fee increases must also be approved by the Colorado Recreation Resource Advisory Council.

Pumphouse and Radium recreation areas provide access points to the Colorado River. An estimated 60,000 people use the areas annually. Day-use fees generated $48,000 last year. The annual operating cost of these areas is $164,000.

All the day-use fees collected are used on-site for maintenance and improvements. BLM began charging use-fees at these areas in 1998 under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. A major renovation of the Pumphouse Campground completed last summer was partly funded by these user-fees.

Comments can be sent to Hannah_Schechter@blm.gov or to Hannah Schechter, PO BOX 68 Kremmling, CO 80459. For more information log onto BLM Colorado | Kremmling Field Office or call Hannah Schechter (970) 724-3008.

Hannah Schechter
Outdoor Recreation Planner
USDI BLM, Kremmling Field Office
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Old 02-25-2011   #2
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Thanks for the info. Would it be possible to bridge the light-years wide gap between Federal and State jurisdiction and allow the day-use fee to be covered by the Colorado State Parks Pass and vise versa?



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Old 02-25-2011   #3
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No-one likes to see price increases, but still seems reasonable to me.
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Old 02-25-2011   #4
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can't complain about that...where else can you have that much fun for $4.00
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$4....I can come in here for $4???

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Old 02-26-2011   #6
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I’m not going to complain, $4 is pretty insignificant. My only concern is that giving free access to the stated pass holders may be counterintuitive if the goal is to bring more funds to the Upper Colorado River BLM. Non-pass holders pay more + pass holders pay less = same net income? Also if entrance is free for pass holders the area will likely attract more visitors leading to more use of the area leading to higher expenses. Unless of course allowing pass holders in for free makes the Upper Colorado River BLM more attractive for government funding, then free entry might be a good idea.

I say charge everybody or nobody. I mean really $4?
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Old 02-26-2011   #7
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What about camping fees? Are they included in day use fees? I don't have a problem paying $4 in day use fees if needed. I assume the gap is funded with federal BLM dollars. Is the the reason for fee increase a cut in BLM budget, higher operating expense, or desire to get more paid for by users?
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Old 02-26-2011   #8
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Hell, bump it to $5 and put in an air compressor...
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Old 02-26-2011   #9
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in addition to the price hike. The BLM is also pulling all the vault toilets along that stretch except for the group campsite "cottonwood". Groovers will now be required for any overnight trip.
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FallingUp, where'd you hear that?

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