Zion National Park Accepting Comments on Proposed Increase in Recreational Fees

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Date: December 8, 2014
Contact: Aly Baltrus, 435-772-0161

Springdale, UT – Zion National Park and other National Park Service
(NPS) units that collect entrance fees and recreation fees from park
visitors are beginning public engagement to seek comments on
possible changes in park fees. Zion is proposing an increase to its
 camping, entrance, and wilderness permit fees.The last time entrance
 fees were increased at Zion was in 2007. The current camping fees
date back to 2004 and wilderness permit fees to 2005.


Under the authority of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act,
Zion retains 80% of the recreation fees it collects. Fee revenue from
Zion National Park entrance stations and campgrounds has provided
funding for over 24 major projects since 2010. All of the projects
focused on improvements to visitor services, facilities, and visitor safety.


"The fee revenue is critical to the park," said Jeff Bradybaugh,
Superintendent of Zion National Park. "Funds from entrance, camping
and other fees are used to improve and maintain our facilities and
provide valuable visitor services."


More than 70% of the entrance fees are used to operate the shuttle bus system in the park and the Town of Springdale, UT. The bus system improves park operations and visitor experience by decreasing vehicle congestion in Zion Canyon, improving air quality, and providing visitors safe and easy access to popular park features. The shuttle buses are 15 years old and maintenance costs are increasing. The increase in entrance fees would help maintain shuttle facilities, as well as the aging buses and help to begin the replacement of the fleet. Below is a comparison of current and proposed entrance fees.

Entrance

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

1-7 Day Private, Non-Commercial Vehicle

$25 per vehicle

$30 per vehicle

1-7 Day Motorcycle

$12 per person

$25 per motorcycle

1-7 Day Individual Per Person (hiker, bicyclist, etc.)

$12 per person

$15 per person

Zion Annual Pass

$50

$60


Increased campground revenue will be used to maintain and rehabilitate the park's three campgrounds. Projects could include rehabilitating and upgrading restrooms and other facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. In addition, revenue has not kept pace with rising electric power costs and campsites with electric service have been operating at a deficit. Below is a comparison of current and proposed fees for campgrounds.

Watchman and South Campgrounds (single sites)

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

Campsites without electric hookups

$16

$20

Campsites with electric hookups

$18-$20

$30


Group camp fees are also proposed to be changed from a per person fee ($3 per person) to a flat rate per group size. Below is the proposed fee structure per group size.


Number of People in Group

Proposed Fee

7-15

$50

16-25

$90

26-40

$130


A fee increase for wilderness permits is proposed to ensure wilderness resources and experience are protected for those visiting today and in the future. Wilderness permit fees are used to answer public inquiries on wilderness activities and permit requirements by visitors in person, on line and by telephone; provide preventative search and rescue patrols; monitor wilderness resource condition; and maintain wilderness campsites and trails.


Number of People in Group

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

1-2

$10

$15

3-7

$15

$20

8-12

$20

$25


National Park entrance fees are not charged for persons under 16 years of age. Costs for passes covered under the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program will not be changed at this time. These passes include: Interagency Annual, Interagency Senior, Interagency Military, Interagency Access, and Volunteer. Additional information on each pass can be found at 
https://www.nps.gov. These passes can be purchased at any National Park site.

The public comment period is open for 45 days from December 9, 2014 through January 23, 2015. Please access the National Park Service planning website to comment at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/zion. A public open house for the proposed fee increases for Zion National Park and its sister parks, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park, will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Cedar City- Brian Head Tourism Office from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The office is located at 581 North Main Street, Cedar City, UT 84721.

Last year, more than 2,800,000 park visitors visited Zion National Park, contributing $147,051,900 to the local economy and supporting 1,763 jobs related to the local tourism industry. For further information about Zion National Park, visit www.nps.gov/zion, and for further information about the 2013 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, visit https://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.



Last updated: February 24, 2015

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State Route 9

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