Would you pay $70 to enter a National Park?


The National Park Service is proposing to raise entry fees to $70 in some of America’s most popular National Parks. The increased fees, the park says, would help pay for badly needed infrastructure improvements such as roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms and other visitor services.

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The new fees would apply to private vehicles in peak season, jumping from current rates of $25 to $30. The cost of an annual pass would remain at $80.

Parks where $70 would be charged would be: Acadia, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah and Joshua Tree.

What do you think? If you did not have an annual pass, would you pay $70 to visit a National Park?

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What about state park fees I’ll Wisconsin Mich gouge out of states we now seek private campground and avoid the state


$70 for a 7 day? pass per car is very reasonable compared to $124 per day per person for Disneyland. Annual pass , if it stays at $80 is the best buy as many of the premium parks close together which really reduces the price per park per day


They spend billions on illegals and to other countries, keep some of that money where it belongs, in AMERICA for Americans.

R. Cranium

$10 for an annual pass to the National Parks? Maybe before the prices were raised in August. National Park Senior Passes (over 62 yrs old) are now $80. Wake up CajunRvers to the real world of the present Federal government cutting the Park Service budget and passing it on to the average american. The basic Rob Peter to Pay Paul Theory. You might not be effected by this if you already have a senior pass, but your children and grandchildren will!


Annual pass price will not increase, so no issue for most families.

And older many RVers already have a lifetime pass.

Norman Powers

I have a senior pass, but would still pay some more if I could find a parking space in a lot of the parks. Usually, if there are RV spots, they are full of cars. Last year drove around Yellowstone several times before I just parked illegally. I guess there weren’t enough rangers because no one said anything.

Micheal Whelan

I did not find any place to vote. To answer the question of would I pay $70 to visit a national park that I already pay taxes to support…. to be kind, Hell NO. I do understand an entrance fee but one that is reasonable. Retiree and low income people cannot afford Disney Land fee’s. Then again I have paid that much for Disney but I don’t support them with my tax dollars.


We have the senior pass, I would be willing to pay an additional $10.00 – $15.00 to visit the park. Never could understand why we should get in for free. We have used and enjoyed the perk, but would gladly pay a few $$ to get in.

Jerry X Shea

I agree with most of the folks comments. I am not going to drive 1, 2 or 3,000 miles to “See the USA” and not pay to get into a park. I also agree that the park system should work on a “break even budget.” Not as a money maker for the government. Hear that sound? It is Teddy Roosevelt turning in his grave.


Readers should call their Member of Congress and US Senator and urge them to reject the large cuts proposed to the National Park Service budget. (Google for the number all M of C numbers r 202-225-???? All Senate numbers r 202-224- ????.)
Some moderate increase in fees, along with a budget at the current level would help make progress in the $11 billion back log of work that needs to be done at the parks.
please ACT -ur voice matters as the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

D Mason

OUR national parks were set aside for the enjoyment of the people, as well as to conserve them for future generations. Raising entrance fees this much puts them out of reach for many people, creating an “exclusivity” that should not exist. Our national parks were never intended to make money; Congress needs to provide better funding levels. Budgets have been shrinking as fixed costs have continued to increase. If fees go up too much visitation will drop and the few holes won’t provide the desired income increase.


I doubt if many folks only go one day to one of these parks during the summer, just buy the annual pass to all for only $10 more. That’s still a bargain compared to what one would pay for a family to attend a sporting or concert events. We pay more than that for season tickets to see local high school football.


Yes,the budget is expected to be cut for Parks Service and the raising of the pass to $80.00 and entrance for others at 70.00 does not equal new projects in the park. They won’t have the money to do the projects . This doesn’t balance out. Might as well just keep the old fares of 30.00 or whatever the daily fees were., I have the Senior pass from many years ago, a very valuable card. Glad I got it when I did. I use it . Have a good trip ,make it safe.


I think the proposed $70 entrance fee is for a seven-day pass. Since many people don’t stay for the full seven days, the NPS could offer single-day passes for $10 or three-day passes for $30. This would still keep the parks affordable for the those that only visit for a few days or a weekend.
It would obviously reduce the amount of money raised which might require the fee to go up slightly.
I think the next move for the NPS will be to propose raising the annual pass to $150+/-. That would still be a bargain in my mind.


Our ridiculously high taxes aren’t enough???!! There is so much government waste and spending. Why punish us more?

Karen and Jim, RET/DAV/USA

some years ago we heard foreign (Chinese) entities had bought into ownership/management/of Yellowstone. On the chance that is true, we wouldn’t go back anyway much less pay more.

Desert Beacon

I think it’s a shame that for so long Congress has underfunded the national park system such that the deferred maintenance is out of control. Raising the entry fees as has been proposed will do little to help with the backlog but may keep low-income families from enjoying our national treasures.

K Hart

I wouldn’t mind paying the new, higher fee for the pass. It’s worth the investment. However, I would like to see a reasonably priced annual pass for young families. The new, high fees will do nothing but keep families with young children out of the parks – the very category of people we should be attracting to them.


Seems like it makes the annual pass an even better idea and the senior lifetime pass the best deal. I was hoping that I could have a friend, ( who is over 62 and does not travel) buy the senior pass for us. But, alas you must provide ID to use the pass…rats!!

Phil Johnson

I thought that National Parks belonged to the American people and were our to use for free? Why not fund them with the trillions we give foreign countries who hate our guts and slit our throats?