Originally Posted by tetoncounty
It's perfectly legal to make a deal with a private party to drive you somewhere. Compensation is a private matter between the parties involved.
The offer stands.
Huh, would be curious to know how the BLM interprets that statement. According to the Utah BLM SRP policies what you are advertising and soliciting likely falls under a Vendor application (short term) with a commercial designation from what I have read. There maybe a caveat that exempts the request but it's not listed in their examples (exceeds stated distance, not BLM sponsored event, etc). Willing to be hear clarification from someone in the know.
That said I have a hard time believing that an offer of $350 publicly (ie profit, and a sum almost 2x as much as the going vehicle shuttle rate) for a similar service offered by a permitted, insured business that pays a regular fee to the BLM isn't regulated. Especially since it's being solicited in advance, in public.
It might just be my hackles rising as a former guide who watched such activities for years. I just don't see much of a difference between this and offering someone a cash payment to unofficially help guide you down a permitted river, canyon or up a technical route on a peak. And it's definitely not in the definition or spirit of cost sharing that defines non-commercial, exempt activities on public land as I know it.
Inquiring minds want to know.