Monday, June 17, 2013

Upscale campground proposed north of Moab

Imagine camping in a large canvas tent with wood floor, queen-sized bed, tables and chairs, catered meals and even a bottle of chilled champagne. That’s not a fantasy; it’s the type of resort a Montana-based company wants to establish seven miles north of Moab.

Moab Under Canvas Campground agent Jeff Pillus of Durango, Colo., spoke before the Grand County Planning and Zoning Commission on May 22 to explain the company’s vision for communing with the desert wilderness.

Pillus added that, for $300 per person per night, “you get everything.”

The upscale campground, which would feature teepees as well as tents, is proposed for 32 acres owned by Steven and Maurine Tanner. The Grand County Council has already granted a zone change from range and grazing to resort special. Now the company wants a conditional use permit for the site a mile north of the intersection of state Route 313 and U.S. 191.

Planning Commission members had lots of questions about the project. Read more: Moab Times-Independent