National parks to raise fees, but not by as much as first planned

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WASHINGTON (AP/KKCO/KJCT) -- The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

A plan announced Thursday would boost fees at 17 popular parks by $5, including Colorado National Monument, but far below the figure Interior proposed last fall.

At the Colorado National Monument, fees will be increased to the following on June 1:

Annual Pass: $45
Per Vehicle: $25
Per Person: $15
Per Motorcycle: $20

The plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke drew widespread opposition from lawmakers and governors of both parties, who said the higher fees could exclude many Americans from enjoying national parks. The agency received more than 109,000 comments on the plan, most of them opposed.

The fee increases apply to Yellowstone, Zion, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain and Grand Teton parks, among others.



 
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