A brand new proposed National Park Service plan to eliminate crowds at popular parks while increasing revenue “for the backlog of maintenance projects” which has gone on for years sets a dangerous precedent of making our public lands unaffordable for families to visit. Should a drive down Skyline Drive in fall in Shenandoah National Park cost as much as a hotel room? We don’t think so, especially when it doesn’t at all affect the big percentage of pass holders who visit our National Parks.
Jumping entrance fees from $25 to $70 throws a big barrier up for young families and those with lesser means but the desire to spend their time in nature in our public lands, which should not be only for those who can afford these fees. Shenandoah, Yosemite, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, and 12 other parks fall under this current plan. Our biggest concern is that if implemented it will spread to other parks as well. We’ve already seen entrance fees nearly double this decade at Gulf Islands National Seashore, for instance.
Please read and share your comments with the National Park Service during the public comment period.
Public comment period open until December 22. Make your comments here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/proposedpeakseasonfeerates