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http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/25/560118955/fees-to-enter-popular-national-parks-would-skyrocket-under-interior-department-p

It will cost $75 to enter the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and 15 other national parks under this new plan. It's currently $25-30 at most of the popular national parks. I understand that there is a $12 billion backlog for maintenance of the parks, but by making them that expensive, it will probably prevent people from visiting those parks. So I wonder if the revenue would balance out.

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And that article says it's still only per vehicle, not per person.

So if you're from a group of people who are well known for being able to pack your cars full of people, it's still a good deal.  

I wouldn't worry, there's still going to be plenty of opportunities to swim in the rivers and lakes.  In jeans.  

The only question, really, is river or lake?

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On 10/25/2017 at 6:45 PM, calscuf said:

Awesome.

National Parks will be less crowded and no poor people!

Maybe, but there will be plenty of old people. In August I bought my lifetime park pass for $10. I met the age requirement by seven months before it went up to $80 (which is still a bargain for lifetime access).

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3 hours ago, Taylor said:

That's too bad. National Parks are awesome. 

no doubt, but i'm not a fan of camping. maybe that'll change when i retire but for now, meh.

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2 hours ago, Tank said:

no doubt, but i'm not a fan of camping. maybe that'll change when i retire but for now, meh.

You can experience a National Park without camping. My wife and I have been to several, but only once did we actually camp in one. They can also make for really fun and interesting day trips.

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If the money is used towards improving services and infrastructure, you have to look at it. $70 a car for some places is tough, but geez, Yosemite in the summer can be insane. The downside I see though is the national parks shouldn’t be like disneyland, you shouldn’t have to be rich to visit. 

Reservation system might be an idea. Maybe prioritize for US visitors. Damn Germans and French just screw things up anyways. 

They should also be pushing some of the lesser parks as well. 

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1 hour ago, red321 said:

If the money is used towards improving services and infrastructure, you have to look at it. $70 a car for some places is tough, but geez, Yosemite in the summer can be insane. The downside I see though is the national parks shouldn’t be like disneyland, you shouldn’t have to be rich to visit. 

Reservation system might be an idea. Maybe prioritize for US visitors. Damn Germans and French just screw things up anyways. 

They should also be pushing some of the lesser parks as well. 

LMAO! Have you been to Disneyland in the past 10 years? If the crowd there is considered rich we are in deep shit. 

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Just now, LHalo said:

LMAO! Have you been to Disneyland in the past 10 years? If the crowd there is considered rich we are in deep shit. 

Have you paid for tickets to go and spent the day there? Family of four is probably spending close to a grand a day just inside the park. 

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2 minutes ago, red321 said:

Have you paid for tickets to go and spent the day there? Family of four is probably spending close to a grand a day just inside the park. 

You can finance annual passes. I know this because I make monthly payments.

Many of the people there aren't "rich".

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21 minutes ago, LHalo said:

You can finance annual passes. I know this because I make monthly payments.

Many of the people there aren't "rich".

We do the same thing. It’s still $1500 or so for a family of four, and your local. 

Don’t take it so literally. The point being the national parks shouldn’t be like an amusement park...unless it’s Bryce and the disaster the surrounding town is. 

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