Do you love visiting Mount Rainier or Olympic national parks? How ‘bout Bryce Canyon or the Grand Canyon? Yellowstone, Yosemite, or Zion?
Well, guess what? A trip to all of these national parks could soon take a bigger bite out of your wallet.
Yes, friends. The National Park Service is proposing nearly tripling admission fees to some popular national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks.
The NPS says the increased fees are needed to “generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks.” Funds would be used to “improve facilities, infrastructure, and visitor services, with an emphasis on deferred maintenance projects.”
Right now, a one-time visit to Mount Rainier or Olympic national parks costs $25 per vehicle or $10 per person. The receipt is good for seven days. If the NPS fee hikes go through, that could nearly triple. Under the new proposal, peak season entrance fees at 17 parks listed below would be:
- $70 per vehicle
- $50 per motorcycle
- $30 per person.
According to the National Park Service:
The peak season for each park is defined as the busiest contiguous five month period as follows:
- May 1-September 30: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park
- June 1-October 31: Acadia National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park
- January 1-May 31: Joshua Tree National Park Fees would stay largely the same during off-peak, although the price of an annual pass would jump from $50 to $75.
Fees would stay largely the same for the off-season. But the price of an annual pass would jump from $50 to $75.
The public comment period on the proposed fee hike opened last Tuesday. It closes on November 23.
Image: Lake Quinault. Quinault is located in the southwest portion of Olympic National Park.