Zion National Park, along with several other national park sites, established new fee structures this summer in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the parks.
The increases follow a 2014 National Park Service call for parks nationwide to conduct stakeholder outreach through civic engagement to gauge support for possible fee changes to entrance, expanded amenity, and special recreation permit fees authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004. Entrance fees had not been raised since 2007.
The new Zion National Park entrance fee, which took effect on July 1, increased from $25 per vehicle to $30. Because reservations are taken in advance for camping and wilderness permits, those fees will not be increased until January 1, 2016. The new fees will be $20 for tent only campsites in Loops C,D and F, and $30 for electric sites in Loops A and B. Group sites will increase to $50 flat rate for 7-15 people, $90 flat rate for 16-25 people, and $130 flat rate for 26-40 people.
Wilderness permit fees help cover the costs of issuing permits, wilderness patrols, resource monitoring, and trail repairs. Based on group size, wilderness permit fees are now: $10 for 1 to 2 people; $15 for 3 to 7 people; and $20 for 8 to 12 people.
Additional funds collected through the new fee structure will help fund the replacement of the park’s shuttle system. The Zion Canyon Shuttle fleet was put into operation in May of 2000, and now after 15 years of daily operations, the system needs to be replaced.
“This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to improve facilities and services important to visitors,” said Zion Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. “After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to help us protect, preserve and share these special places with current visitors and future generations.”
For more campground information, visit http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/campgrounds-in-zion.htm.
For more wilderness permit information, go to http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/wildernesspermitinfo.htm.