Yosemite to Increase Entrance Fees by 50%

It's the park's first fee increase since 1997.
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It's the park's first fee increase since 1997.

Yosemite may soon become one of America’s priciest national parks.

CBS reports that the park plans to increase the cost of single-vehicle entrance fees, pedestrian entrance fees, and annual passes by 50% as early as next spring.

Under the proposed increase, the cost of single-vehicle pass (good for one week) would increase from $20 to $30. By comparison, a weeklong vehicle pass for Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks costs $25.

Additionally, the cost of a Yosemite annual pass would increase from $40 to $60, putting it above Rocky Mountain National Park, which currently charges $50.

“The additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and increase resource protection," the National Park Service said in a statement.

Yosemite's campground rates are also under review. The park is proposing to increase campground rates from $5 per night to $6 per night, family sites from $20 to $24 per night, and group sites from $40 per night to $48 per night.

The NPS is accepting feedback on the proposal until November 20.

Read more: CBS