Eighty percent of recreational fees collected in the park are reinvested right here in Yellowstone. The park uses revenues from fees for all kinds of projects, including deferred maintenance projects, that improve visitor facilities like park roads, campgrounds, trails, and boardwalks.
Today Yellowstone collects approximately $14 million in recreation fees per year. That means that over $11 million per year goes directly into projects benefiting the visitor experience. Over time, this really adds up and hundreds of projects have been completed using fee money. Read a few examples below, and remember, they were only possible because of money collected from park fees.
Grand Prismatic Overlook Trail
Old Faithful Boardwalk Replacement
Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps
Digitizing Historic Photos & Documents
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Last updated: October 19, 2022