County to charge visitors to Hualapai Mountain Park

The adage "the best things in life are free" no longer applies to Hualapai Mountain Park.

Visitors to the park, located 14 miles southeast of Kingman in the Hualapai Mountains, must pay a $5 day per vehicle beginning Sept.

1.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved the fee and changes to other fees charged by the Mohave County Parks Department during a meeting Monday.

Frequent visitors to the park who reside in Mohave County, Laughlin, Nev., and Needles, Calif., can purchase an annual pass for $40.

"This is the only regional park I know of that hasn't charged a fee," county parks director Shawn Blackburn said.

"The fees will offset operational costs of the park such as utilities, maintenance and ranger salaries."

The parks department also will begin charging a non-refundable $5 reservation fee to ensure that a valid credit card number is given.

"We hope to reduce fraud up front," Blackburn said.

"Before we didn't find out until after they had stayed at the park."

All recreation area fees also will increase $25 a day.

The fee changes apply to Hualapai Mountain Park and Davis Camp in Bullhead City.

Fees at other county parks, such as Neal Butler Park and Veteran's Park in Golden Valley, also will increase.

Camping fees will go from $8 a day to $10 per day and a rate of $250 a day will be charged for exclusive use of the park.

Hualapai Mountain Park comprises three and a half square miles with elevation ranging from 4,984 to 8,417 feet and is surrounded by several wilderness areas.

First developed during the early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park boasts roads, six miles of developed hiking trails - beginning at 6,314 feet elevation and reaching 8,239 feet at Aspen Peak - and more than 10 miles of undeveloped trails.

The park also has picnic and camping areas as well as ramadas that can be reserved for special occasions.

Beginning Sept.

1 visitors to the park will be required to stop at the ranger's station - located on Hualapai Mountain Road just before entering the park - to get permits.