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Contact: Colleen Bathe, 435.834.4400
Proposed Fee Increases for Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees in 2007. The increased revenues would pay for expenses related to transportation and the operation of the shuttle bus system.
The shoulder seasons (spring and fall) are becoming busier each year, escalating traffic into the park. By increasing funds available for the Transportation System, park management intends to increase the shuttle service. In 2006, the shuttle operated from May 26 through September 10. Statistically, visitation in September is at least as high as the summer months, sometimes higher. The proposal is to extend the shuttle later in the season and operate longer hours on a daily basis. The increase in shuttle service will benefit the visitors by providing a much needed service, saving them from circling parking lots and waiting in lines at the entrance station. By providing the shuttle bus system, the park is encouraging visitors to use alternative transportation, save fuel, increase safety on park roads and help with air quality.
The park proposes an increase from our current entrance fees of $20.00 per vehicle to $25.00 per vehicle. The Bryce Canyon Annual Pass would increase from $30.00 to $50.00. The per person fee would increase from $10.00 per person to $12.00 per person.
While making presentations at community meetings, town boards and city councils, NPS officials were surprised that many local residents were not aware of the $30.00 Bryce Canyon Annual Pass. Some suggested that the park promote the annual pass in the local communities, encouraging the purchase prior to the fee increase. The Bryce Canyon Annual Pass can be purchased at the park’s entrance station.
Golden Age and Golden Access Cards will continue to be available. The National Park Pass program is being updated and converted to the America the Beautiful pass program. Information about changes for these national passes will be available soon.
If you have questions or comments regarding the proposed fee increase call Chief of Interpretation, Education and Partnerships at (435)834-4400.