Guest Opinion: National park entry fees are vital

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  • Helen M Kimball Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2019 10:02 p.m.

    @strider303

    What thoughtful ideas.

    I strongly support use fees/taxes on most of what we do. Charge those who use the services.

    The entrance fees are really only a small portion of the overall budget. You should pay your share.

    Contrary to what Elizabeth Warren thinks. Now that Biden is in, please drop out Warren.

  • Flipphone , 00
    April 27, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Flipphone - , 00, If you want Moab to be a nice quite place, close the National park completely. Business opportunities determine the noise, that only exist because of the park.

    As I have stated .... The surest way to destroy a pristine environment is to designate it a National Park or Monument.

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    April 26, 2019 10:35 p.m.

    I support fees for National Parks, Monuments and whatever the NPS maintains. I bought one of those Senior Passes some years ago and have used it quite a bit. Based on my experience I suggest Senior Passes, and other "passes" have a realistic purchase price, maybe for openers, $50-$100 and an annual renewall fee of around $75.

    Reasoning is that if you're serious about visiting National Parks/Monuments/etc. more than once or several parks repeatedly on trips, the cost is minimal. Disneyland and other theme parks are more expensive. The renewal fee helps maintain the parks and gives the NPS some idea of potential repeat customers.

    Also let the NPS set up tax-free foundations for repairs and maintenance to which we can donate. Money donated can go to a specific site or to a general fund.

    I also suggest making volunteer labor groups permissible, where appropriate to clear brush, maintain trails and do general labor duties or permit craftspersons to donate skilled labor for specific projects.

    Being able to work on a park project will give a greater sense of ownership to us as citizens and be an additional voice for needed funding.

    Yes, hold a bake sale for the Parks.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 26, 2019 7:43 p.m.

    In my opinion:

    National Parks belong to every American, there should be no entrance fee. If there are concerns about the access and availability there should be rules not related to money.

    Flipphone - , 00, If you want Moab to be a nice quite place, close the National park completely. Business opportunities determine the noise, that only exist because of the park.

    In my opinion, the local business should pay for the Park maintenance, like they do for other enticements to customers. America as whole should not subsidize private business.

  • Flipphone , 00
    April 26, 2019 3:11 p.m.

    As I have stated many times the sorest way to distroy a pristine area is by turning the area into National Park or Monument.

    That being said, what to do with the National Parks and Monuments that have become a congested nightmare? ... Raise the fee's ! hopefully that will reduce the number of visitors and save these pristine areas from further destruction.

    Once Moab was once a nice quite place .... It no longer is.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 26, 2019 11:22 a.m.

    increase the entrance fees. Doing so would have a number of benefits; first, it would reduce the demand on the parks, and second, it would increase funds available for maintenance.

    If you're going to spend $200 in gas to drive there, $190 / night for a hotel, $60 / day for food, is an increase in the entrance fee from $25 to $35 or even $50 really going to make you stay home?

    and what about those who fly in and rent cars, or come from other countries? are they suddenly going to stop because the entrance fee goes up $20-$30?

    warren is just trying to buy votes.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 26, 2019 9:54 a.m.

    The busiest Nat. Parks need to have a reservation system. The parks were not established for our entertainment but to protect and preserve the environment in which they sit. Let the experts determine what the level of visitation can be, not the local chamber of commerce or some bureaucrats sitting in government.