SOUTHERN UTAH, Oct. 24, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A new plan from the National Park Service would more than double peak-season entrance fees at 17 of the country’s national parks — including Utah’s Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and Zion.
The NPS announced Tuesday that under its plan, the entry fee for a private vehicle would rise to $70 during peak season, the parks’ five busiest months per year. Motorcycle entries would increase to $50 and foot or bike entry fees would be $30.
The prices of an annual pass would remain at $80.
The increased fees would take effect on May 1, 2018, at Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion, according to the proposal. On June 1, prices would increase in Acadia, Rainier, Rocky Mountain, and Shenandoah.
In Joshua Tree National Park, the increase would take place as soon as possible, but no date was given.
“The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in the news release.
People may submit comments to the National Park Service within the next 30 days. To read the news release or find out how to submit a comment, click here.