As many of you know not all National Parks charge an entrance fee. However, there are several that do. On October 24th, 2017 the National Parks service announced a proposal to increase the fee of 17 national parks to $70.00 in order to pay for needed infrastructure repair and upgrades.
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke says "The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration. Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting. We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today. Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that."
Currently these parks charge $25-$30 depending on the park. The annual pass for all national parks remains unchanged at $80.00. Here are the ones affected by the proposal:
Starting Peak Season May 1st, 2018
- Bryce Canyon
- Grand Canyon
- Grand Teton
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon
- Zion National Park
Starting Peak Season June 1st, 2018
- Mount Rainier
- Rocky Mountain
- Shenandoah National Parks
Starting as soon as practicable in 2018
- Joshua Tree National Park
So, what do you think of this new pricing structure? Will it affect your plans to visit these park? Please, leave comments below.