Zion National Park and other National Park Service (NPS) units that collect entrance fees and recreation fees from park visitors are beginning public engagement to seek comments on possible changes in park fees. Zion is proposing an increase to its camping, entrance, and wilderness permit fees. The last time entrance fees were increased at Zion was in 2007. The current camping fees date back to 2004 and wilderness permit fees to 2005.
Under the authority of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Zion retains 80% of the recreation fees it collects. Fee revenue from Zion National Park entrance stations and campgrounds has provided funding for over 24 major projects since 2010. All of the projects focused on improvements to visitor services, facilities, and visitor safety.
National Park entrance fees are not charged for persons under 16 years of age. Costs for passes covered under the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program will not be changed at this time. These passes include: Interagency Annual, Interagency Senior, Interagency Military, Interagency Access, and Volunteer. Additional information on each pass can be found at http://www.nps.gov
. These passes can be purchased at any National Park site.
The public comment period is open for 45 days from December 9, 2014 through January 23, 2015. Please access the National Park Service planning website to comment: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/zion. A public open house for the proposed fee increases for Zion National Park and its sister parks, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park, will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Cedar City- Brian Head Tourism Office from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The office is located at 581 North Main Street, Cedar City, UT 84721.
Last year, more than 2,800,000 park visitors visited Zion National Park, contributing $147,051,900 to the local economy and supporting 1,763 jobs related to the local tourism industry. For further information about Zion National Park, visit www.nps.gov/zion, and for further information about the 2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, visits http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm