Contact: Aly Baltrus, 435-772-0161
Springdale, UT – Zion National Park and other National Park Service
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.
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.
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.
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/
Last updated: February 24, 2015