The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft business plan for the Red Cliffs Recreation Area that would more than double user fees to help cover the cost of operating this scenic destination 15 miles north of St. George.
Thousands visit this 1,209-acre piece of desert around the mouth of Cottonwood Canyon near Leeds, paying $2 per carload and $8 to camp. Set in a cottonwood grove beside Quail Creek, the area includes trailheads, a day-use area and a 12-site campground. BLM proposes raising the per-car fee to $5 for day use and $15 for camping, still cheaper than Snow Canyon State Park and Zion National Park, but a little steeper than other Washington County state parks and national forests campgrounds.
This area, named for the deep hues of Navajo sandstone dominating the landscape, is located within the much larger Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, a swath of sensitive BLM-administered canyonlands and steppes hugging the southern fringes of the Pine Valley Mountains.