The National Park Service (NPS) Proposes Significant Increases to Individual Car & Commercial Tour Bus Entrance Fees
Under the proposal, peak season entrance fees would be established at 17 national parks. The peak-season for each park would be defined as its busiest contiguous five-month period of visitation. During a five-month peak-season at each of the 17 parks, the entrance fee would be $70 per vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person.  Even more, tour buses will be charged $1200.00 per vehicle, per park. 

UTIA statement on proposed increases in park entrance fees:

  1. There is a need for sustainable additional funding for park operations.  The deferred maintenance backlog in visitor infrastructure must be addressed to provide the safe, enjoyable experiences visitors to our parks expect and deserve. Arches & Zion National Parks have received 55-60% increases in visitation since 2010, with corresponding budget cuts of .5-3.7%.  This is untenable.
  2. Visitors to parks now pay entrance fees, camping fees and other fees that contribute to park operations and UTIA regards those fees as appropriate.
  3. Pricing is an effective management strategy to manage visitation and demand embraced widely by the tourism and parks communities.  Effectively used, pricing can persuade voluntary shifts of visitation to less popular dates and locations.
  4. Fees should be convenient and efficiently collected.
  5. Changes in fees should be done in ways that continue visitor support and do not overall discourage visitation.
  6. There are many alternatives to increase fee revenues to better manage national park operations.  Among those are higher fees, fees at additional sites, fee collections that operate 24/7 and at off-site locations and fees that vary with length and time of stay.
  7. Any changes in fees need to be assessed in conjunction with impacts on other fees.  For example, significant increases in entrance fees for major parks to $70 per vehicle entry are quite likely to make the $80 America the Beautiful pass more attractive to visitors.  Under current strategy, the America the Beautiful Pass revenue does not all go back to the park point-of-purchase.
  8. Motor coach operators have booking confirmations 1-2 years in advance of travel.  We need to work with the Industry to develop a sustainable pricing model for these Operators.
  9. We encourage NPS to take time and resources to determine carrying capacity and specific park projects prior to passing a fee schedule increase.

Comment on the visitor day-use price structure:The public is encouraged to comment about the National Park Service's proposal to implement peak season entrance fees at 17 national parks. A 30-day public comment period will open on October 24, 2017 and close on November 23, 2017. The public is invited to submit comments electronically via the National Park Service's Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website: To comment use the "Document List" or "Open For Comment" project links in the left side navigation menu. Open the document and use the "Comment Now" button. Comments will also be accepted in writing. To submit written comments, mail comments to National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240. 
Comment on the Commercial Use/Tour Bus price structure:
Information and a forum for public comments regarding the commercial permit requirements and commercial tour fees is available October 24, 2017 to November 23, 2017 on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at Written comments may be sent to National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program, 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240. Contact Your Congressional Delegation and ask they support UTIA’s position:
House of Representatives:
Rob Bishop – 1st Congressional District
Phone: 801-625-0107Chris Stewart – 2nd Congressional District
Phone: 801-364-5550Jason Chaffetz – 3rd Congressional Disrtict
Phone: 801-851-2500Mia Love – 4th Congressional District
Phone: 801-996-8729
Orin Hatch
Phone: 801-524-4380Mike Lee
Phone: 801-524-5933