The state's Archives, Museums and Historical Department will host its own Fort Bridger Rendezvous this year, according to department officials.
The announcement follows one by "mountain men" who had staged the event in the past that they would move their event to Park City, Utah.Linda Newman, curator of the Fort Bridger Historical Site, said she expects the AMH's own event to be as popular as those held by the mountain men.
"(It) will be well-attended, well-received and will retain the visitorship of past years," she said.
Rod Larken, a spokesman for rendezvous leaders or "booshways," said the event will move to Park City because of the attitude of officials there.
"(They) handed it to us on a silver platter because they know what an event like this can do for the town," he said.
Park City has offered the mountain men from 200 to 500 acres of pasture, billboards, advertising and $500,000 in insurance, while the Park City Chamber of Commerce has offered to solicit prize donations from local businesses, and the county sheriff's office has agreed to provide security.
In addition, mountain men perceive a lack of cooperation on the AMH's part, Larken said.
The announcement followed development of new regulations for the rendezvous restricting the number of teepees at the rendezvous, reducing the number of traders and campers at the site and calling for more authentic lodges, dress and wares.
"They were tying our hands in a number of ways," Larken said. "The rules were so strict that the traders wouldn't be traders, but living history actors."
Funding has also become a problem with AMH budget cuts that forced department officials to ask the organizers to pay for extra staff, portable restrooms and cleanup operations using revenues generated by trader spaces, campers and concessions.
Organizers have declined to do so.