GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park. A single vehicle entrance fee would change from $25 to $30 for a seven-day pass. The park's annual pass would increase from $50 to $60. The current rate of $12 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 per individual and $25 for a motorcycle.
Current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997.
The additional revenue from the fee increase will enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and an increase in resource protection. Fee revenue has been used to renovate the Bright Angel Trailhead and to re-design Mather Point and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
The park's free shuttle bus system, has around 6.8 million people boarding in 2014, is also funded by entrance fees.
A 60-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase started Nov. 7 and lasts through Jan. 7, 2015. Grand Canyon National Park is accepting feedback through email at email@example.com or U.S. Mail at: Grand Canyon National Park, Attention: Proposed Fee Increase P.O. Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.
The public is invited to an open house at the 1899 Ballroom at the High Country Conference Center, 201 West Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Comments received during the 60 day public comment period will inform the agency's decision on how or if a fee increase is implemented.
Grand Canyon National Park is a strong economic engine for surrounding areas. In 2013, over 4.5 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park spent $476,194.8 million in communities around the park, supporting 6,238 jobs in the local area.
Entrance fees are not charged to anyone under 16 years old, holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes.
Interagency Passes, honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase.
They will remain at $80 for the Interagency Annual Pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access or Military passes.
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