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National Park Service Raises Entry Fees

National Park Service Raises Entry Fees

"While Secretary Zinke flies around on private jets using our taxpayer dollars, he is hiking up the fees all American families pay to enjoy our National Parks", Cantwell said in a statement.

The costs for both motorcycles, cyclist and pedestrians would also go up during peak season, which is a five-month time span that differs slightly depending on the park. 12 parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Zion) would see their peak season start on May 1, 2018.

They're accepting public comment on the proposal through November 23 via this form on their website. "All CUA fees stay within the collecting park and would fund rehabilitation projects for buildings, facilities, parking lots, roads and wayside exhibits that would enhance the visitor experience".

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement that the price bump "will help ensure that [the parks] are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the wonderful destinations they are visiting".

The National Park Service says the increase would help pay for badly needed improvements to roads, bridges, and campgrounds.

The National Park Service is also proposing entrance and permit fee adjustments for commercial tour operators.

The $10 or $15 fee for a person entering a park on foot or riding a bicycle, would be raised to $30.

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There is no proposed fee increase for the annual pass for the whole park system, but those for specific parks will increase.

The admission fee to visit some of America's most popular national parks could skyrocket to $70 as officials look for ways to shore up funding to fix billions of dollars in aging infrastructure. At others, the hike is almost triple, from $25 to $70.

"We should be encouraging more people to get outdoors and enjoy our great natural wonders instead of discouraging them by raising park entrance fees".

These draconian proposals come at a time when national parks are grappling with both record numbers of visitors and a large - $11 billion and growing - maintenance backlog.

"We are always open to peoples' ideas on how we can take care of the resources - the infrastructure as well as the parks themselves - to better serve the visitors", Olson said.

The new park fees aren't official yet. Those who value national park visits, regardless of race or income level, will commit to spending $70 to get into a park, González says, but the math isn't so simple for those who aren't enthusiasts. "The national parks offer SO MUCH MORE".

Park-specific annual passes for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75 while the cost of the annual America the lovely passes, which provide entrance to all federal lands for a one-year period, would remain $80.