Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 | 12:35 p.m.
Plans are in the works to increase the entrance fee to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
Although the amount of the increase hasn't yet been determined — and it's likely more than a year away — it would partly be in response to the cost of expanding Red Rock's visitor center, a $20 million project that began in 2003 and should be completed in the spring of 2009.
The fee increase will go through an eight-stage approval process, said BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon, and it would apply to both vehicular traffic and campground fees.
"We're in the very early stages of this process," Cannon said.
For the past 11 years, the cost to enter Red Rock has been $5 per vehicle, $2 per motorcycle and $20 for a year-long pass. Bicyclists and pedestrians can enter for free.
The cost for individual campsites, which must be 10 people or fewer, is $10 per site, per night. Group campsites for 10 to 20 people are $25 per site, per night.