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US National Park Service Raises Fees

Photo: Zion National Park

Washington, DC – The National Park Service (NPS) announced (April 12) changes to the entrance fees charged at 117 national parks as part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure that is critical to the visitor experience. The changes will be implemented in many of the parks that charge entrance fees beginning June 1, 2018. More than two-thirds of national parks will remain free to enter.

In response to public comments received regarding a fee proposal released in October 2017, there will be a modest increase for all fee-charging parks, rather than the higher peak-season fees initially proposed only for 17 highly visited national parks. In November 2017, the NPS extended the original 30-day public comment period by an additional 30 days to accommodate the more than 100,000 comments submitted by the public on the proposal. This new fee structure addresses many of the concerns and ideas provided by the public regarding how to best address fee revenue for parks.

The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes will remain the same.

Key Links
https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/hot-topics.htm

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/hot-topics.htm#CP_JUMP_5687911

https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/10-24-2017-fee-changes-proposal.htm

how entrance fees are used

complete list of park entrance fees

Examples

Grand Canyon National Park

Park-Specific Annual Pass Per Vehicle Per Person Per Motorcycle
Current $60 $30 $15 $25
June 1, 2018 $70 $35 $20 $30

Joshua Tree National Park

Park-Specific Annual Pass Per Vehicle Per Person Per Motorcycle
Current $40 $25 $12 $12
June 1, 2018 $55 $30 $15 $25

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Park-Specific Annual Pass Per Vehicle Per Person Per Motorcycle
Current $40 $20 $10 $15
June 1, 2018 $45 $25 $15 $20

Questions

  • How does the USA compare to other countries when charging for park access?

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