ELY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District will reopen the Sacramento Pass Recreation Area to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The popular recreation area, located alongside U.S. Highway 6/50 about 45 miles east of Ely, has been upgraded to improve visitor access and safety.
Improvements to the site include new campsite designs and furnishings, sun shelters and toilet facility, re-graded roadways and a reconstructed fishing pond that features an accessible fishing deck. The improved facilities more closely comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and are designed to be environmentally friendly, where practical.
Sacramento Pass is one of the district’s highest profile recreation areas because of its location on the highway, which serves as the main travel corridor across central Nevada, and its proximity to Great Basin National Park. The recreation area serves local residents, visitors from southern Nevada, travelers crossing the state and, ever more frequently, park visitors. Recreation area users’ interests range from camping, fishing, hiking and hunting to horseback riding, mountain biking and panning for gold.
The recreation area was initially constructed in 1993 with federal highway funding obtained through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A legacy for Users program. It was temporarily closed in July 2013 and reconstructed through Round 12 of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, or SNPLMA. The reconstruction cost about $375,000.
For more information, go to http://on.doi.gov/1rxHjC1 or contact Larry Martin, BLM Ely District civil engineering technician, at (775) 289-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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