Fee at Glade Park site will double next month
The Bureau of Land Management next month will double the camping fee at the Mud Springs campground on Glade Park, saying current fee revenue isn’t enough to maintain the recreational area.
The agency announced Tuesday it will increase the fee from $5 to $10 a night beginning July 9.
Each summer, more than 1,000 people visit the campground, which is located off 16.5 Road about 20 miles southwest of Grand Junction. The campground has 14 campsites, two group campsites and 10 day-use picnic areas.
The campground generated $3,300 in fees last year, but that’s not enough to cover the $5,300 annual cost to maintain it, BLM spokeswoman Vanessa Delgado said.
“The fees are used for maintenance and upkeep to ensure we keep that campground preserved so people can continue to enjoy it in the future,” she said.
Delgado said the fee increase won’t affect day use of the area, which remains free.
The BLM said the fee hike is supported by the Mesa County Commission, the city of Fruita, the Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council and the Colorado Recreation Resource Advisory Council.