User fees at Glamis will increase starting Oct. 1, 2013 the Bureau of Land Management recently announced. Costs of managing the site, officially known as the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, have climbed over the past decade, while visitors and revenues have fallen steadily since 2007, officials said. The fee hike will help fund emergency medical services, law enforcement, search and rescue, and facilities maintenance.
Weekly fees will increase $10, to $35 for those purchased off-site and $50 for those purchased on-site; season permits will now cost $150, a $60 increase. The new fees will help close a $1.5 million budget gap, said Neil Hamada, the dunes manager. The agency already has cut non-emergency services, including clean-up days, off-highway vehicle registration events, outreach and education events, and safety courses.