Fee Dollars At Work
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is being cared for today and for future generations by the National Park Service. This dual objective—use today and tomorrow—comes at a price. Protecting our natural and cultural heritage while at the same time ensuring that visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience is expensive.
As the number of visitors to parks continues to climb due to the popularity of our national treasures, government funding available for necessities such as road and building repairs, campground maintenance, visitor protection, resource protection and other services has not kept pace with demand.
The program also includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. The program directs funds collected from park visitors towards the maintenance of the facilities they are utilizing.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a participant in the Interagency Recreational Fee Program. The program authorizes Bighorn Canyon to keep up to 80% of the fees collected.
These funds have been and will continue to be used for maintenance, repair projects, public service programs, signage, and natural and historical resource preservation, as listed below. The remaining revenue is generally distributed to parks that do not collect fees but have similar needs and to fund other servicewide initiatives.
The following is a list of some of the projects that have been completed using fees collected by the park.
Did You Know?
On August 1, 1867, a haying party of 25 soldiers and civilians held off the attacks of over 800 Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors in the hayfields 2 ½ miles northeast of Fort Smith. The outcome was a draw. The incident became known as the Hayfield Fight. More...