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Death Valley National Park Proposes Fee Changes at Furnace Creek Campground

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Date: April 17, 2013

Death Valley National Park (Park) is seeking public comments regarding pricing for nineteen improved campsites and the establishment of three new group sites in the Furnace Creek Campground.

Improvements in the Furnace Creek Campground include the installation of full hook-up capacity at nineteen campsites, replacement of the entire water and sewer system, a new bathroom in the group site areas, rehabilitation of the current bathrooms, repair of flood damaged areas in the tent walk-in loop, development of three new group sites, and a new check-in kiosk. The proposed fee increase for the full hook-up sites is an attempt to recover the cost of electricity.The nineteen rehabilitated sites now include water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups.The proposed pricing is $30.00 per night for sites offering full hook-ups.The current price for RV and Tent campsites without full-hook-ups is $18.00 per night and would remain the same price under this proposal.

Nightly campground fees are collected under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Public Law 108-447 (118 Stat. 2809), enacted by Congress as part of the 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.This legislation has allowed the National Park Service to provide on-the-ground improvements to visitors at recreation sites across the nation.Death Valley National Park started the rehabilitation of Furnace Creek Campground in February 2012 and will near completion at the end of this summer.

Prior to making this price change proposal, the National Park Service reviewed the pricing of five surrounding campgrounds and the amenities they each include, discounts offered and any additional fees.

REGIONAL FULL HOOKUP SITES

Campground Name & Location

Price

Amenities

Discount/Additional Info

Furnace Creek Campground

Death Valley, CA

Proposed $30.00

Full Hook-ups

Table

Fire Ring

$9 discount for Senior Access Pass Holders

Death Valley Inn & RV Park

Beatty, NV

$35.00

Full Hook-ups

Group Fire Ring

Pool & Shower

Wi-Fi

Additional Fee for Laundry

Additional Fee for Propane

Ortega Concessions

Stovepipe Wells, CA

$31.00

Full Hook-ups

Pool & Shower

$15.50 discount for Senior/Access Pass Holders

Xanterra Furnace Creek Ranch

Death Valley, CA

$32.00

Full Hook-ups

Pool & Shower

Paved Pad

Panamint Springs Resort

Panamint Valley, CA

$30.00

Full Hook-ups

Table

Grill

Shower

AARP/AAA 10% discount

Pets $5.00 ea

Tent $2.50 on same site

Tecopa Hot Springs and Pools

Tecopa, CA

$19.00

Electricity

Dump Station

Hot Tubs

Showers

More than 2 people $2.00 ea

Extra Vehicle $5.00

No Drinking Water



Three newly established group sites with parking for two vehicles include a fire ring and table for each site.The proposed fee is $25.00 per a night for 9-15 campers per site. Prior to making this price change proposal, the National Park Service reviewed the pricing of other campground group sites.

GROUP SITES

Campground Name & Location

Price

Number of Campers

Furnace Creek Campground

Death Valley, CA

Proposed $25.00

9-15

Furnace Creek Campground

Death Valley, CA

$52.00 (current group campsite)

9-40

Dorst Creek Campground

Sequoia National Park, CA

$40.00

12-25

Cottonwood Campground

Joshua Tree National Park, CA

$30.00

17-25



Proposed fees would begin October 15, 2013.Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

The National Park Service is seeking input from the public and interested groups from now until May 17, 2013.A final decision will be made based on that input, as well as budgetary concerns and comparisons with similar sites elsewhere.Please post your comments on the National Park Service Park Planning page at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FCCG_Fee_Changes, email Traci_Kolc@nps.gov, or comment by mail to: Attn Proposed Fee Changes, Death Valley National Park, PO Box 579, Death Valley, CA 92328.

Contact Traci Kolc at 760-786-3249 or email e-mail us with any additional questions.We appreciate your input to help determine any fee changes in Death Valley National Park.

-NPS-

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