Forest Service proposes new recreation fees for rental of historic cabins

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 5:00 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is seeking comments on a proposal to add 11 historic cabins into an overnight cabin rental program.

The forest has completed or will soon complete renovations at 11 cabins and is proposing new recreation fees to make these facilities available to the public as overnight rentals.

The recreation cabin rental program provides the unique recreational experience of staying in historic Forest Service cabins while providing funds for the ongoing maintenance and renovation of these historic buildings.

The cabins and proposed fee structure include:

Logan Ranger District: Card Guard Station, available from June 1 through Oct. 15 at $125 per night; Tony Grove Ranger Station, available year-round at $85 per night; Blacksmith Fork Guard Station, available year-round at $75 per night.

Ogden Ranger District: Monte Cristo Guard Station, available year-round at $85 per night.

Salt Lake Ranger District: Rice Creek Field Station, available from June 1 through Sept. 30 at $100 per night.

Kamas Ranger District: Ledgefork Guard Station, available from June 1 to Sept. 30 at $85 per night; Mirror Lake Guard Station, available from July 1 to Sept. 15 at $100 per night.

Heber Ranger District: Mill Hollow Guard Station, available from June 1 to Sept. 30 at $100 per night; Current Creek Work Center Group Site, available from June 1 to Oct. 15 at $200 per night.

Spanish Fork Ranger District: Payson Lakes Guard Station, available from June 1 through Sept. 30 at $125 per night; Diamond Fork Guard Station, available year-round at $50 per night.

More information about the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Recreation Fee Program can be found at www.fs.usda.gov.

All new fee proposals will be presented before a Utah Bureau of Land Management Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. The public is welcome to attend and comment at all advisory committee meetings.

The next Utah BLM advisory committee meeting is expected to be held in January. The exact meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest website and through the local media. The fee proposals are anticipated to be presented to the Utah committee in the fall of 2014.

If the proposals are approved, it is anticipated that the cabins would become available for overnight rental in the winter of 2014. Reservations would be required and would be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. The service charges a $9 reservation fee for online reservations and $10 fee for phone reservations.

For additional information, contact Charles Rosier at 801-999-2103 or email at crosier@fs.fed.us. Submit comments by Feb. 1 to uwc_info@fs.fed.us or by postal mail at Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, attn: Larry Lucas, 857 W. South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095.

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