The open house will take place on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5 to 7 pm at the Iron County Visitor Center located at 581 North Main Street, Cedar City, UT 84721.
Over 80% of collected fee revenues are reinvested directly back into the park they are collected within. In Bryce Canyon, recently funded projects include new comfort stations, new museum exhibits, trail rehabilitation projects, and operation of the park’s popular visitor shuttle bus system. Projects in Zion include rehabilitation of South Campground roads and restrooms (2010-2014), construction of a new visitor Restroom at the Temple of Sinewava, Preservation of the Historic Cable Mountain Draw Works and operation of the visitor shuttle bus system, among numerous other projects. Recent fee funded projects accomplished at Cedar Breaks include the addition of hot showers and other improvements in the campground, and many trail and potable water system improvements. A new ADA accessible trail from the Visitor Center area to Sunset View Overlook is planned for 2015.
Future revenues from the proposed fee increases will be used to support and enhance other visitor services including maintenance of park facilities, additional upgrades to campgrounds, restoration of historic buildings and landscapes, and additional park interpretive and educational programs.
National park units are strong economic engines for Utah. In 2013, almost 9,000,000 visitors to the National Parks in Utah contributed $596.5 million to the state’s economy and supported 9,069 jobs related to tourism.
National park entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or to holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes — Annual (good for 1 year), Senior (lifetime for U.S. residents 62+ years), Military (free annually), Access (free for permanently disabled) and Volunteer (free annually).
Periodically the National Park Service reviews its fee rates and our fee proposals locally are part of a broader assessment underway across the nation. Parks may change recreation fees to align with the NPS’s new standard entrance fee schedule, which was last updated in 2006. The new fees could be implemented as early as May, 2015. However, the fee increases and implementation schedule may change based on the results of public comments received at the open house, and those being collected through different avenues such as websites and email. Each park will carefully consider comments received from all sources, and will develop an appropriate fee and implementation schedule.
Comments on Bryce Canyon’s proposed fee increases will be accepted online through Monday January 12, 2015 at www.parkplanning.nps.gov; search “Bryce Canyon Proposed Entrance and Campground Fee Modifications.” Written comments may be mailed to Superintendent, Bryce Canyon National Park, Attn: Fee Proposal, PO Box 640201, Bryce, UT 84764
The public comment period for Zion’s fee proposal is open for 45 days; December 9, 2014 through January 23, 2015. You may submit comments on-line at: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/zion. Written comments may also be mailed to: Fee Program Coordinator, Zion National Park, Springdale, UT 84767
The public comment period for Cedar Breaks is from December 22, 2014 through January 30, 2015. You may submit comments by email at email@example.com and by U.S. Mail: ATTN – Proposed Fee Increase, Cedar Breaks National Monument, 2390 West Highway 56, Cedar City, UT 84720. Comments will also be accepted online through the Cedar Breaks website at http://www.nps.gov/cebr/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm