It could cost $70 to get into Rocky Mountain National Park

Michele Moreno
October 27, 2017

It also wants to nearly triple the fees that visitors would have to pay to enter some of the most popular parks, including Olympic, Rainier, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite. Peak seasons are defined as the five-month period in which the park gets the most visitors.

In addition to hiking admission fees at the highly-frequented Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion National Parks, the plan would raise the price of entry at Utah's Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Zion parks; California's Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Joshua Tree parks; Montana's Glacier; Wyoming's Grand Teton; Washington's Mount Rainier and Olympic; as well as Shenandoah in Virginia; Acadia in Maine; Rocky Mountain in Colorado; and Denali in Alaska.

The NPS is accepting public comment for the proposal through November 23.

As Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said in the press release, "The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration".

Overall, however, the Trump administration's budget proposal calls for significant cuts to the park service in 2018, decreasing its funding by $296.6 million compared with this year.

The NPS is also proposing revised fees for commercial tours.

The rate hike would affect the 17 national parks that already drive the most revenue.

The $10 or $15 fee for a person entering a park on foot or riding a bicycle, would be raised to $30. Annual passes are available for parks nationwide, and discounts are available for military members, fourth-graders, seniors and volunteers.

The National Park Service announced the proposed fee hikes Tuesday.

Under the proposal, peak-season entrance fees would be established at 17 national parks.

So on Wednesday, NPS unveiled its latest effort to fill that hole-higher entrance fees at 17 of the most visited sites in the system.

Aging infrastructure including roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms and other visitor services are certainly in need of maintenance, especially when you consider that national parks are seeing more and more visitors each and every year - those increased visits takes a toll on everything in place. The new per-vehicle charges would occur in parks that now charge per-car fees.

The cost of an annual pass, which permits entrance into all federal lands and parks, would remain at $80. The public can submit comments here.

"I know our town can't support all the people who want to lodge here during the peak season", McDonald said.

And, say if you're paying $70 to get into Rocky Mountain National Park, 80 percent of that will stay there and 20 percent will go to other national parks across country. It received a record-breaking 331 million visits in 2016, which marked the third year in a row the park numbers surged past the previous year, CNN reported. "The national parks offer SO MUCH MORE".

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