Last week, we reported on Ryan Zinke's proposal to raise the admission price at 17 national parks. The proposed fee increase may impact frequently visited national parks during their peak-visitation months. The peak visitation months refer to the park’s busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation.
The extra revenue would go towards improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks, including roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services. The National Park Service says if implemented, this could increase national park revenue by $70 million per year.
Zinke said: “The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration. Targeted fee increases at some of our most-visited parks will help ensure that they are protected and preserved in perpetuity and that visitors enjoy a world-class experience that mirrors the amazing destinations they are visiting. We need to have the vision to look at the future of our parks and take action in order to ensure that our grandkids' grandkids will have the same if not better experience than we have today. Shoring up our parks' aging infrastructure will do that.”
On one hand, higher prices could deter visitors and impact the local economy. But on the other, the extra revenue can mean much needed repairs to the parks that can be completed.
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