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Old 10-29-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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U.S. National Parks Get The Go-Ahead To Raise Entrance Fees

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Old 10-29-2014, 06:36 PM   #2
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Thanks for the update. Our National Parks and Monuments are truly beautiful and wondrous places. I understand their need for money. I just hope all of the money goes to them.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:17 PM   #3
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We are close to yosemite but rarely go due to too many people.

Would like to see days with maybe $50.00 entrance fee or maybe one week 50 of each month.

It would be just like taxes...if you wish to reduce the use of something tax it...

I would rather pay more and be able to park and enjoy the park.

25 or so years ago we maintained their radio network and was there every week and it was busy then but crazy now.

Last visit we got on the bus and after about 30 minutes sitting still was told it would be better to WALK!

Walked from mirror lake to yosemite falls and the bus never passed us...

Raise the gate fee but keep the additional monies in the park that collects it.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:18 PM   #4
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There us a much better story on the increase located on CNN or in the National Parks Traveler.
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This is a very complex issue, as you folks realize. Raising entrance fees may be necessary, and I agree; but_ how will it affect the family of 5 that because of their jobs, must save for 2-3 years in order to take the family on a 2 week vacation to some of our wondrous national parks?
For some years now, some parks must be self-sustaining for the most part. Over-use is commonplace today, as our population grows it will worsen. The only way to keep a park presentable is to spend money restoring damage from overuse.
Complex issue, you bet!
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After reading this article, Yellowstone park considers bumping up bandwidth, I wonder about the real reasoning behind the fee increase. ($34 million will fund a lot of improvements within the park)
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I don't have a problem with raising the entrance fee to some of the most used National Parks. (easy for me to say with a senior lifetime pass) But what is $5 more for a weeks use of a National Park as opposed to taking a family to a Disney complex for a day, you need to take out a loan for that. The National Park system provides a look into history at a minimal cost. If they don't get the money from increased fees then they will get it through our taxes so let the people that use the parks pay for it. Even with the increase in fees it will still never cover the cost of upkeep, personnel and future development.
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Can't enjoy NP with the large crowds that crawl all over you and show their rudeness no matter how much a fee is imposed. Unless I go in off seasons, I probably won't go at all to these areas. In addition to raising fees, they should put out a capacity sign like in public buildings, showing cars and people. Once the capacity is reached, shut the gate until the population decreases. Would this slow down the rat race any?
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Tour busses full of French and Chinese is most of what we saw this summer out west at the parks. These floks paid big bucks to cross the assorted oceans and see the USA. Fee hikes will not effect them, just Joe Plumber and his family in OH. Sad but true.
I predict a Food Stamp style program for regular Americans to get in cheaper... yeah, right.

I do think the annual parks pass should be available to citizens at a fair price despite the gate fee.
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What is ridiculous is giving away a lifetime pass to all national parks for $10 to seniors. My wife and I certainly have benefitted from it as we each have our own, but $10 per year would still be a steal.
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What is ridiculous is giving away a lifetime pass to all national parks for $10 to seniors. My wife and I certainly have benefitted from it as we each have our own, but $10 per year would still be a steal.
The lifetime pass is an acknowledgement, National Parks have been been Federally subsidized and citizens that have been paying the taxes to support the subsidies for many years and are now on fixed income are entitled to a stable discounted rate. I don't have a problem with that.
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What is ridiculous is giving away a lifetime pass to all national parks for $10 to seniors. My wife and I certainly have benefitted from it as we each have our own, but $10 per year would still be a steal.
Don't forget, it's free if you are a disabled senior. I agree with kwseeger completely.
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The NP's are a bargain to see if you are willing to put up with the masses. They are priceless if you are willing to adventure out and see what's beyond the pavement, gift shops, and hand rails.
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The lifetime pass is an acknowledgement, National Parks have been been Federally subsidized and citizens that have been paying the taxes to support the subsidies for many years and are now on fixed income are entitled to a stable discounted rate. I don't have a problem with that.
I see a ton of RV'ers on a "fixed income" driving their $300k dp's. $10 a year wouldn't break anybody, hey it is less than (fill in the blank). I have no problem with a "stable discounted rate", but now it is virtually zero. Is there anybody that wouldn't be happy to get a $10 per year pass to everywhere when they hit 62? I am just saying that they went too far.
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