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Old 06-23-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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NP Fees Being Raised

Anyone see this posted on NPR today?
Glad I got my 80 dollar pass, but will that go up next year? I'm all for helping the parks in any way I can, but let's keep the pass under a hundred bones per year, please? What say y'all?

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Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees : The Two-Way : NPR
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:36 PM   #2
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I didn't see anything about the Annual Pass rate being raised.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:51 PM   #3
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I've seen several campgrounds with increased fees.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:55 PM   #4
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I posted the new rates for Yellowstone and Teton NP on another thread.

It's good to be ≥62. You can't beat that senior pass!
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:34 PM   #5
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For Yosemite it's only summer months that the fees are increased. Not permanent
Are the other parks permanent?


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Old 06-24-2015, 01:13 PM   #6
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:32 PM   #7
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The lifetime Senior Pass, good for free admission to all national parks, monuments, national forests, etc. for you and everyone in your vehicle, is perhaps THE greatest travel bargain in the U.S. You usually still pay for camping and other extra cost services, but admission is free. I paid $65 for mine -- haven't checked to see if the cost has increased in the past several years.

However, the two most visited national park units in America, the Great Smokies National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, both have free admission for everyone all the time.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:18 PM   #8
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Senior Pass is still $10 for life. Yellowstone went up to $30 for 7 days per car. Yellowstone and Grand Teton Combination is $50.

Disney World Park Hopper $127 for three days.

YNP still quite the bargain - half the world's geysers, a thousand miles of trails, hundreds of waterfalls, hot springs, fumaroles and the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48.

Mind you, I am biased...

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Old 06-24-2015, 02:57 PM   #9
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I get a lot of mileage out of my $80 Annual Park pass. I visited over 20 parks and monuments last year. So, I'm okay with a little increase. It's still a deal for me.

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As a senior, I'm happy to have a lifetime $10 pass and half-price camping in the federal lands. But I actually don't think it's fair. I think the Dept. of the Interior could raise the seniors rate to $100 for life, $20/year or something comparable. The National Parks we visit need help to maintain or improve the park experience.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:03 PM   #11
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I agree. $10 is nothing when you see us 1%er's getting in free with our Airstreams and other expensive RVs.

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My FREE Access Pass has saved my hundreds.
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As a senior, I'm happy to have a lifetime $10 pass and half-price camping in the federal lands. But I actually don't think it's fair. I think the Dept. of the Interior could raise the seniors rate to $100 for life, $20/year or something comparable. The National Parks we visit need help to maintain or improve the park experience.
I could not agree more! I'm not a senior... yet. I would be willing to pay a lot more for my Annual pass. It still saves me money and I love to see the dollars going to the parks. I have a friend who refuses to buy the $10 lifetime pass she is eligible for, and continues to purchase an annual pass to "support the parks."

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Old 06-24-2015, 04:02 PM   #14
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You guys who are anxious to spend more for your park fees... there's a simple answer for you.... quit buying the discounted fees and quit buying only ONE pass for your vehicle/family. Buy one for EACH adult in your group!

Leave me out of your plans for higher fees...I've been paying my taxes for a half-century without complaint because (unlike the richest 1%)... I don't mind paying taxes when I make income.... and now that I'm retired I'm ready to enjoy the pleasures I've been supporting all those years.
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