In total the recreation area collected $613,643 in fees, with total expenditures of $482,078. An estimated 175,000 people, including those with Bureau of Land Management special recreation permits, visited in 2017.
According to Brand, the Sand Flats program provided management of the 7,809-acre recreation area at no cost to tax payers. Services included a staffed entrance booth from spring through fall, daily patrols of the recreation area and site-to-site compliance checks of all campsites, maintenance of all trails and trailheads and campsites, pumped, cleaned and stocked toilets and trash removal. Additionally, Brand said all vandalized, worn or deteriorated facilities were repaired. The recreation area provided employment for two high school apprentices, four seasonal workers and three year-round staff.
In her report to the council Brand stated that her department provided $5,000 to the Grand County Clerk/Auditor and $10,000 to Grand County Search and Rescue.