Kaibab National Forest unveiled two new group camp sites to the public Thursday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ten-X Campground.
Tusayan District ranger Rick Stahn, left, and Kaibab National Forest supervisor Mike Williams cut the ribbon to mark the opening of Ten-X Campground’s two new group camping sites.
Each site features tables, shelters, campsite pads, trash and recycling bins. Group site A can accommodate 50 people while the smaller group site B can handle 25 people.
"We have a lot of talented people on the Kaibab National Forest who made this happen," said Mike Williams, forest supervisor. "We see this as a wonderful opportunity to add something to the community of Tusayan."
Rick Stahn, Tusayan District ranger, said the group sites create a nice situation for Ten-X Campground and the community. Charlotte Minor designed the sites, which opened last week but as of Thursday had not yet been used.
Liz Schubert, who works with the forest’s recreation staff, said the group sites were the result of surveys done in the 1990s.
The first survey was conducted by Northern Arizona University in 1992 and it was decided the public wanted a group area in the campground.
"In 1995, planning started to do a major upgrade in the campground but the public didn’t want anything too developed," Schubert said. "We went with the group area we have here."
The land Ten-X Campground sits on was originally homesteaded in 1912. The campground, named after the nearby Ten-X Ranch, was constructed in 1965 at a cost of $90,000. The area was primitive back then, including pit toilets.
In the 1970s, the campground was upgraded to 70 units and a water system was added.
The group sites were constructed partially out of campground-use income, but also out of Forest Service facilities funds.
"This honestly, I’d have to say, is one of the most impressive group sites I’ve seen in a campground," Schubert said.
The public can rent group site A for $100 per night and group site B for $75. The two sites can be rented together for $150. Reservations can be made at the Tusayan Ranger District office.
Williams said the fee structure will be monitored as time goes by "to see if we have the right one."
Last week’s event was attended by around a dozen Tusayan residents and Forest Service staff. After a few short speeches and the ribbon cutting, those in attendance enjoyed cake and punch.