Scotts Bluff National Monument Proposes Entrance Fee Increases in 2017

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Date: January 6, 2015

 With other national park units across the nation, Scotts Bluff National Monument is inviting public input on possible fee increases proposed for 2017. Fees have not increased at Scotts Bluff National Monument since 1997. With very few exceptions, fees have not changed across the National Park Service since 2006.

In August, the National Park Service (NPS) released an updated entrance fee rate schedule for all NPS units that charge fees. Under the new pricing model, Scotts Bluff's entrance fees would change as shown below.

 Entrance Fees Current  Proposed 
 Vehicle Pass (7 days) $5  $10 
 Motorcycle Pass (7 days)  $3  $5 
 Person (7 days)  $3  $5 
 Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual Pass  $15  $30 

 

The Vehicle pass admits one privately owned non-commercial vehicle into the park. The Motorcycle pass admits one privately owned non-commercial motorcycle into the park. The Person pass is for visitors entering the park by means other than a private vehicle, such as walking or bicycling into the park. The Scotts Bluff National Monument Annual pass allows the pass holder unlimited entry into the Monument for one year from the month of purchase.

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access or Military Passes. These Passes are available at the Monument.

"We are committed to keeping the park affordable but we also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience," said Scotts Bluff National Monument Superintendent Ken Mabery. "The money from entrance fees is used to improve and maintain visitor facilities such as the road, trails and visitor center."

In the past several years, fee monies have been used to upgrade equipment used to show videos and display information in the visitor center, provide unique interpretive programs, and refurbish the Conestoga Wagon. Fee dollars are currently being used as the park plans and develops new exhibits, and conducts planning for upgrades to the Visitor Center. At present, the park hopes to have these new exhibits and upgrades done by mid-2017. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would help the park transition into the new Visitor Center, including developing new Junior Ranger programs, upgrading display equipment and enhancing the visitor experience.

Scotts Bluff National Monument is a strong economic engine for the surrounding area. In 2013, more than 108,000 park visitors contributed $5.96 million to the local economy and supported 80 jobs related to tourism.

Scotts Bluff National Monument invites public comment on the proposed increase. you may email us directly at scbl_comment@nps.gov, provide feedback on our Facebook page or submit comment through the Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) site. Comment cards are also available to fill out in person at the Visitor Center front desk.

We request input by January 31, 2015. We will then use the feedback to determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.



Last updated: April 10, 2015

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