National Park fees may jump to $70 per carload, $50 per motorcycle and $30 per person who is on bike or on foot...
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing to raise entrance fees at some of the nation's busiest parks, including four in Utah, to help pay for more than $11 billion in growing maintenance projects.
The National Park Service is buckling under a deferred maintenance backlog of $11.3 billion with restrooms, roads, bridges and trails in need of improvements. In Utah, at least $291 million in needed improvements are going unfunded.
“The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” Zinke said.
“Targeted fee increases at some of our most visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and tha visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting."
Under the proposal, peak-season entrance fees would be established at 17 national parks of $70 per carload, $50 per motorcycle and $30 per person who is on bike or on foot. The peak season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation.