Visiting A National Park Could Soon Be Way More Expensive

The cost of admission to some U.S. national parks could see a sharp increase very soon.

The National Park Service has just proposed new price hikes for entrance fees at 118 of the nation’s most visited parks. These include popular parks such as Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

The new measures would more than double the admission cost at some parks. At affected parks, the entrance fee for a private vehicle from $25 to $70 during the peak season, while motorcycles would have to pay $50 rather than $15.

Perhaps most stunning of all, the cost of admission for a single person on foot or on bike would triple. If the measures are approved, admission for walk-in visitors would jump from $10 to $30.

The money generated from the increased admission costs will go towards improving aging infrastructure in the parks, including bridges, roads, campgrounds and bathrooms.

The National Park Service Legacy Act is currently up for consideration in Congress and would increase resources for national parks, potentially rendering the new price increases unnecessary.

However, it’s not all bad news. Annual national park passes would remain priced at $80. This pass grants the holder unlimited access to all federal lands and parks for a year. With these new entrance fees, it’s a better deal than ever.