National Parks Near Us Considering A 180% Fee Hike
In an effort to raise money for maintenance and repairs, the National Park Service is proposing a steep increase in fees for some of their most popular their western parks.
It could cost you $70 to park your car during peak season. Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Zion, Sequoia, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Olympic, Kings Canyon, Acadia, Mount Rainier, and Shenandoah National Parks would use the money to repair and maintain their parks. That money will come out of your pocket if you visit.
"Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, 80% of an entrance fee remains in the park where it is collected. The other 20% is spent on projects in other national parks."
If you have a motorcycle, the price could double and could cost you $50. Just walking in could cost you $30. Here’s the breakdown:
Motorcycle fee: $50 – up from $15-$25
Walking visitors: $30 – up from $10-$15
Private vehicles: $70 – up from $25-$30
The National Park Service hopes to get an extra $70 million a year to help them with their stewardship of our heavily used national parks now and for future generations.
The higher fees would apply during the five busiest months of the year, May through September.
"A public comment period on the peak-season entrance fee proposal will be open from October 24, 2017 to November 23, 2017, on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/proposedpeakseasonfeerates. Written comments can be sent to 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240." -NPS.gov