BLM offering free access for Veterans day weekend

KINGMAN - In honor of the nation's veterans, the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado River District has waived entrance fees to local recreation sites Saturday through Monday.

"These fee-free days will provide a great opportunity to visit a new area and explore the wonder of your public lands," said District Manager Roxie Trost in an email. "This is also a great way to help some folks who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience their public lands and develop a passion for them as others have."

The three areas closest to Kingman are the Burro Creek, Wild Cow Springs and Windy Point Recreation sites.

• Burro Creek Recreation Site offers 24 campsites for tent or recreational vehicle use with picnic tables and campfire grills. Also provided are two accessible restroom facilities with water, solar lights and environmental education bulletin boards.

There is a recreational vehicle dump station, a self-service fee station, water and garbage cans located within the recreation site.

The day use area offers five picnic sites, each with a shade ramada, table and pedestal grill.

The Watchable Wildlife Exhibit and Desert Garden provide information to visitors on the native flora and fauna of the area.

Burro Creek is located 60 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. From Kingman, travel east 17 miles on Interstate 40, then south 53 miles on Highway 93.The recreation site turnoff is one mile south of Burro Creek Bridge. From the signed turnoff, continue 1.5 miles to the recreation site via the paved access road.

• Wild Cow Springs Recreation Site offers 17 individual camping/picnicking sites and a short hiking trail. Each site is provided with a picnic table and campfire grill. Three restroom facilities are centrally located in the campground, with nearby environmental education bulletin boards.

Garbage cans are centrally located within the recreation site. A self-service fee station is located at the entrance.

Wild Cow Springs is located southeast of Kingman. Travel 14 miles up Hualapai Mountain Road and through Hualapai Mountain County Park into the small community of Pine Lake. Turn right at the Pine Like firehouse, onto an unpaved one-lane road. From there, go approximately five miles to the recreation site.

High clearance vehicles are highly recommended beyond this point. Travel trailers longer than 20 feet are not recommended beyond the firehouse turnoff.

• Windy Point Recreation Site offers 7 campsites, each containing picnic tables and campfire grills. Trashcans and a restroom facility are centrally located within the site. A self-service fee station is located at the entrance to the area.

Cherum Peak Trail, a 2.5 mile trail, and Packsaddle Recreation Site, a no-fee site, are located within two miles of Windy Point Recreation Site.

From Kingman, travel 18 miles north on U.S 93, to the Bureau of Land Management-maintained Big Wash Road turnoff. Note: This turnoff is located 1.5 miles north of the State Road 62-Chloride turnoff. Windy Point is located two miles past the Packsaddle Recreation Site, on the same road. Several miles in from the Highway 93 turnoff, the road begins a steep, switchback ascent from the valley floor to the top of the ridge. Vehicles with travel trailers are not recommended on this road.

Elsewhere, fees will be waived at the Crossroads and Empire Landing campgrounds in the Lake Havasu area, as will the Bullfrog day use area and the 87 Lake Havasu campsites.

Fee-waived sites managed by the Yuma Field Office include Squaw Lake campground and boat launch, Senator Wash boat ramp and day-use area, Senator Wash North Shore and South Shore campgrounds, the Oxbow Recreation and Wildlife Area, and the Ehrenberg Sandbowl off-highway vehicle area.

It's important to note only the entrance fee will be waived. Other fees, such as overnight camping, concession and group day use remain in effect.

Also, the Betty's Kitchen Watchable Wildlife Area just north of Yuma remains closed due to the Laguna Fire that burned in 2011.