In 1996, a far-sighted program was authorized by the U.S. Congress which allowed National Park Service units, including Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), to keep the majority of entrance and camping fees (80%) collected at their sites to assist with repair, rehabilitation and renovation needs, critical resource protection needs and natural and cultural resource management and science research. In 2004, Congress extended this successful program through 2014, under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.
Since the beginning of this program, Rocky Mountain National Park has spent over $35 million in repairs, renovations and improvements, and resource restoration. Ninety percent of surveyed park visitors have continually expressed support for this program.
Your Dollars at Work
Some recent examples include:
Last updated: February 24, 2015