National Park Fee-Free Days – 2018

This land is your land and this land is my land. … This land was made for you and me. [Woody Guthrie]

We are still waiting to learn if the entrance fee to Zion National Park will increase to the proposed $70. The public comment period was extended to December 22, 2017. I hope you all had the opportunity to make your voices heard. ­čôó

This increase would potentially affect the following Utah national parks: Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, and Zion National Park. It would apply specifically to the busiest 5 months in the year: May through September.

These fee increases are intended to be only for the 7-day passes, which will in turn help to keep more of the money generated from the sales of these passes in the national park from which they were purchased.

There is no doubt that there is a need for more money to remain in Zion National Park, as they are struggling to find funding for continued operations. In no way is this post intended to be political, but with recent budget cuts, and increased visitation, Zion has been hit hard. Additionally, a large percentage of money generated by entrance fees goes directly to keeping the shuttle system operating. We have seen how important our shuttle system is to the efficiency of visitation to the Park, most recently over the Christmas/New Year week!

Anyhow, enough about that. I shared my opinion during the open comment period, so now we wait to see what will happen next.

The National Park Service has announced four entrance fee-free days in 2018:

  • January 15:┬áMartin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21:┬áFirst day of┬áNational Park Week
  • September 22:┬áNational Public Lands Day
  • November 11:┬áVeterans Day

Let’s get out there and respectfully and safely enjoy our beautiful land!

*Sources: < em>https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2017-10-25/national-park-service-proposes-70-entrance-fee-into-some-parks< em>https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm