Proposed Fee Changes at Shenandoah National Park
In compliance with a nation-wide review being conducted by the National Park Service to standardize entrance fees throughout the National Park System, officials at Shenandoah National Park are inviting the public to comment on proposed entrance fees increases at Shenandoah. No increase in camping fees is currently proposed.
In a memo dated September 5, 2014, to all National Park Service superintendents, Director Jon Jarvis, authorized them to begin the civic engagement process associated with increasing entrance fees within units of the National Park System. As part of a process to standardize entrance fees, every park in the system has been placed in a particular category (called a Tier Group) based on size, complexity of operations and typical visitation patterns. To arrive at greater consistency around the Service, parks have been asked to bring their fees into compliance with others within their Tier Group. Shenandoah National Park is within Tier Group 3. Other similar parks within Tier Group 3 include Acadia, Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier, Denali and Zion National Parks, among others.
The Entrance Fee for parks within Tier Group 3 is $25 per car for a 7-day permit. Shenandoah's entrance fee is currently $15 per car in the summer and $10 in the winter. The park is also proposing to eliminate the summer/winter fee differential. The fee for a 7-day pass for motorcycles would go from $10 to $20, and the cost of a 7-day pass for a single person (on foot or a bicycle) would go from $8 to $12. Under the current proposal, the cost of an Annual Park Pass would increase from $30 to $50. The new fees would become effective May 1, 2015. Shenandoah's current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006.
Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park.
The park is also proposing to begin to charge a fee of $10 per person for visitors participating in special ranger led tours to Rapidan Camp, President Hoover's former retreat and a National Historic Landmark located within the park. Under the proposal, children 12 and under would not be charged. The tours involve providing special transportation for a limited number of visitors and a dedicated ranger for a 3-hour program.
No increases in park camping fees are proposed. The park is proposing to move the group campsite currently at Loft Mountain to an underutilized area at Dundo Picnic Area, reducing conflicts within the main campground. Two group-sites will be established at Dundo each with a 20-person capacity. The cost per site will be $45.
Public Affairs Officer