Now, recreation staff is expanding options for visitors to access the park by installing two self-pay stations near the first and second dams along Mormon Emigrant Trail. The stations will be installed within the next two weeks.
“Park use fees support our efforts to keep Sly Park Recreation Area’s beautiful facilities in top shape,” said EID Parks and Recreation Manager Greg Hawkins. “Everyone who enters the park impacts it in some manner: grounds workers maintain, clean, and restock restrooms and maintenance workers perform work to keep the trail system passable and the day use facilities safe and usable.”
Sly Park Recreation Area has become increasingly popular over the years. For 10 straight years the park has been chosen by readers of the Mountain Democrat newspaper as the Best Recreation Facility in the area.
The popularity of the recreation area is confirmed by increasing visitor numbers. In each of the last six years, Sly Park Recreation Area has experienced a 12 percent average annual increase in day use visitation and a seven percent average annual increase in overnight camping.
With the continued popularity, the park often fills to capacity during the high season between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
“Some weekends when capacity is reached, we have to turn away visitors at the main entrance,” said Hawkins. “Until now, visitors who enter the park along Mormon Emigrant Trail did not have a convenient way to pay the use fee. With the installation of the pay stations, we hope our walk-in visitors will find this to be an easy way to pay the modest day use fee and enjoy this natural gem—and support its ongoing operations and keep the park beautiful and clean.”
Annual passes remain EID recreation’s best deal: $156 per year ($120 for seniors) gives you access to Sly Park, Silver Lake and Caples Lake. Since Sly Park is open 365 days a year that works out to 43 cents per day (33 cents for seniors).
Visitors can go to eid.org/recreation to get more information.
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