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Park Service Backs Away from Steep Entrance Fee Hikes

The entrance fee at many national parks, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, will rise $5 this year. The new vehicle fee at Teddy Roosevelt will be $30. The entrance fee at many national parks, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, will rise $5 this year. The new vehicle fee at Teddy Roosevelt will be $30. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

Created: April 12, 2018 02:56 PM

The Interior Department is increasing fees at the most popular national parks to $35 per vehicle, backing down from an earlier plan that would have forced visitors to pay $70 per vehicle to visit the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and other iconic parks.

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A plan announced Thursday would boost fees at many parks by $5, up from the current $30 but far below the figure Interior proposed last fall.

The plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke drew widespread opposition from lawmakers and governors of both parties, who said the higher fees could exclude many Americans from enjoying national parks. The agency received more than 109,000 comments on the plan, most of them opposed.

The $35 per vehicle fee will apply at Bryce Canyon, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion national parks.

A full list of entrance fee changes is posted at https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/entrance-fee-prices.htm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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