Hiking fees at Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park are measures that are put into place to ensure the popular tourist spot is maintained for future visitors to enjoy.
The Grand Canyon National Park has proposed to raise its entrance fee as plans get underway to improve facilities for future generations to enjoy.
According to reports, the proposed increase in visitor fees will be the first since 1997 as officials say they are “preparing for the next 100 years.”
Currently, a vehicle seven-day pass is $25, but under the proposal would raise to $30, while an annual pass would increase from $50 to $60. A motorcycle rate would rise from $12 to $25 and pedestrian access would increase from $12 to $15.
Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, a Grand Canyon park spokeswoman said to the paper that it had been a long time since there was an increase in the entrance fees. “The money will be used to make sure that each person’s visit is the best that we can provide,” she said.
As one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Grand Canyon is visited by over 4.5 million people every year. However, it is not the only national park to propose a rise in entrance fees. Of the 401 U.S. national parks, 115 are seeing proposed increases in fees including Yellowstone and Grand Teton in northwestern Wyoming after experiencing a high number of visitors. The proposed increases at those parks would be the first since 2006.
Karen Kupper, a national parks spokeswoman, said that looking to the future was important as fees will help toward upgrading and maintaining services at U.S. national parks as it turns its attention on its centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service in 2016.
We’re preparing for the next 100 years. We know more people are going to be coming…we need to be ready for them.
Public comment is being sought on the proposed hike increases through Jan. 7.