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Fee increases at national parks starting to look unlikely

Posted: 8:43 AM, Apr 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-04 10:43:40-04

The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks in the face of widespread opposition from elected officials and the public.
  
The plan would nearly triple entrance fees at 17 of the nation’s most popular parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion, forcing visitors to pay $70 per vehicle during the peak summer season.
  
While plans are still being finalized, a spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says officials have "taken the public’s suggestions seriously and have amended the plan to reflect those" comments.
  
Zinke "remains laser-focused on rebuilding our park infrastructure" and addressing an $11 billion maintenance backlog in the parks.