Comment Period Extended on National Park Fee Increase
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 22, 2017
The National Park Service is giving people more time to weigh in on a proposed fee increase at 17 of its most popular parks.
Visitors would be charged $70 per vehicle, up from the current $30 fee, during the five busiest months of the year. The comment period had been scheduled to end Thursday. The new deadline is Dec. 22.
Most of the 17 sites are in the West, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion. The Park Service says it would raise $70 million annually under the proposal. The revenue would fund maintenance and infrastructure projects.
The Park Service said it wanted to accommodate interest from Congress and the public. More than 65,000 comments already have been submitted.