National Park Entrance Fees Frozen at 2007 Levels
National Park Service Director Mary Bomar, in a decision she calls "in the best interest of the NPS," has frozen park entrance fees at 2007 levels. However, some amenity fees, such as the nightly cost of a campsite, are going up as planned.
Across the 391-unit National Park System, quite a few entrance fees were scheduled to be bumped up this year. For example, scheduled to jump from $10 to $20 were the fees at Arches, Canyonlands National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Everglades National Park, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Many other entrance fee increases also were postponed, such as the $5 increase, to $25, at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Yosemite National Park, the doubling, to $10, of the fee at Capitol Reef National Park and Capulin Volcano National Monument, the $5 boost, to $15 at Devil's Tower National Monument, Lava Beds National Monument, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and Padre Island National Seashore.
Curiously, this decision was made two months ago but not publicly announced.
As for proposed 2009 fee increases, those too are being held in abeyance at this time.