Is $70 Too Big A Fee For A National Park? Tell The Government!

National Parks: A Look At The Budget

KUSA - The National Parks Service says many of America’s most iconic spots are seeing more wear-and-tear on their aging infrastructure.

On Tuesday, the NPS released a plan to do something about it.

The proposal in question wants to raise peak-season entrance fees at the 17 most popular national parks 

This would mean that, during the busiest five months of the year, it would cost $70 per car to get into the park, $50 for a motorcycle and $30 per person.

As it stands right now, it's $30 to get into Rocky Mountain National Park for the week, and $10 for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles. 

Under the new proposal, annual passes, meanwhile, would cost $75 and the one-year America the Beautiful Pass – which gets you into every national park – will still be $80 a year, according to a news release posted on the NPS website.

Should the proposal go into effect, it will cost $70 to drive into Rocky Mountain National Park starting in June 2018.

"That's a lot, I mean for one day, that just seems like a lot,” said Tanya Kittell.

Tanya and her husband, Jeff, are visiting from Michigan, and paid for a day-pass. They say, if it cost them $70, they wouldn’t have come.

"I mean it's nature,” said Tanya. “And I know there's stuff to maintain, like the roads and everything, but that just seems steep for a national park.”

The NPS says if implemented, the proposal could increase national park revenue by $70 million a year – a 34 percent increase over what was collected last year, according to the news release.

And, say if you’re paying $70 to get into Rocky Mountain National Park, 80 percent of that will stay there and 20 percent will go to other national parks across country.

Obviously, this is just a proposal, meaning there’s no guarantee it’s what will actually happen.

PUT YOUR 2 CENTS IN! 

A public comment period on the proposal starts Tuesday and goes until Nov. 23. You can share your thoughts here: http://bit.ly/2yMe5IB

These are the other parks that would be impacted should this come to fruition:

-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, 2018; and in Joshua Tree National Park as soon as practicable in 2018.

WFMY & KUSA


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