Sego Trailhead Expansion Joins Public, Private Forces to Expand Access for Backcountry Users

News for Immediate Release
July 19, 2023
Contact: Katie DeLorenzo, 505-410-6284, 
[email protected]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT. — In a multi-agency and organization collaboration, Utah Backcountry Hunters & Anglers helped complete a trailhead expansion, clean-up, and infrastructure installation project at a popular access site in the Book Cliffs area of the state.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Utah Schools and Institutional Trust Lands and onX Hunt were part of the conception and completion of this project.

UDWR and SFW spent two days with heavy equipment expanding the parking to allow trucks and trailers room to use the trailhead unencumbered. This trailhead is extremely small, and this site sees large and ever-expanding populations of backcountry horsemen, hikers, hunters and anglers. This expansion also opened up additional camping sites for those willing to use those resources.

Volunteers using heavy equipment at the trailhead

Volunteers from BHA worked with the UDWR to install an information kiosk and ten hitching posts to be used by backcountry horsemen, who frequent the Book Cliffs along with hikers, hunters, backpackers, and other outdoor recreators. The kiosk provides a trailhead map to delineate parking and camping, and also includes an informational panel which stresses front and backcountry travel and camping ethics.

“The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is grateful to all the partners who collaborated on the Sego trailhead improvement project,” said Makeda Hanson, Utah DWR Southeastern Habitat Program Manager. “The project evolved over several months through the guidance, advice, and experience of everyone involved. Without the help of all the interested parties, improvements would not have been as effective to all user-groups. The DWR would like to thank all the organizations and individuals who contributed ideas and labor.”

A stewardship project grant from onX Hunt supported the cost of the kiosk. “Stewardship projects” are those that rehabilitate or restore land where overuse or abuse are negatively impacting recreation and wildlife habitat, as well as those that build sustainable trails or restore trails that need maintenance, especially those at risk of closure. Money can be used for construction costs including materials, hired labor, equipment rental, and tools, and this grant funding allowed this project to get off the ground.

“We are incredibly excited to have the logos of BHA and onX Hunt at this critical access point to one of the most treasured backcountry areas in the state,” said Utah BHA Vice Chair, Caitlin Curry. “OnX continues to be an excellent partner in conservation for BHA.”

This collaboration between agencies, sportsmen’s groups, and onX is an incredible example of the work possible when conservation is the primary goal. We are excited to announce this project’s completion and look forward to many more!

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