National Park Announces Fee Increases for 2007
New Interagency Recreation Passes also Available
Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that the park is
increasing its entrance fees effective January 1, 2007. On that
Zion National Park will also begin selling the “America the
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.” This
recreation pass will benefit visitors to national public lands.
The park entrance
fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle will increase from the
current rate of $20 to the new rate of $25. The individual fee (pedestrians,
bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. 16 years or older) will increase
from $10 to $12. Both of these entrance fees are good for seven
days. The fee for the Zion Annual Pass will also increase from $40
that the park collects from these increased entrance fees will go
directly toward benefiting the visitors throughimproved services
and facilities”, stated Whitworth.
workshops were held in April 2006 to receive input on thepark’s
proposed plan to increase entrance fees. These workshops provided
the public with information regarding the proposed fee increases
and gave them an opportunity to express in writing any thoughts
or concerns they may have. These comments were all taken into consideration
before the park made the decision to increase its entrance fees.
This is the first time that the park has increased its fees since
2000 and will bring Zion into line with other parks in the country,
many of which increased their fees in 2006.
Under the Federal
Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, a multi-agency fee authority
was created for the National Park Service (NPS) and four other federal
land management agencies. The legislation allows the NPS tocollect
entrance fees and “expanded amenity fees” for services,
facilities, or equipment and use the funds for projects directly
benefiting the visitors. Up to 80% of the fees collected, stay in
the park and go directly into improving visitor facilities and services.
Without fee revenues, many projects could not be completed because
they cannot be funded
from the park’s existing base budget.
collected in the past at Zion have financed projects to rehabilitate
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, construction of the shuttle bus maintenance
and operations building, rehabilitation of the Nature Center, and
replacement of outdated park wayside exhibits. These are just a
few of many projects that the park has completed or that would not
be possible without
the fees collected at the entrance stations.
The new interagency
recreation pass combines the benefits of existingrecreation passes
from five federal agencies into one comprehensive pass, the “America
the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands
The new program replaces the Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and the Golden
Access Passports as well as the National Parks Pass.
Sales of the
new interagency recreation pass will begin January 1, 2007. The
passes will be available at federal recreation sites that charge
entrance and standard amenity fees, through government internet
sites, and through select third-party vendors. Officials note that
100 percent of the revenue derived from passes sold at federal recreation
sites will directly benefit the selling agency and no less than
80 percent of the revenue will remain at the site where the pass
The four different
passes in the new interagency program are
1) A new annual
interagency pass costing $80--For visitors to multiple federal sites,
the pass offers unlimited coverage of entrance and standard amenity
recreation fees for 12 months from date of purchase.
2) A $10 lifetime
senior pass for U.S. citizens 62 or over;
3) A free lifetime
access pass for U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities;
4) A new, free
annual volunteer pass for volunteers acquiring 500 hours of service
on a cumulative basis.
For more information
regarding the increased fees in Zion National Park, please call
435-772-3256 or write to; Superintendent, Zion Park,Springdale,