The peak season entrance fee for a seven-day pass to each park would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person on bike or foot. Visitors on foot or bicycle would pay $30, up from the $10 to $15.
The entrance fee increases would impact: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Acadia, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, and Joshua Tree National Parks.
The original comment period was scheduled to end on Thursday.
Fee increases are expected to generate an additional $70 million in park revenue per year, according to the National Park Service.
On October 24, the National Park Service announced a proposal to nearly triple the peak season entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks. "It's a cruel deception for millions of hardworking families".
The public comment period was set to end on Thursday, but NPS officials extended it to December 22 to accommodate interest from the public and members of Congress, according to a news release. If the price change is approved, that cost would jump to $70 per auto during the peak season at the park, which begins on June 18 and runs five months. The peak season for each park would include its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation.
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The annual America the lovely pass will still cost $80.
National parks generally keep 80 percent of fee revenue, while 20 percent of the take goes toward the NPS as a whole.
"Our national parks belong to all of us, but the solution can not be pricing some visitors out of them", she continued.
Rep. Jared Polis, who is also running for Colorado governor in 2018, released a statement on Tuesday saying that the propose fee increase is "outrageous and is a back door effort to cut us off from our public lands".
To comment, visit the NPS website or write to 1849 C St. NW, Mail Stop: 2346, Washington, DC 20240. "As corporate tax breaks are also being discussed, I don't know why park fees then have to be raised".