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National Park Fees to Increase Less Than Planned

National Park Fees to Increase Less Than Planned

Tourists and photographers in Grand Canyon National Park in October 2016. (Tritolion/Dreamstime)

By    |   Friday, 13 April 2018 09:55 AM

National park entrance fees will still be going up, but not by as much as originally planned, CNN reported.

The National Park Service announced Thursday that the price hike was an effort to raise funds that can help cover the mounting costs of maintaining 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments.

Entrance fees to most national parks would increase by $5 per seven-day vehicle passes, and this would come into effect at many venues from June 1, 2018.

For major parks such as The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain, fees will increase from $30 to $35 per vehicle and to $70 for an annual pass.

The money generated from the increase will go straight back into the NPS, with about 80 percent of the revenue being redistributed into the park that collected the money.

However, more than two-thirds of national parks will remain free to enter, according to NPS.

The price hikes are moderate in comparison to the initial amounts proposed in October last year by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who suggested that entrance fees for 17 of the most visited parks across the country be increased from $25 to $70.

In a statement, Zinke said that the aging infrastructure of the national parks was "in need of renovation and restoration" and that the increase would help ensure that the venues "are protected and preserved."

However, after being inundated by opposition on its website during a 30-day public comment period, the NPS was forced to rethink the price hike.

Zinke said the revised entrance fee increase was more balanced and would form part of a multi-tiered approach to address the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog.

"This is just one of the ways we are carrying out our commitment to ensure that national parks remain world-class destinations that provide an excellent value for families from all income levels," he said in a statement.

However, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, the Democrat sitting on the committee that oversees federal funding for the National Park Service, said he did not believe that the increase was justified, CNN noted.

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The National Park Service announced entrance fee price hikes Thursday to help cover the mounting costs of maintaining 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments, but the increases are much smaller than previously planned.
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