National Park Ticket Prices May Not Be Doubling This Year After All

A plan to double entrance fees to U.S. national parks is being reconisdered due to public outcry.

To no one’s surprise, nature-lovers across the country were dismayed at news of a proposal introduced in October 2017 that would dramatically raise the cost of visiting a national park.

That proposal included plans to increase admission at some of the nation’s most popular parks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite from $30 to $70 for a single vehicle. Motocycles would be obliged to pay $50 rather than $25, while cyclists and walk-in visitors would have to shell out $30 instead of $15.

Now, officials have announced that they are reevaluating these price hikes after more than 109,000 complaints were received from the public. Many people insisted that the new prices would make visiting too expensive for their families and that they would skip the attractions altogether.

Though the increased fees were meant to provide funding to repair aging infrastructure in the national parks, the U.S. Department of the Interior is now exploring other options for closing the funding gap, such as a milder 10 percent increase on admission costs and a $20 increase on the cost of annual pass. However, the details have yet to be finalized.