The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to raise individual and motorcycle entrance fees in 2018.
The fee increase proposal is part of a larger National Park Service (NPS) initiative to standardize fees for park units 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:
Current Entrance Fees:
$10 Individual (walk up or bicycle)
$15 per person on a motorcycle
$25 private vehicle
Proposed Entrance Fees:
$12 Individual (walk up or bicycle)
$20 per motorcycle
$25 private vehicle [NO CHANGE]
All entrance passes are valid for up to seven days at the park where they were purchased. The Southeast Utah Parks Pass ($50.00) is valid for one year through the month of purchase and admits one (1) private, non-commercial vehicle or its pass holder to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments
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 Senior, Access or Military Passes.
Both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are strong economic engines for the surrounding area. In 2016, nearly 2.4 million park visitors contributed $309 million dollars to the local economy, and supported over 3,800 jobs related to tourism.
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 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 S. 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.
Deadline for comments on the proposed fee increase is September 1, 2017.
Planning and Compliance
National Park Service
2282 SW Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532