Camp trailers, ATVs lead rentals at Outdoor Rec

Jun 17 2010 - 3:47pm

It could be said that Outdoor Recreation, located in Building 805, is your one-stop shop for all things outdoors. From tents to bikes, fishing boats and campers, to skis and white water rafting trips, the Outdoor Rec office has much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts -- beginners and professionals alike.

Along with offering trips and outdoor equipment, the Outdoor Rec office also functions as the host for several on-base clubs and services.

"We do the Rod and Gun Club, the Archery Club and the Equestrian Club," Melanie Salazar, a recreational aide, said.

"We also do garden plots," she added, mentioning that there are still several garden plots open and the cost is only $10, which is for water provided through November of this year.

This summer, however, the most popular items so far have been camp trailers and ATVs. Salazar noted that all persons renting out a camp trailer must have a trailer brake controller, which is a device that sits underneath the towing vehicle's dashboard and supplies power from the towing vehicle to the trailer's electric brakes.

As for the ATVs, their rental includes one helmet and a full tank of gas, Salazar said. But, just like a rental car, renters must bring back their ATV with a full tank of gas or else pay for the Outdoor Rec office to fill it back up.

Also popular during the summer is the office's selection of 3-, 6- and 8-person tents.

"On holiday weekends our tents go fast," said Debbie Whittington, a recreational aide.

The Outdoor Rec office not only rents out equipment, they also sell it. Currently for sale are several pairs of men's and women's high performance downhill skis ranging in price from $200 to $525.

Another big hit at the Outdoor Rec office is the plethora of camping, hiking, ATV and white water rafting trips.

Upcoming trips include:

*Jackson Hole White Water Rafting: July 9-11, July 23-25, Aug. 6-8 or Aug. 20-22 -- cost is $125/person (includes transportation, campground for two nights, raft and equipment, four meals and a trip guide).

The trip includes camping, white water rafting on the Snake River and a visit to Jackson Hole.

Campers should note that they must bring their own camping gear, rain gear, towels, sunscreen, and other personal items, plus money for two lunches and one breakfast.

*Family Overnight Campout in Centennial Park: July 30-31, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. -- cost is free.

This family-flavored campout will feature children's crafts, sports activities, a nature walk, interactive displays by the Ogden Nature Center, and, of course, s'mores and ghost stories.

"It's good for families who have never camped out," Whittington said. "If it doesn't work out you can just go home."

To sign up for the Family Campout, please call the 75th Force Support Squadron Marketing Office at (801) 775-2084 or e-mail Edie Messina at edie.messina@hill.af.mil.

*Bryce Canyon National Park Family Campout: Sept. 17-19 -- cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children (includes transportation, two dinners and two breakfasts, one lunch, campground and a trip guide).

Campers will start out at Sunset Campground in Southern Utah and take a tour of Bryce Canyon the next day.

"We had tons of fun at Bryce Canyon last year," said Chris Breck, trip director for the Outdoor Rec office. "We reserved it again last year on the day after we got back."

Participants should note that they must bring their own tent, sleeping bags, personal items and water bottles. Hats are also recommended.

Services available

Another service offered by the Outdoor Rec office and Breck is the ability to organize trips for groups or squadrons. When he's not organizing, Breck acts as a guide for many of the Outdoor Rec trips and even cooks meals for his campers on a Dutch oven.

Also notable is Carter Creek Camp, a camping facility for active duty, Reservists and retired military, Department of Defense civilians assigned to Hill, and their guests. The camp is located on the north slope of the Uintah Mountains.

The facility, which is open from July 1 to Oct. 31, offers a choice of five one-bedroom cabins, one two-bedroom cabin and two trailers. Along with sleeping accommodations, there are picnic tables, a fire pit, an activity area, and showers and restrooms.

"A lot of the weekends are booked but we do have some openings during the week," Whittington noted.

All reservations and price inquiries for outdoor equipment, trailers and fishing boats, along with trip and Carter Creek Camp sign-ups, should be made through the Outdoor Recreation office. The office is located in Building 805 and reservations can also be made by phone at (801) 777-9666 or (801) 777-2225.

The Outdoor Recreation office is operating on their summer hours schedule and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays.

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