Tester Slams Park Service Price Increases
The U.S. National Park Service has proposed increases in entry fees at 17 national parks, including Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, aimed at raising money for deferred maintenance costs, but critics fear it could hurt other local tourism-based economies. According to a news release, the fee increases would target the five busiest consecutive months of the year.
For Glacier and Yellowstone national parks entrance fees for private non-commercial vehicles would more than double, from $30 to $70. The entrance fees for motorcycles would increase from $25 to $50. Bicycle and pedestrian entrance fees would double to $30, and the price of an annual pass would go up to $75 at each of the affected parks. Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester blasted the proposal, saying Congress should be responsible for pay for the backlog of National Park Service projects.