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Proposal for Expanded Amenity Fee for Transponder Device - 2022

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Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public input on a proposed $15 expanded amenity fee to provide voluntary fast pass automated gate transponders to interested visitors with valid annual or lifetime passes.

In 2004, Rocky Mountain National Park constructed a fast pass lane at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and in 2011, an additional fast pass lane was installed at the Grand Lake Entrance. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the only national parks that has a fast pass lane for visitors. Visitors who purchased an annual park pass or lifetime pass were able to use their pass to operate the automated gate.

However, in 2019, the National Park Service modified the format of annual and lifetime passes. The new national passes are not compatible with the park's existing fast pass gate system technology and the fast pass gate has not been operational for the last few years. Based upon this technological challenge, the park is proposing to transition to windshield transponders for interested annual and lifetime pass holders to access the fast pass lane, outside of any pilot timed entry permit reservation system times.

A transponder is a small, credit card-sized device that attaches to a vehicle's window. Transponders are not removable or transferable and would function for the lesser of one year or through the expiration month of an existing valid annual pass.  If the park moves forward with this proposal, the park would anticipate initiating transponder sales late spring of 2023.

For more details on this proposal, visit park's website link:

Or click on "Document List" on the left side of the screen. There you will find Frequently Asked Questions on RMNP's Proposal for Expanded Amenity Fee for Transponder Device.

Public engagement is an important part of the park's planning process. Comments on the proposed voluntary expanded amenity fee will be accepted beginning July 1 and must be received in writing by close of business on July 31, 2022. To leave a comment on the project, click the "Open for Comment" link located on the left side of the screen.

Contact Information

Rocky Mountain National Park Information Office at 970-586-1206.