The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced plans to enhance the visitor experience at the Calf Creek Recreation Site (CCRS), a beloved destination within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Construction is set to commence on July 8, 2024, and is anticipated to last up to two months. During this period, the recreation site will be temporarily closed to ensure the safety of visitors, as heavy equipment and construction traffic pose immediate hazards.

Paria River District Manager Harry Barber expressed gratitude for the public’s patience during this period of improvement. He emphasized the significance of this project in maintaining Calf Creek as a premier monument destination. Updates regarding the construction progress and any pertinent alerts will be communicated through various channels, including on-site signage, local media, social media platforms, the Monument webpage, and a dedicated “CCRS Visitor Recreation Alternatives” webpage provided by the Garfield County Office of Tourism.

Falyn Owens, Executive Director of the Garfield County Office of Tourism, echoed Barber’s sentiments, acknowledging the inconvenience posed by the temporary closure while emphasizing the wealth of alternative public land destinations available in Bryce Canyon Country.

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The construction project aims to elevate the visitor experience for years to come through a series of site improvements. These enhancements include the renovation of campgrounds, installation of new shade shelters, construction of retaining walls along the creek and water play area, and repair of the campground swinging pedestrian bridge. Detailed information and a comprehensive list of project actions can be found in the final environmental assessment available on the BLM National Register.

As construction progresses, the BLM and partnering agencies remain dedicated to ensuring that Calf Creek remains a treasured destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with enhanced facilities and amenities that cater to the needs of visitors while preserving the natural beauty of the area.

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