Fee Increases Proposed for Arches, Canyonlands

Grand County(Moab Utah)-Managers of Arches and Canyonlands national parks want to raise entrance fees at the popular recreation spots. Under a National Park Service proposal released Friday, the cost of driving a single vehicle into either park would rise to $25. Entrance for a private vehicle now costs $10.Campground fees generally would increase by $5 per night at Arches’ Devils Garden, and Canyonlands’ Willow Flat and Squaw Flat campgrounds.Also, ranger-led Fiery Furnace tours would cost more — increasing from $10 to $16 per person for adults (13 years old and older) and from $5 to $8 for children.Park managers noted in the release that fees have repaired 3½ miles of trails and added toilets at Devils Garden. Parking at the Wolfe Ranch/Delicate Arch trailhead will be expanded this year using fee funding.Fees have not increased at either park since 1996. Park leaders are considering adding more parking, a parking reservation system, shuttles and parking attendants to handle the increased traffic.

Comments about the potential fee increases can be submitted at parkplanning.nps.gov. Or by mailing comments to National Park Service, Southeast Utah Group, Attn: Planning and Compliance Coordinator, 2282 S. West Resource Blvd., Moab, Utah 84532.

The park also will host an open house Jan. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Moab’s Grand Center, 82 N. 500 West.

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