Mogollon Rim Campgrounds Fee Change Proposal FAQs

The Coconino National Forest is seeking public input on proposed fee implementation at the Clint’s Well and Kehl Springs campgrounds, and fee increases at Blue Ridge, Rock Crossing, Knoll Lake, Elks, Long Valley Work Center and Moqui campgrounds on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.

Of the recreation fees collected, 95 percent would remain on the forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs at the campgrounds. It has been more than decade since the last fee increases.

What campgrounds does this proposal include, and what are the changes proposed?

Table of fee proposal changes for campgrounds on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District

 

Why is the Forest Service proposing that campground fees on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District change?

Current fee pricing is well below comparable campground fees charged by other public agencies. Fee changes will help the district operate and maintain developed fee sites to meet visitor expectations and create a more sustainable developed recreation program. The campground proposed for fee changes are currently out of date and in poor condition, needing updates to picnic tables, fire rings, information boards, site delineation, etc. The increase in fees will help address the growing costs of maintaining campground facilities. The proposed group site fees will be consistent and better tie prices to the number of users.

What is the overall goal of increasing fees?

The Mogollon Rim Ranger District wants to improve the overall condition of its developed campgrounds. Fees will also help protect scenic, wildlife, environmental, historical, archaeological, cultural, and recreational values as a result of a more sustainable developed recreation program. Overall, the fees will help preserve public investment in outdoor recreation infrastructure that supports personal health, economic, environmental, and social benefits for the individual visitor and community.

Specifically, what will these fees go towards?

Costs to maintain these sites include things such as:

  • Daily/weekly tasks such as cleaning restrooms and removing trash;
  • Annual maintenance, such as painting;
  • Replacement or repair of facilities such as information kiosks, signs, fire rings, picnic tables, and restrooms as they reach the end of their useful life;
  • Infrastructure work, including road resurfacing and water system repairs.

Will this limit my access to the national forest?

No. The purpose of the fee increase is not to limit the recreation program but to improve it. Public use and enjoyment of the national forest and developed recreation sites will not be unduly impeded or restricted, because the vast majority of the national forest is open for free dispersed camping. These fees only affect the listed developed campgrounds because these campgrounds are maintained and include amenities not found in the dispersed camping experience. 

Why are you looking for public comments on these proposed fee changes?

When the focus is on specific individual developed campground sites, public input is imperative. Proposals and changes to fee structure requires formal public involvement, and collaboration with the public supports better informed decision making. The Coconino National Forest wants to be as transparent as possible in proposing new fees and fee increases. As citizens preferences for recreation evolve and populations shift, the Forest Service continues to place a high priority on providing quality recreation opportunities to meet both new and traditional demands. Forest recreation managers incorporate and value public input as part of a proposal, such as increasing fees. Public involvement will reveal what is unique or specific about a developed campground and help clarify what the public is looking for at developed campgrounds.

How did you come to this proposal?

Existing and projected visitor demands, resource conditions, program costs, and revenue generation are being considered in the proposed fee implementation and increase. On-site visitor surveys and public outreach through letters, phone calls, email, social media, local newspapers, PSA’s to the public and locally elected officials, business owners, and local field knowledge will continue to provide a solid foundation of public recreation preferences and values.



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