SALT LAKE CITY — The National Park Service has extended the public comment periods for proposed peak-season entrance fees at 17 national parks and revised fees for road-based commercial tours.
Comments, which were due Thursday, will now be accepted until Dec. 22.
Under the proposal, peak-season entrance fees would be established at 17 highly visited national parks. The peak season for each park would include its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation.
The fee for a seven-day pass to each park would be $70 per private, noncommercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person on bike or foot. A park-specific annual pass for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75.
According to the park service, the increased fees would generate needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. Already, more than 65,000 comments have been received.2 comments on this story
The proposed new fee structure would be implemented at Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks, with peak season starting on May 1, 2018; in Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain and Shenandoah National Parks, with peak season starting on June 1; and in Joshua Tree National Park as soon as practical in 2018.
Comments can be submitted online at parkplanning.nps.gov/proposedpeakseasonfeerates. Written comments can be sent to 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, D.C. 20240.