Several background issues guide the development program. This land is in the middle of publicly-owned park. Historically, it has been used for off-road vehicles, hunting, horseback riding, and other forms of recreation. In addition, the Snake River Canyon is a sensitive environmental resource and any development will need to incorporate and protect this wonderful natural resource.

There are ways to address and incorporate them into the programming and design. These include:


Creating a hub or center for public access, which may include a visitor’s center, facilities for recreational concessions (ATVs, hiking, riding, rock-climbing, etc. All of this will be managed by the SRCP Board.)


Create a campground for recreational vehicles and low-cost visitation.


Facilities within the hospitality operation will be made available to the public.


Facilities within the hospitality operation will be made available to the public.


Conference facilities in this environment would be an asset to spur the public use and enjoyment.


Design must create a visual impact that is in harmony with the landscape, as illustrated to the right


Three different approaches to a hospitality project associated with these public improvements have merit.


A small lodge or cluster of 30 to 50 units of rooms or residences that may operate as a private hotel, a condominium hotel, or divided ownership facility. A similar facility would be the successful Roaring Fork Club in Snowmass, Colorado but without golf facilities.


A conference center with approximately 150 rooms, with a family or church orientation. A similar facility would be comparable to Aspen Grove in Sundance, Utah.


A 250 room recreation and conference-oriented hotel. A similar facility might be the El Tovar Lodge on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.