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Little Sahara Recreation Area To Reopen May 13, BLM Says

May 7, 2020, 3:56 PM | Updated: 3:56 pm
The BLM Fillmore Field Office plans to reopen the Little Sahara Recreation Area on Wednesday, May 1...
The BLM Fillmore Field Office plans to reopen the Little Sahara Recreation Area on Wednesday, May 13 following updates to COVID-19-related restrictions that the State of Utah and the Central Utah Public Health Department recently implemented. (Photo: Utah BLM/Twitter)
(Photo: Utah BLM/Twitter)

NEPHI, Utah – Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced they plan to reopen Little Sahara Recreation Area on May 13.

“The BLM will implement social distancing and dispersed camping restrictions when we rescind the emergency closure order,” officials said in a release. “Until the BLM rescinds the order, the recreation area remains closed.”

Little Sahara, which is composed of 60,000 acres of sagebrush flats, juniper-covered hills and free-moving sand dunes in Juab County, was closed due to coronavirus concerns on March 26.

Officials said the area may receive up to 30,000 visitors during busy spring weekends. The weekend before the area was closed, an estimated 15,000 people visited the area.

BLM officials said current Little Sahara season passes will be extended by two months due to the previous closure.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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Little Sahara Recreation Area To Reopen May 13, BLM Says