Massive entrance fee hike proposed for Zion, Yosemite and others
NewsAuthor: Steven Shaw
Visiting your favorite national parks may soon cost more than double. The Department of Interior has announced a plan that would raise entrance fees in 17 of our nation’s most popular national parks to $70 during peak season, which is being defined as the park’s five busiest months of the year.
During peak season the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle; $50 per motorcycle; and $30 per person on bike or foot. A park-specific annual pass for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75.
The $80 annual America the Beautiful pass which allows entrance to all federal recreation lands would not be affected.
Fees would increase for the following national parks:
- Bryce Canyon
- Grand Canyon
- Grand Teton
- Joshua Tree
- Mount Rainier
- Rocky Mountain
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon
A public comment period will be open from October 24, 2017 to November 23, 2017, on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website. Written comments can be sent to: 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.
The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting. We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today. Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that.”
The increased fees would bring in $70 million in new national park revenue, a 34 percent increase over 2016, the park service release stated.
The majority of national parks will remain free to enter. Right now only 118 of 417 NPS sites charge an entrance fee.