Pay More to Visit Grand Canyon?
For the first time since 1997 Grand Canyon National Park is considering an increase in entrance fees. They are proposing an increase for a single vehicle entrance fee from $25 to $30 for a seven-day pass, and the individual and motorcycle rate of $12 would increase to $15 per individual and to $25 per motorcycle. The individual park’s annual pass would increase from $50 to $60.
When you consider what the fees are designed to do and you consider that the Park has a back-log of maintenance on trails and other infrastructure – such as the pipeline that brings water to the South Rim – it is a very small increase. It is also a small increase compared with the fee at Grand Canyon West which has less view areas.
What do the Fees pay for?
The additional revenue from the fee increase will be used for repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and to increase resource protection. The park’s free shuttle bus system, used by many visitors, is also funded by entrance fee income.
Public Comment Period
A 60-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, Friday, November 7, 2014 through Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Feedback will be accepted via email at e-mail us and via U.S. Mail at: Grand Canyon National Park, Attention: Proposed Fee Increase P.O. Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.
The public is also invited to an open house at the 1899 Ballroom of the High Country Conference Center located at 201 West Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information visit the Grand Canyon National Park Service website.