Trump raises fees for Americans to visit national parks

Oct 25, 2017

Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)

Keven Bacher/NPS
Increase comes while doling out fee breaks for oil and gas cronies

The Trump administration’s Interior Department is proposing to raise entrance fees for Americans visiting 17 national parks, even as it dishes out breaks on fees for oil and gas companies drilling in federal waters. Fees would be $70 per vehicle in peak season, nearly tripling for some parks. In announcing the move, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke cited the need to address the agency’s maintenance backlog, even as the administration has proposed billions in budget cuts for Interior, which oversees the National Park Service.

Jamie Williams, president and CEO of The Wilderness Society said:

“The Trump administration is raising national park fees with one hand while they dole out breaks to the oil and gas industry with the other hand. Making it harder for people to enjoy our parks is bad enough, but for the administration to hike park fees on American families as they offer a discount to the oil and gas industry is totally out of whack.

“It is completely disingenuous to cite a serious maintenance backlog even as President Trump tries to cut the Park Service budget. Americans own our federal public lands and waters, they are not a cash cow for the administration’s well-heeled friends.”

The administration announced the news with a 30-day comment period. According to CNN, the parks to be impacted are:

  • Arches
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Canyonlands
  • Denali
  • Glacier
  • Grand Canyon
  • Grand Teton
  • Olympic
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon
  • Yellowstone
  • Yosemite
  • Zion
  • Acadia
  • Mount Rainier
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Shenandoah
  • Joshua Tree

A list of the fee increases is at this link.

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