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Slight Increase in Entrance Fees

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Date: February 28, 2011

 

Colorado National Monument to Slightly Increase Fees Beginning Monday, May 2

Colorado National Monument will slightly increase its entrance fee beginning on Monday, May 2, from $7.00 to $10.00 per car, and pedestrian and cyclist entrance fees will go from $4.00 to $5.00 per person. The annual park pass which provides for unlimited entry into Colorado National Monument for one full year will go from $20.00 to $ 25.00 per year. This is the first increase in entrance fee rates in six years.

Colorado National Monument has a limited supply of the $20.00 annual passes which will sell for just $20.00 until they are sold out, even if purchased after May 2. These passes feature a beautiful scenic landscape photo taken by Christopher Tomlinson, head photographer at the Daily Sentinel. They are sure to be a Centennial keepsake item in their own right. The annual passes are available for sale at both entrance stations, at the park visitor center, and through the mail by calling 970-858-3617, ext 334.

The Saddlehorn Campground rate of $10.00 has not been raised in twenty years and will go to $20.00 per night beginning on May 2. Campers age 62 and older with Golden Age passports receive a 50% discount on campsite fees and will pay just $10.00 per night. The closest state and private campgrounds in Fruita and

Grand Junction charge anywhere from $26.00 to $40.00 per night depending on size of camping unit. Arches National Park's Devils Garden Campground charges $20.00 per night and is similar to the Saddlehorn Campground. The nightly rates at Mesa Verde National Park's Morefield Campground begin at $23.00 per site.

Revenues from the entrance stations and the campground are used to improve infrastructure within the Monument including water and sewer systems, trails, and visitor facilities. Currently, fee revenue is being used to replace the 47 year old exhibits in the visitor center, replace outdated wayside exhibits at 19 scenic overlooks along Historic Rim Rock Drive, replace aging water lines, restore a CCC constructed restroom, and add a new handicapped accessible restroom in the Saddlehorn Campground.

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