Dinosaur National Monument Seeks Public Input on Proposed Increase in Entrance and Camping Fees

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Date: October 29, 2014
Contact: Dan Johnson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, (435) 781-7702

Dinosaur, CO & JENSEN, UT – Dinosaur National Monument and other National Park Service (NPS) units that collect entrance fees have begun public outreach to gauge support for possible changes to our fee rates. While proposed fee changes are not scheduled to take effect at the monument until 2016, the public process for discussing the potential changes begins now. Dinosaur last increased its entrance fees in 1998 when fees increased from $5 to $10 per private vehicle.

Beginning in 2015, National Park Service sites are authorized to change recreation fees to align with the NPS's new standard entrance-fee schedule, which was last updated in 2006. Sites may only do so, after actively engaging the public about proposed fee changes and their effects. Decisions to adjust fees will be made locally after considering community feedback from public outreach. Each park, including Dinosaur National Monument will document its outreach efforts. Results must be approved by the director of the National Park Service before any changes in fees can take effect.

As proposed by the new NPS standard entrance fee schedule, Dinosaur National Monument's entrance fee rates would be as follows:

Proposed Entrance Fee Rates (as set by the NPS standard entrance fee schedule) 
Type of Entrance Current Fee Proposed Fee
Private Vehicles $10 $20
Individual (on foot, bicycle, or in non-commercial vehicle) $5 $10
Motorcycle $5 per person $15 per motorcycle
Annual Pass $20 $40

With the exception of the annual pass, all entrance passes would be valid for reentry for up to seven days.

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass —Annual (for frequent park visitors), Senior (age 62 or older), Active Duty Military (free annually), Access (permanently disabled), and Volunteer. These passes are available at Dinosaur National Monument and their rates are not proposed to change. Rates for commercial lvehicles are set nationally and are also not scheduled to change at this time.

Additionally, based on comparability studies done with surrounding private and public facilities, the monument is proposing thefollowing changes to campground fee rates:

Proposed Campground Fee Rates
Campground Current Fee Current Senior/Access Fee Proposed Fee Proposed Senior/Access Fee Additional Notes
Green River $12 $6 $18 $9  
Split Mountain Group $25 no discount $40 no discount In the off season after Green River closes, the Split Mountain Campground is open to all campers for a $6 fee ($3 for senior/access pass holders).
Echo Park $8 $4 $10 $5 A $6 fee ($3 for senior/access pass holders) will be charged in off season when water is not available
Gates of Lodore $8 $4 $10 $5 A $6 fee ($3 for senior/access pass holders) will be charged in off season when water is not available
Deerlodge Park $8 $4 $10 $5 Groups over 8 people will be required to pay an additional $1 per each camper above 8. Maximum group size if 25. This change is being proposed for Deerlodge, because there are no group sites available, yet it is often used by multiple large groups preparing to launch on the Yampa River. Larger groups use more water and increase the cost of maintaining facilities. A $6 fee ($3 for senior/access pass holders) will be charged in off season when water is not available 
Rainbow Park $0 $0 $6 $3  

Frequent comparability studies are done to compare rates and amenities at area private and public campgrounds to ensure that the National Park Service is not unfairly competing with nearby private businesses or putting them at a disadvantage.

"We take our commitment to providing affordable access to the Monument very seriously," said Superintendent Mark Foust. "We want to provide our visitors with the best possible experience. One way of achieving that goal is to collect and invest funds from entrance and camping fees into providing visitor services and maintaining facilities."

The shuttle that runs between the Quarry Visitor Center and the Exhibit Hall is one of the primary projects currently paid for by visitor fee dollars. The shuttle reduces congestion at the small exhibit hall parking lot, improving the visitor experience. Since 1997, other projects that have been funded from fee dollars include improved signs at trailheads and overlooks, an accessible trail at Plug Hat Butte, rehabilitating and improving several hiking trails, removal of non-native tamarisk trees from river campsites, mitigating hazard trees, and exhibits for the Quarry Visitor Center.

In October 2015 Dinosaur National Monument will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The new fee rates are recommended to begin in January 2016."While no fee increases are proposed for this celebratory year, we do need to plan for the next 100 years of enjoying and protecting this incredible place," stated Superintendent Foust."

"In an effort to make sure Dinosaur is affordable for our nearby residents, we will continue to provide an annual pass which is a bargain for our frequent visitors and neighbors," remarked Superintendent Foust. "The National Park Service also hosts many fee free days throughout the year, when visitors, including people from our local communities, can take advantage of enjoying their nearby national park units, like Dinosaur, for free." Information on fee free days is available at: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

To provide feedback about the proposed fee schedule, you can send written comments to:
Dinosaur National Monument
Fee Program
PO Box 128
Jensen, UT 84035

You can also email comments with "proposed fee rates"in the subject line by December 15, 2014. You can also go to the PEPC website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/dinofeeproposal to find out more information and submit your comments. Feedback the monument receives will help determine how and when a fee increase may be implemented.

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700. You can also visit us on the web at www.nps.gov/dino,or follow DinosaurNPS on facebook and twitter.

Last updated: December 20, 2017

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