The Bureau of Land Management seeks the public’s help as it begins developing a management plan for the popular North Sand Hills in Jackson County.

The Recreation Area Management Plan update will guide the specific management of the North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area, which is an area popular with off-highway vehicle enthusiasts.  The BLM is closely coordinating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado State Land Board, who manage lands interspersed with BLM lands in the North Sand Hills.

The field office will consider actions such as identifying designated camping areas, establishing a camping fee, establishing a day-use fee, and protecting sensitive resources.

“We need to hear from the public to help us continue to provide this unique recreational opportunity in the North Sand Hills as well as to maintain this unique natural area in northern Colorado,” said BLM Kremmling Field Manager Bill Mills.

The BLM is hosting four public open house meetings to answer questions and accept written comments:

  • March 28 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Walden at the Wattenburg Center, 686 County Road 42
  • April 1 in Denver from 4-8 p.m. at the REI Flagship Store, 1416 Platte St.
  • April 2 in Fort Collins from 5:30-8 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Office, 2150 Centre Ave, Building E
  • April 3 in Cheyenne, Wyo. from 5:30-8 p.m. at Laramie County Community College, 1400 E. College Dr.

More information about the management plan update and how to comment is available at   

Comments need to be received by April 29, 2019 and may be emailed to BLM_CO_KR_WEBMAIL@BLM.GOV or mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: John Monkouski, P.O. Box 68, Kremmling, CO 80459.

Any fee proposals would undergo additional public review and would need to be approved by the Northwest Resource Advisory Council before BLM could begin implementing them.  

Last year recreation on land managed by the BLM in Colorado generated $618 million and supported more than 5,000 jobs.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.