Comment Period: Now through November 23, 2017.
The National Park Service is proposing to implement peak season entrance fees at 17 of its busiest national parks. During peak-season, the entrance fee will be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person. Additionally, the commercial tour entrance fee at these parks would also have a peak-season pricing. The annual America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass which provides free entrance to all parks for a year will remain $80. 80% of the money will remain in the park where it is collected. The other 20% will be spent on projects in other national parks. the National Park Service said the fee increases would raise $70 million more toward addressing an $11 billion backlog in park maintenance to repair deteriorating buildings, restrooms and roads.
The fact sheet on the NPS site does not mention Trump’s 2018 budget proposal to cut nearly $400 million from the parks. There are also bipartisan bills in Congress that would divert $12 billion in federal oil and gas royalties from the national treasury to fund the park maintenance backlog over 30 years.
To comment go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=83652