Shelf Road Campground Host

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U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management

Campground Description

The Shelf Road Recreation Area is celebrated as one of Colorado’s premier sport rock climbing destinations. With over 1,000 climbing routes mapped, good access to climbing walls, and top-notch scenery, the site attracts well over 10,000 visitors a year. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages two adjacent fee-for-service campgrounds, Sand Gulch campground and The Bank campground. The BLM is seeking campground hosts to represent the BLM as front-line ambassadors responsible for providing a welcoming environment to campers and day-use visitors.

Most of the area’s 10,000+annual visitors are recreating for the day, but the campgrounds do stay active during the busy shoulder seasons, which are spring and autumn. The two campgrounds are used primarily by the rock climbing enthusiasts. Overall, The Bank campground, which also includes day use parking for the trail head to the climbing walls, includes 33 campsites, two group sites, four vault toilets and one campground host site with a septic tank. Located less than a mile away is the Sand Gulch campground, with one vault toilet and 16 campsites. Both campgrounds are on managed through, with half of the campsites being reservation-based and the other half being first come, first serve.

This is a new position and the timing is flexible for host duties. The busy season begins in September and ends mid-May. June, July, and August are slower months in this area due to the hot weather. Winter is sporadically warm and cold with fluctuating visitor use. The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is looking for hosts to fill a three month duration of duties that can be renewed at the end of the term, if the arrangement is mutually agreeable. This position is ideal for hosts who have summer commitments in other locations or are looking for a shorter-duration assignment.

Area Description

The Shelf Road area is located approximately 10 miles north of Canon City, Colorado. Local tourism attractions include rafting and fishing on the Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge Bridge, Royal Gorge Scenic train rides, hiking and mountain biking trails, and local museums. With a population of 16,000 residents, Canon City town has 2 grocery stores, Walmart, hardware stores, restaurants, coffee shops, a library, a brewery, a movie theater and more . Colorado Springs and Pueblo are nearby major metropolitan areas and both are located approximately 1 hour away.


Camp hosts work approximately 30 hours per week with two consecutive days off per week. Daily shifts are usually split between morning and evening rounds, generally with free time midday. The two days off will typically be scheduled mid-week as hosts are expected to work weekends and holidays. These hours can be worked by an individual or divided between a couple. A timesheet will be recorded to track hours logged and help develop time requirements.

Hosting duties include, but are not limited to:

· Monitoring and assisting with the reservation system at both campgrounds. This may include writing names on site posts in reserved campsites or ensuring that reservation sites do not become occupied with campers that don’t hold the reservation

· routine bathroom cleaning and monitoring, stock toilet paper and sweep

· monitoring campground for visitor security, fee compliance, and potential safety hazards

· light maintenance duties such as minor maintenance on fences or kiosk, trim weeds in parking areas and campsites

· routine daily litter pickup throughout campgrounds

· routine fire-ring monitoring and cleaning; daily interactions with visitors; including answering questions regarding area recreational opportunities; and informing visitors of rules and regulations within the campground and adjacent area

· reporting to BLM recreation staff when repairs are needed or incidents occur

· checking campers' fee and reservation compliance and removing expired stubs once campers leave, stocking fee envelopes and other supplies as needed.


We are looking for a campground host for a three month assignment. Terms may be renewed at the end of the 3 month term if mutually agreeable to the host and to the BLM. The blocks that are needed are:

· March-May

· June-August

· Sept-November


Host receives:

· Complimentary campsite with septic tank

· Reimbursement up to $20/day (camp rate per diem)

· Hosts are eligible to be reimbursed $0.14 per mile for use of their personally-owned vehicle in the performance of duties. Reimbursement requires tracking mileage and completing the required paperwork in a timely manner.

Opportunity to meet new people, discover and explore the Front Range of Colorado. Supplies necessary for performing duties of the position. Training will be provided for any equipment the host is not familiar with using.

Host will need:

· Background check, provided by BLM

· Reliable transportation

· Water jugs and ability to transport water to the site.


· Cell phone service is okay but can be spotty in the campgrounds.

· Due to the steepness of the access road, there is a limitation to the size of RVs brought in. Longer pull behind fifth wheels are not recommended.

· There is no on-site water supply or electricity. BLM can possibly assist with water jugs.

Start Date - 2021-12-07

End Date - 2022-05-31

Activities include: Campground/Site Host

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: Camp Sites

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About U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management


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Mission Statement

The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


The BLM manages 245 million acres of public lands and 700 million acres of mineral estate. These public lands and subsurface acres are integral to the lives and livelihoods of communities and families across the country. We promote multiple-use on public lands to maximize opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities. This promotes healthy and productive public lands that create jobs in local communities while supporting traditional land uses such as responsible energy development, timber harvesting, grazing, and recreation, including hunting and fishing.

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Canon City, CO 81212



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