SOURCE: Recreation Resource Management

October 01, 2013 16:14 ET

Many Federal Recreation Areas in Arizona Remain Open During the Government Shutdown

Concession-Run Campgrounds and Day Use Areas in the USDA Forest Service Are Mostly Unaffected by Closure

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2013) - Most USDA Forest Service campgrounds, day use areas, and other recreation sites that are operated by private concessionaires remain open in the government shutdown. This includes popular Arizona sites such as Houston Mesa and Christopher Creek, near Payson; Crescent Moon / Red Rock Crossing, West Fork / Call of the Canyon, Cave Springs, and Manzanita near Sedona; Lake Mary, Lockett Meadow, Pinegrove, and Bonito near Flagstaff; Demotte and Jacob Lake just north of the Grand Canyon; and Rose Canyon Lake and Spencer Canyon on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson. 

Private concession operators run hundreds of recreation areas within the National Forests, including the majority of the largest and most popular sites. This concession program, which is nearly thirty years old, helps the agency to reduce costs, in an era of declining budgets, while keeping high quality recreation options open to the public. Private companies operate under highly-structured agreements with detailed operating restrictions that ensure the character, quality, and environmental integrity of each recreation area is maintained.

"Remaining open during government shutdowns is a real benefit of the concession model the US Forest Service has pioneered," said Warren Meyer, CEO of Recreation Resource Management. "By taking these parks out of the appropriations process, private concession management makes them immune to all manner of budget shenanigans that tend to force public recreation closures." 

It may be difficult for the public to determine if a particular facility is concession-run and therefore likely open during a government shutdown, particularly since the web site appears to be closed. All of Recreation Resource Management's concession sites in Arizona will remain open, with a full listing at

About Recreation Resource Management (RRM):

RRM, based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializes in the private operation of public parks for the USDA Forest Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Arizona and California State Parks, and a number of municipalities and utility districts. Web site: and

Full List of RRM-operated Arizona Sites to Remain Open:

Sedona Area:
Crescent Moon / Red Rock Crossing
Grasshopper Point
West Fork / Call of the Canyon
Cave Springs
Chavez Crossing
Pine Flats East and West
Oak Creek Visitor Center
Clear Creek
Beaver Creek

Payson Area:
Christopher Creek
East Verde
Houston Mesa
Sharp Creek
Tonto Creek

Flagstaff Area:
Ashurst Lake
Dairy Springs
Lake Mary Day Use Area
Locket Meadow
O'Leary Group

North Rim:
Jacob Lake

Mt. Lemmon:
Rose Canyon Lake
Spencer Canyon
Showers Point Group

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