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Peak-Season Entrance Fee and Commercial Tour Permit and Fee Proposals

The National Park Service is considering increases to fees at 17 national parks during peak visitor seasons. The peak season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation. During the peak season at each park, the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle; $50 per motorcycle; and $30 per person on bike or foot.

The National Park Service is also proposing entry and permit fee adjustments for commercial tour operators. The proposal would increase entry fees for commercial operators and standardize commercial use authorization (CUA) requirements for road-based commercial tours, including application and management fees.

Public comments are being accepted on the proposals from October 24 to December 22, 2017 (extended from the original November 23 deadline).

Read the news release to learn more about the proposals: National Park Service Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Peak-Season Entrance Fees at 17 Parks

For proposal details, FAQs, and instructions for submitting comments, visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website:

Three men working on a trail at the Grand Canyon
Trail rehabilitation by NPS staff and American Conservation Experience volunteers

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