Good news for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who love our national parks!
Earlier this month, the Interior Department backed away from a proposal for steep entrance fee hikes. Instead of doubling+ some entrance fees from the current $30 per vehicle to $70 per vehicle, entrance fees to the most popular parks will increase by $5, from $30 to $35 per vehicle. (From $25 per vehicle to $30 per vehicle at Mount Rainier, beginning June 1, 2018.) For background, see: NPS Proposes TRIPLING Entrance Fees.
Steep entrance fee hikes to the nation’s most popular parks – like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Grand Tetons – were proposed last fall by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The move drew widespread opposition. Lawmakers, governors of both parties and the public weighed in on the proposal, saying higher fees could exclude many Americans from enjoying national parks. The agency received more than 109,000 comments on the plan, most of them opposed.
The $35 per vehicle fee will apply at Bryce Canyon, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion national parks.
A full list of entrance fee changes is posted at https://www.nps.gov