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Old 12-20-2018   #1
 
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Camping at AHRA Sites along the Arkansas

Starting in 2019 all the AHRA camp sites will be reservation only.

AHRA campsites move to reservation only | Free Content | chaffeecountytimes.com

Most of these sites do not have good cell reception, AT&T gets the best coverage along the river, if you have Sprint or T-Mobile, better make that reservation before getting to the valley.

Also starting January will be new camping and entrance fees.

CPW modifies fees, offers new annual pass option for state park visitors | Free Content | chaffeecountytimes.com

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Do you think this will cause unprepared campers and those not aware of this change to increased use of primitive camping areas? Last season many folks took it upon themselves to develope campsites that were not there the season before. Many cars up 4 mile were bushwhacking and establishing camp sites. If all AHRA sites are reservation only I’m afraid people will further develop public camping to suit there needs. Will there be no exceptions or opportunity to pay at the stations? I. Asking out of concern here, I hope this new system works. Best hopes in mind here. Thank you
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I will just cut and paste the response I posted to your question in BV Paddlers Bob. Easier than typing it all out again.....

The change has no affect on dispersed, primitive camping. Sites along the Numbers, Elephant Rock Campground and Fourmile Recreation Area are unaffected. Friends of Fourmile have been working on fencing off newly created campsites and designating established sites with posts and signage. There are issues with resource damage and dumping up there for sure. The mapping and designation techniques being used by Friends of Fourmile are being used as a template for checking uncontrolled campsite development around the county.

All developed AHRA campgrounds will go up in price and be reservation only. I'm not a huge supporter of this idea, but there is cell phone service at all the established campgrounds now except Five Points. Railroad Bridge, Ruby Mountain, Hecla Junction, Salida East, Valley Bridge and Five Points will all be reservation only, and they tended to be reserved all summer long anyway. River Runners provides an alternative camping option, as does the new "Hip Camp" just upstream and on the left from Fisherman's Bridge.

Elephant Rock is scheduled to be improved this season. The AHRA will be designating sites and building a permanent pit toilet. It will remain free. The anticipated construction of the Arkansas River Placer Campground (at Numbers launch) has been delayed and is not anticipated to begin for another year or two (still waiting to complete a land swap with the Forest Service). There are also additional improvements (in the millions of $'s) scheduled to be completed at Salida East.

The purpose of the price increase is to cover operational costs and staff. The funds will not go towards infrastructure improvements. The park manager said he anticipates being able to hire some additional staff, as well as raising the wages of positions like the River Rangers who are minimally compensated for the awesome work they do.
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Thanks for the detailed update, Logan - I appreciate the time you put into this!

Just to clarify, there will be no change to the daily vehicle pass ($7). Is this correct?

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Thanks for the detailed update, Logan - I appreciate the time you put into this!

Just to clarify, there will be no change to the daily vehicle pass ($7). Is this correct?

-AH
Daily vehicle pass goes up to $8 and season pass will be $80 for 2019.

Campsite fees go up from $18 to $28, but the $10 reservation fee has been removed. So for just one night it is a wash, but the cost to stay multiple nights has gone up.
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Also worth noting that the AHRA will be doing away with the windshield stickers and will be using a tag that hangs from your rear view mirror and is now transferable between vehicles.
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Here are the new rates.
The windshield sticker is still available, the new hanging pass which is transferable to any vehicle that pass holder is riding in is $120.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the park entrance fee schedule will adjust to the following:

Individual Daily Pass $4

Annual Affixed Vehicle Pass $80

Annual Affixed Multiple Vehicle Pass $40 per vehicle

Annual Affixed Vehicle Replacement Pass $5

Aspen Leaf Annual Pass (ages 64+) $70

Aspen Leaf Annual Multiple Pass (ages 64+) $35 per vehicle

State Parks Annual Hang Tag Pass $120.
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Two questions. 1) Any changes for camping at the Rincon campground? 2) Any word on the road repair to access of BLM land on river left across from Rincon campground? Thanks.
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There are 2 large boulders blocking the road about 1/2 mile below the RR underpass upstream of those campsites. There was a washout under that concrete structure making the road impassable there anyway. But the camps can be reached via a 4wd road from downstream, that is if you're into a long rough bumpy ride with a stream crossing.

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