Deadline for comments on the proposed fee increase is tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 1.
The fee increase proposal is part of a larger NPS initiative to standardize fees for parks offering similar visitor services and experiences. The new revenue from the fee increases will be used to provide enhanced visitor services including repair and maintenance of facilities, capital improvements, enhanced amenities, resource protection, and additional visitor programs and services.
Under the fee increase proposal, the cost of entering Arches or Canyonlands national parks would change to $12 from $10 for individuals entering on foot or by bicycle, while motorcyclists would see the current $15 fee raised to $20. The fee for private vehicles to enter the parks, currently priced at $25, would not change.
All entrance receipts are valid for up to seven days at the park where they were purchased. The Southeast Utah National Parks Annual Pass, priced at $50, is valid for one year through the month of purchase and admits one private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder to Arches and Canyonlands national parks.
Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Senior Access or Military passes.
Comments regarding these fee increase proposals may be submitted electronically on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/arch_fee_increase_2018 or http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cany_fee_increase_2018. Comments may also be sent to: National Park Service, Southeast Utah Group, Attn: Planning and Compliance Coordinator, 2282 South West Resource Blvd., Moab, Utah 84532. Faxed comments may be sent to 435-719-2300.
Feedback from these comments will determine how, or if, fee increases will be implemented.