File No. 34890

This rule was published in the June 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 12) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

Section R651-611-3

Camping Fees

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 34890
Filed: 05/31/2011 11:57:59 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

As the division works toward self-sufficiency, a wide variety of programmatic adjustments designed to generate revenue and reduce operating costs have been examined. Most of those adjustments involved a shift in paradigm. Over the past several months, park managers have been asked to aggressively pursue ways to enhance their revenue, they have indicated that an option to lease camping spaces for a longer term, especially during the off-peak season would significantly enhance their profitability and would provide a much sought after service.

Summary of the rule or change:

Camping is currently limited to 14 consecutive days, except for Snow Canyon State Park where a 5-day limit is established. This change would extend the amount of time a person could camp if camping in a long-term campsite when an agreement has been signed.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 79-4-203(8)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This rule change simply allows the Division to extend the 14-day stay limit in designated state park campsites and will add no additional cost to state park budgets, nor will it result in any savings to state budgets. It should, however, increase the revenue made by the state at the parks where it is implemented.

local governments:

The amendments do not affect local government because local government is not involved in the issuing camping permits for state parks.

small businesses:

This rule will not increase cost or savings to small business, but may result in increased revenue to retail outlets near state parks as a result of longer term campers.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This rule will have no impact on persons other than those who choose to stay in a state park for longer than the current 14-day stay limit. Those individuals will be positively impacted by this enhanced opportunity.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

The only persons affected as a result of this rule change are those individuals who have traditionally desired to stay longer than 14 days, which is the current maximum stay in a state park. Since this rule is not regulatory, but rather grants permission for the Division to extend that opportunity, no compliance costs are anticipated.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

This rule should have minimal impact on business around State Parks.

Michael Styler, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Natural Resources
Parks and Recreation
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3154

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Tammy Wright at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7359, by FAX at 801-538-7378, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Fred Hayes, Acting Operations Deputy Director


R651. Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

R651-611. Fee Schedule.

R651-611-3. Camping Fees.

Permits overnight camping and day use for the day of arrival until 2:00 p.m. of the following day or each successive day. Camp sites must be vacated by 12:00 noon following the last camping night at Dead Horse Point. [Camping]Except as provided in R651-606-5, camping is limited to 14 consecutive days at all campgrounds with the exception of Snow Canyon State Park, with a five (5) consecutive day limit.

A. Individual Sites -- One (1) vehicle with up to eight (8) occupants and any attached recreational equipment as one (1) independent camp unit. Fees for individual sites are based on the following schedule:

1. $10.00 with pit or vault toilets; $13.00 with flush toilets; $16.00 with flush toilets and showers or electrical hookups; $20.00 with flush toilets, showers and electrical hookups; $25.00 with full hookups.

2. Primitive camping fees may be decreased at the park manager's discretion dependent upon the developed state of the facilities to be used by park visitors. Notification of the change must be made to the Division's financial manager and reservations manager before the reduced fee can be made effective.

3. Special Fun Tag holders may receive a $2.00 discount for individual camping sites Monday through Thursday nights, excluding holidays.

4. One-half the campsite fee rounded up to the nearest dollar will be charged per vehicle at all parks and individual camping sites for all additional transportation vehicles that are separate and not attached to the primary vehicle, but are dependent upon that unit. No more than one additional vehicle is allowed at any individual campsite. This fee is not applicable at primitive campsites.

B. Group Sites - (by advance reservation for groups)

1. The following fees will apply to Overnight Group Camping:



1.  Reservation Fee:  $10.65 at the following parks:

     Bear Lake - Eastside -               $ 75.00
     Bear Lake - Big Creek -              $ 75.00
     Bear Lake - Willow  -                $ 75.00
     Bear Lake Marina -                   $ 75.00
     Deer Creek - Wallsburg -             $400.00
     East Canyon - Large Springs -        $ 50.00
     East Canyon - Mormon Flats -         $ 75.00
     East Canyon - New -                  $200.00
     Escalante Group Area -               $ 50.00
     Fremont - Group Area -               $ 70.00
     Hyrum -                              $150.00
     Jordanelle - Beach                   $250.00
     Jordanelle - Cover                   $250.00
     Jordanelle - Keatley                 $250.00
     Jordanelle - Rock Cliff North        $250.00
     Jordanelle - Rock Cliff South        $250.00
     Kodachrome - Arches -                $ 65.00
     Kodachrome - Oasis -                 $ 65.00
     Otter Creek -                        $100.00
     Rockport - Hawthorne                 $150.00
     Rockport - Riverside                 $150.00
     Rockport - Old Church                $150.00
     Snow Canyon - Quail Group Area       $ 65.00
     Steinaker -                          $200.00
     Wasatch - Soldier Hollow Chalet      $250.00
     Willard - Pelican Beach (250 max)    $350.00
     Yuba - Painted Rocks                 $100.00
     Yuba - Oasis                         $100.00

2.  $3.00 per person at Dead Horse (minimum - $45.00)

3.  $3.00 per person at Goblin Valley, Green River No.1
and No. 2, Starvation, Palisade and Scofield (minimum) -

4. $3.00 per person and $2 per vehicle.  Antelope Island
(minimum) $60.00


KEY: parks, fees

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [April 7, 2011]July 22, 2011

Notice of Continuation: January 24, 2011

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 79-4-203(8)


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Tammy Wright at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7359, by FAX at 801-538-7378, or by Internet E-mail at